Skinners barefoot shoes - Test & Review
The Skinners are no longer strangers to the world of barefoot shoes. Although visually they are more like socks. Let's take a closer look at the test to see what distinguishes the Skinners from socks and how well the barefoot shoes perform in practice.
Are the Skinners barefoot shoes?
No question about it, the Skinners are clearly barefoot shoes. Logically we have a zero position and 100% flexibility. The Skinners are also incredibly light and breathable. The feet definitely have enough room. We don't have to worry about the toe box or any constrictions because the socks are completely flexible and stretchy.
What does the sole of the Skinners look like?
Let's take a closer look at the sole. What sole? Exactly. The Skinners don't have real soles because they're socks. So we don't have to discuss sole thickness here. However, the underside of the Skinners is made of a special material. This is also a factor which distinguishes the Skinners from normal socks. At first sight the underside of the Skinners looks like a tartan track from the stadium. This is also how the material feels.
Sole of Skinners barefoot shoes
Compared to a sock, the Skinners are cut resistant. So Skinners barefoot socks protect you from shards or other sharp objects on the floor. That's one of the reasons for wearing barefoot shoes instead of going directly out without shoes.
How's the barefoot feeling in the Skinners? The barefoot feeling is incredibly authentic with the Skinners. That's also quite logical, there will be some kind of sock. More flexibility is basically not possible. Even my favorite, the Sole Runner FX trainers, can't keep up with this. There we have a sole of only 2.5 millimeters. But we do have a sole. By the way, you can also have a look at the review about the Sole Runner FX Trainer 4.
Without question - more flexibility is not possible!
The Skinners allow you to claw into the ground completely. This not only gives you an incredible barefoot feeling, but also an enormously good grip. This is a good factor for ligting with barefoot shoes or even hiking with barefoot shoes.
By the way, the Skinners are also suitable for use in water and therefore a very good substitute for water shoes. The advantage of the Skinners is in the material. The barefoot shoe socks are much more comfortable to wear. They are also more breathable.
In the point of barefoot feeling the Skinners therefore get the full score and in my opinion they beat almost every barefoot shoe.
Are Skinners waterproof? The Skinners are only partially waterproof. The sole does not let water through. The "upper shoe", on the other hand, does. So if you step in a puddle, your feet will get wet as soon as the water crosses the border of the sole. That's why you don't get sweaty feet in the Skinners, by the way. There are also waterproof socks, but they are not barefoot socks. This means that the waterproof socks do not protect you from sharp objects, they just keep your feet dry. You can read more about this in the article about waterproof socks.
What is the durability of the Skinners? The better the barefoot feeling, the more the durability usually decreases. Skinners socks offer the advantage here that they do not have any major weak points. With barefoot shoes, things are usually different. The Skinners are made of robust material and are also specially optimised for robust use. This means that the Skinners can also withstand branches or pebbles without getting extinguishers. By the way, this is also a big difference to normal socks, which have gone through very quickly.
The Skinners at the foot
How to clean the Skinners? The Skinners can easily be put in the washing machine. However, it is important that you wash the Skinners barefoot shoes at a maximum of 30°C. Ideally you should also turn the socks inside out to protect them. Basically the same rules apply as for Washing other barefoot shoes.
Should you buy Skinners? The Skinners* are definitely very good barefoot shoes. However, the socks have a big disadvantage. They are definitely not suitable for everyday use. Therefore the field of application of the Skinners is enormously limited. In my opinion, the Skinners are very suitable for hiking or running in nature. In the gym you might have problems with acceptance, because training in socks is not always welcome and allowed everywhere. Even if the Skinners are not real socks, not every operator will understand that. For beach volleyball, however, the Skinners are very suitable. However, I would play there directly barefoot.
The Skinners on foot during a hike in the forest
I do not consider the Skinners suitable for everyday use. With the look, especially as an adult person, you will often be upset and not leave a good impression. For this you should look at other barefoot shoes. In the magazine you will find some nice models, which are also suitable for everyday life.
Only when it comes to slippers do I see the Skinners in everyday life. That concerns for example the use in day-care centres or public facilities (e.g. indoor playgrounds). The Skinners are also available for children*. At home I recommend not to wear slippers and to walk barefoot.
For the mentioned purposes I consider the Skinners* to be a good choice for barefoot shoes. I think Skinners are especially interesting for children.