They look like reinforced socks. A new ‘shoe’ by startup brand Skinner is among the most minimal footwear we’ve seen.
Skinners ‘shoes’ offer little more than skin protection. Made with a sole of “dual-coated, anti-abrasive polymer,” they slip on like a sock and roll up small enough to fit in a pocket.
This in-between footwear was inspired when Czech inventor Petr Procházka was packing for an ultralight backpacking trip in Norway.
“Like most people, I struggled with deciding what to pack while traveling. Armed with ultralight jackets, lightweight towels, and dehydrated food, I sadly looked on as my [second pair of] shoes took up half of my backpack.”
Driven to design lightweight and packable footwear, Procházka took his sewing kit and some leftover materials from a nearby construction site and got to work.
The result was Skinners, which the company touts as the “most ultra-portable footwear in the world.” They use no glue during construction, and the sole has a polymer treatment for waterproofness and grip.
The sock-shoes weigh about 2.8 ounces each. A silver-laced yarn on the upper gives antimicrobial properties.
Made in Europe, Skinners are machine-washable. They will cost $35 once on the market.
Shoe For Backpacking, Sports
These look like a great product to carry as a second pair of shoes for hiking or travel, as they will take up virtually no room in a pack.
For backpacking, if you want to carry something for the campsite to wear while letting hiking shoes air dry, these would do the trick.