Would You Wear An Extra Tough Pair Of Socks Instead Of Shoes?

By Andrew Liszewski on at

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 8 percent spandex, 10 percent cotton, 32 percent polyester, and the most important ingredient, 50 percent 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 £50, 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 trainers thank you. [The Swiss Barefoot Company via Gizmag]