Last week Adidas announced a radical knitted football boot, the Samba Primeknit (top left), but in an announcement today, the company has gone one massive step further by combining the boot and sock into what it believes will be the football boot of the future. While acknowledging the boot/sock Primeknit FS (top right) is a concept model, it plans to release the all-in-one hybrid later this year. Adidas claims the hybrid design provides a bespoke lightweight barefoot-like second-skin with vastly improved “feel” and a perfect fit from toe to calf.
After seeing a barrage of ever-changing styles over the past few years, we've become sort of numb to the weirdness of barefoot shoes. But, every once in a while, a manufacturer manages to introduce a design that shocks and awes. The barefoot-leguano that we spotted at the recent ISPO sports show is one such design. Sort of a Swiss Protection Sock
with a mild Reebok ATV-style
bubble sole, these shoes aim to fill that lessening void between full shoes and bare piggies.
The legions of minimalist shoes
on today's market strip away materials with reckless abandon to give you a barefoot-like experience. Kusa flip flops, on the other hand, actually add material to bring your feet a little closer to the earth below. The material in question is synthetic turf, which Kusa slides under each foot, providing a soft, natural feel that makes each step feel like walking across a freshly mowed lawn.
The barefoot shoe revolution has really brought us some interesting shoes. You have the classic (and kinda creepy) Vibram FiveFingers, the Sazzi five-toed sandals
and the Swiss Barefoot shoe-socks
, to name but a few. One of the latest entries in weird, goofy barefoot cobbling is the Freeheel Runningpad, a sort of half sandal from Germany's Starringer.
Swiss Protection Socks from Swiss Barefoot put a whole new spin on the barefoot movement. These are essentially big, burly socks that are designed to be worn not inside shoes, but instead of them. The manufacturer claims that the socks are hefty enough to protect your feet from the pain and dangers of walking completely barefoot.
Minimalist, "barefoot" shoes have been one of the biggest stories of the footwear industry for several years. Some companies won't be happy until you're essentially wearing a micro-thin sole on your naked feet. The latest step toward that future is the O1M One Moment shoes.