Czech Company Creates Sock-Sandal Hybrid

As light as socks, as durable as shoes: the revolutionary “ponožkoboty” are a smash hit on Kickstarter

They’re called Skinners. They function as a pair of shoes, but wearers can fold them up like socks for easy transport and storage.

So far, they’ve raised nearly $100,000 (2.5 million CZK) on Kickstarter, nearly ten times the initial goal of $10,000, after a successful campaign on the local crowdfunding platform HitHit last year. 

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Petr Procházka was inspired to create the unique footwear after finding that conventional shoes ate up too much room in his luggage when trying to pack light for a trip to Norway, writes Aktualne.cz. 

“Armed with ultra-light jackets, towels and space-saving dehydrated food, I watched the second half of my baggage taken up by spare shoes for ‘a rainy day’,” he said.

Photo: Kickstarter / Skinners
Photo: Kickstarter / Skinners

The concept behind Skinners is simple.

The top half resembles a state-of-the-art sock, complete with “mesh ventilation zones”, “high-tech cooling viscose threading, and “anti-bacterial yarns with pure silver.”

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But the bottom is where the item truly comes alive: a unique sandal-like, ultra-flexible sole that is hand-crafted in the Czech Republic. It provides the durability of a shoe, but allows Skinners to be folded up like socks for easy transport.

You can read more about Skinners at www.skinners.cz or pre-order a pair of your own by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign. 

Kickstarter rewards will being shipping in August, while Skinners will hit the streets via online sales in October.


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