Stronger-than-steel FreeYourFeet socks could spell end of shoes

By: | Published: August 30, 2015 10:00 PM

A Swiss company claims to have created socks that are 15 times stronger than steel and could make shoes obsolete

A Swiss company claims to have created socks that are 15 times stronger than steel and could make shoes obsolete.

The waterproof FreeYourFeet (FYF) sock is built to “fit like a glove” and gives the wearer a feeling of being barefoot, while protecting the feet from injuries.

The tear and abrasion resistant socks have been tested by athletes and adventurers for rock climbing, surfing, slack lining and even swimming with sharks.

The Swiss Barefoot Company used a super-strong fabric named Dyneema to create the socks. Dyneema floats on water and is resistant to moisture, UV light and harmful chemicals.

The socks’ soles have ‘grip dots’ that let the wearers use them on all terrains, ‘Daily Express’ reported.

“FYF Increases your performance safely, and with a new sense of security,” said Dieter Hesch, founder of the company in Switzerland.

“There are many sports where you would like to be barefoot but the risks of being injured are too high so you don’t do it.

“For example water sports and martial arts, balance and equilibrium is very important,” he said.

The socks, however, will not protect against sharp objects that can puncture the feet like needles and sea urchin spines.

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