Footwear Grants Freedom from Shoes and Permission to Take Life Foot-On
Fitted like a sock but tougher than steel, Free Your Feet (FYF) is the 'no shoes' shoe
The Swiss Barefoot Company has made Kevlar-reinforced socks and now, they’re campaigning for a sports shoe-killer. The Free Your Feet (FYF) looks like a sock but it offers protection that can surpass that of a traditional shoe.
Footwear Grants Freedom from Shoes and Permission to Take Life…Minimalist Footwear Grants Freedom from ShoesThe Swiss Barefoot Company has made Kevlar-reinforced socks and now, they’re campaigning for a sports shoe-killer. The Free Your Feet (FYF) looks like a sock but it offers protection that can surpass that of a traditional shoe.Learn more: http://buff.ly/1LbFRRc
Posted by PSFK on Friday, August 14, 2015
Footwear’s most important purpose is keeping our toes safe from the sharp corners of the ground. But thanks to consumerism (and neglect of its environmental impact), most of us have too many pairs specific for each activity, most of which we barely wear once a month. FYF aims to be the only sports shoe you will ever need whether for mountain climbing, running or wading through urchin-infested waters.
How can the sock, which looks like it’s made of wool, protect against the elements? It’s in the fibers.
The knitted fabric is actually made of 46.5% Dyneema, dubbed by the FYF’s creators as the strongest fiber on earth. Dyneema is ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene(UHMWPE) spun into fibers and is found in body and vehicle armors. With a material estimated to be 15x stronger than steel, the FYF is like a bulletproof vest for the foot.
Aside from strength, the material is ultra-light which helps wearers feel bare. Being hydrophobic, Dyneema doesn’t keep wet. Tiny dots on the sole do little to maintain the FYF’s shape but promises to improve the grip of the footwear.
The five-toe design of the FYF isn’t new. The goal is to provide a barefoot feel, so that when the wearer is scaling a rocky slope or uneven ground, the texture of the terrain could still be felt in detail. Honestly, the design is odd and will merit glances. However, with FYF, you’d look like you’ve forgotten to wear shoes instead of having chosen ugly ones. Plus, their outdoorsy and sporty target market shouldn’t care that much.
With 26 days still on the clock, the FYF has already surpassed its $10,000-goal reaching $83,000 on Kickstarter. The FYF socks can be bought for $50 at the crowdfunding (retail will be at $80) and it comes in sizes up to US 14. Shipping later this year, it’s only right that the Swiss company will bring us the army knife for our beat-up hooves.