Minimalist, Chainmail Shoes Take Cue From Medieval Design
Chainmail shoes for running and walking protect wearers from cuts and punctures while providing a barefoot feel.
Gost PaleoBarefoots are a design alternative to minimalist shoes made from stainless steel chainmail and a nylon lace pull. Designed for use in natural environments (such as trail walks and beach running, not roads or sidewalks), the shoes let wearers feel and navigate the natural world while protecting feet from rocks, roots and broken glass.
Chainmail — the same material used by butchers to protect them from fast moving blades, as well as samurai and medieval armor that guards against slashing blows and blade penetration — is durable enough to last a lifetime and, reportedly, smooth against the skin.