Vibram’s FiverFingers shoes creep me out, but I understand the appeal of footwear that feels like it’s barely there. The Swiss Barefoot Company thinks the same way, but has instead created an ultra-durable sock that’s worn like a shoe.
The socks are made from eight per cent spandex, 10 per cent cotton, 32 per cent polyester, and the most important ingredient, 50 per cent kevlar. The bottoms have also been reinforced with a PVC laminate that helps make them cut-resistant. So your feet will feel as close to being naked while still having some level of protection. Just remember, the socks aren’t cut-proof, so walking on broken glass or jagged rocks is still going to be risky.
Each pair runs about $US78 and apparently requires a bit of practice to get used to walking in them. And while I like the general idea, I can’t think of anything worse than the feeling of walking around in wet socks. So I’ll stick to my sneaks thank you. [The Swiss Barefoot Company via Gizmag]