Your feet are an ingenious design. They are made for all sorts of action. But we humans have a tendency to wrap them up in bulky, uncomfortable shoes to “protect” them. Why not strengthen them naturally by being as close to barefoot as possible?
Today we’re going to look at three kinds of minimalist footwear. They are ultraportable shoes you can carry in a pocket or slip in a purse. They’re ideal footwear for travel, for yoga and fitness, and for vacations or after work.
SKINNERS: Revolutionary Ultraportable Footwear
Imagine a pair of shoes that you can roll up and carry in a pocket. They’re machine-washable, odor-resistant, and tough enough to keep you safe from broken glass.
Slip them on to relax after a day’s hike and wear them all around the campsite. Take them for a jog around the track to strengthen your feet, or enjoy a yoga class with maximum flexibility and non-slip grip.
Skinners points out that they are also very convenient for flying. Or for when you need a comfy pair of shoes to slip on after rollerblading, and after a long day in dress shoes. They simply protect your feet without getting in your way.
We think that the Skinners Ultraportable Footwear is the best possible combination of a pair of socks and shoes, without any extra bulk. They are handmade in Europe from stretch-knit antibacterial yarn and Swedish polymer soles for superior durability and ultra-lightweight comfort.
All the materials used in their construction are vegan-friendly, and their fabrication is done with an eye to protecting the environment, too. In fact, Skinners won the prestigious RED DOT Design award out of over 5 thousand other products this year.
Choose from a variety of colors to suit your mood: orange, pink, red, white, lime, ocean blue, and fluorescent yellow. Each color is made from the same soft and stretchy yarn with silver fibers. Each pair has the same rugged, flexible soles made from phthalate-free polymer.
Curious? See the Skinners in action as they go up against spilled Legos on the floor. Who knew that such a thin, lightweight pair of shoes could handle this kind of challenge?
If Skinners seem right for you, you’ll be glad to know that the company has already begun shipping their first orders after their Indiegogo campaign was a total success.
FitKicks Women’s Active Footwear
FitKicks Women’s Active Footwear are inexpensive, lightweight, and super-flexible. If you want a second pair of shoes for relief after a long day wearing heels, they might be just what you need.
These lightweight slip-ons have thin rubber FlexForm soles and breathable nylon uppers. They are made to hug your feet with a natural contour and ergonomic fit, giving you free range of motion.
Wear them as slippers around the house, or enjoy them for yoga, during a long flight, or for a stroll around the mall. When you aren’t enjoying them on your feet, the FitKicks fold up to fit in your pocket or purse.
FitKicks come in a variety of colors and patterns as well as four sizes. Choose from small up to size 6-1/2, medium up to size 8, large up to 9-1/2, and extra-large up to 11.
Stick on Soles, Invisible Shoes Stick on Foot Pads, Foot Stickers with Anti-slip and Waterproof Design by OYSIN
If you’ve heard of Nakefit, you’ll see that you can get a similar experience for less money by wearing these stick-on soles from OYSIN.
Have you ever gone for a walk barefoot in the hot sun? Yes, it hurts! Your sensitive feet aren’t used to being naked on baking asphalt and burning sand. So here’s the solution for next time: stick-on shoes.
What’s the point of using foot stickers? Why not just wear flip-flops or water socks? Well, gritty sand can make those two kinds of footwear pretty uncomfortable. And if you’re barefoot to enjoy nature, you don’t want to deal with shoes. All you really need is just a little protection between you and the ground.
The OYSIN foot pads are perfect in this respect. They are thin and lightweight, easy to transport wherever you need them. The soles have just a little texture to keep you from slipping around the pool, but you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing them.
Their adhesive keeps them glued to your feet even when you go into the water. But when you’re done with them, it doesn’t hurt to peel them off.
The OYSIN foot stickers are made from biodegradable material that won’t clog up landfills. They come in a variety of colors, too.
FAQs about ultra-lightweight footwear
Q: Why all the fuss over barefoot running shoes and ultra-lightweight footwear?
A: One of the things that got people interested in barefoot running and ultralight shoes was a Harvard study about runners getting fewer injuries when running unshod. The study showed that it is because they strike the ground differently than runners with shoes. Soon afterwards, major brands like Vibram and Nike started releasing running and racing shoes with minimal designs.
Q: Is there a benefit to going barefoot or wearing ultralight shoes?
A: Some people just hate shoes, and others love the stimulation they get from walking on different textures. But there are some other benefits to being shoeless. One is increased strength in tendons and muscles of the feet and legs. Another is better mobility.
Q: What about lack of arch support in minimalist shoes?
A:Some doctors believe that wearing shoes with arch supports actually weakens the feet. If you want to strengthen your arches and your feet in general, transition slowly to going barefoot and wearing barefoot-style shoes.
Q: How can I get started with barefoot running? Or how can I make the switch to ultralight shoes?
A: Get yourself a comfy pair of minimalist shoes. Wear them around the house, out in the yard, down at the beach. Stick to natural ground or a treadmill at first when you begin to run in them. Get someone to help you practice mid-foot strikes and build up your endurance slowly.
Your feet are amazing structures. Celebrate them with ultra-lightweight footwear that lets you strengthen them naturally with just a little protection for comfort and safety.
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