The minimalist movement has transformed the running-shoe landscape, and we’re beginning to see its influence in other footwear, too. Companies like Vivobarefoot now make everything from barefoot-inspired casual shoes to slipper-like high-top hikers. So we shouldn’t be surprised that someone decided to jettison the shoe entirely. Swiss Barefoot’s Protection socks are a Kevlar and cotton-poly-spandex blend, and are designed to be worn by runners instead of shoes, not in them.
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