Why We Chose The Skinners Barefoot Socks: Innovative, surprisingly effective, fun.
When we first came across these by Skinners, we thought they were just another flash in the pan gimmick born from Kickstarter. Sock shoes is the only way to define them, and they probably don’t really need much more of an explanation. They’re made from a stretch knit fabric that has 2mm of polymers on the base that look like black crystals but feel rubbery and soft. Apparently they’re bonded without the use of any adhesives or stitching. Skinners declined to tell us the method behind it, saying that it’s a “trade secret”, so our only guess is that they’re melted on.
“Weighing just 80g and capable of rolling up to fit in the palm of your hand… You can stash these into your backpack pocket and not notice they’re there.”
Despite that ambiguity, the truth is, we’ve come to be admirers of this interesting product. For those who dislike the constraints of footwear and find personal benefits in barefoot running or walking, these could perhaps be perfect, as Outdoors Magic’s editor found out…
Will Renwick, Outdoors Magic Editor
“When I’ve hiked all day in a pair of walking boots, I normally want a bit of respite from them in the evenings at camp or in the hostel or refuge. Most of the time I just walk around barefoot, and I’ve also taken flip flops before but they’re a bit of a pain to carry. From now on, I’m taking these with me.
“Weighing just 80g and capable of rolling up to fit in the palm of your hand, these are incredibly convenient in my opinion. You can stash them into your backpack pocket and not notice they’re there.