Developed by Skinners Technologies, Skinners shoe socks represent a new type of footwear designed for travel and outdoor and sports enthusiasts. The patented minimal shape combines the comfort of socks with the essential protection of a shoe, creating the feel of a second skin.
Skinners can be used as primary footwear for countless activities, either outdoor or indoor. Since late 2016, the company, without any external investors, has sold more than 150,000 pairs to customers in 120 countries worldwide.
This new lightweight shoe sock consists of seamless anti-bacterial StretchKnit with a thin, yet durable, underside coated with anti-abrasion Swedish polymers. Despite its 2mm thickness, each pair is engineered to last approximately 650 km and will easily stand up to being laundered in A washing machine.
They are manufactured in the Czech Republic using a patented waste-free technology and won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for their innovative design, high quality, and functional properties.
Petr Prochazka, the inventor of Skinners and CEO of Skinners Technologies, said, “We wanted to create footwear that is compact, comfortable, and protective at the same time a kind of a Swiss Army knife among shoes – footwear you can literally put in the pocket and use when needed. Wearing Skinners also thoroughly activates your feet muscles and tendons, leading to more effective training.”
The sock shoes are not intended to replace specialised footwear, but to compensate what the feet lost by frequent use of it. He added, “We’re not saying runners should throw away their $150 shoes and start running in Skinners once and for all. Skinners are meant to be used occasionally as a training tool on soft surfaces to better understand how the body works and to increase proprioception.”
Whether it’s moving around camp after a hike, in mountain huts, giving feet a rest, travelling, heading to the gym or using them for shorter runs, even water use for ocean floors and angling, Skinners must be one of the most versatile footwear designs ever.