Okay, so you've had a long day hiking, walking, cycling or climbing and you've finally set up camp and you just want to kick off those heavy sweaty boots, approach shoes or whatever and let your feet stretch in the air and rest.
However there's still jobs to do, get water, cook, maybe go for a walk to catch the view, grab a munro, take photos or birdwatch. You didn't bring the annoying bulky sandals, crocs or flip flops on this trip and you don't really want to put those boots on again, so what are the alternatives?
This product has been a discussion topic of me and backpacking buddies for years. How many time have we said we need something very light, antibacterial, with a waterproof durable base, you can slip on your feet and use when in camp or nipping out in the night to water the roses? Maybe something you could use to walk into town which would allow your feet to breath but at the same time not slip and slide around like a normal pair of socks.
If you're a wild swimmer it is always more advisable to have something on your feet and these suit the bill. It is good to have grip when you are getting in or out plus some protection from hidden sharp objects.
The customers these were originally designed for were the barefoot running brigade. Something with maximum ground contact but with great grip. It's easy to see why these are now becoming a regular sight in gyms, yoga schools and other exercise classes. In fact search for any reviews from barefoot runners. They all give Skinners a thumbs up.
We've been using ours now for some time and they do everything they say on the tin. Waterproof base, no discomfort, no slipping about and great for nipping out into the garden, across the gravel path or doing any of the usual exercise. Admittedly they aren't a 'warm' comfort type sock/shoe, but if you need an extra layer some thin socks can be added easy enough.
Machine washable, made in Europe, with a great environmental credentials as they are made without toxic plasticizer, using compounds which are completely phthalates-free and production waste is minimized below 1%.
Sure they are not cheap for a pair of socks, but compared to the price of a pair of 'barefoot' shoes they are considerably less than current £120+
Weight 80gms, (160gms pair of size M) less than a pair of cheap (landfill) flip flops!
Go on, give your feet a treat in camp. We are totally sold on them and we hope you will be too.
Colour: Black with small coloured logo (various colours)
Please note: Due to hygiene regulations we cannot offer a refund on these products, so please check your size before ordering.
Durable and Flexible
Hey, are Skinners socks or shoes? :)
Should I wear Skinners with or without socks?
Skinners look fragile, aren't they going to break after a while?
After how many miles will I wear them out?
Talking about running, how does it feel to run barefoot in them?
Can I use Skinners as water shoes?
Can I really wash them in a washing machine?
I have received my Skinners and they are perfect, but there are some small black pieces falling off. Will it stop?
I have worn Skinners a few times, but I realised they don’t fit me perfectly. Can I return them?
What about Skinners and ECO aspect? I bet you make them in some Asian sweatshop and pollute the Earth!
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Monday, 19 April 2021 | Patrick
My biggest hesitation over buying these unique sock/shoes was working out just what they were "for". However, having had a pair for six weeks or so now I find myself reaching for them more and more.
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