Footwear developer Dieter Hesch has come up with FYF socks (Free Your Feet) that are made from a super-strong fabric called Dyneema. The pair is designed to be sports socks-cum-shoes and can be used by rock climbers in their ropes and slings, and is 15 times stronger than steel.
The FYF have been treated to make them resistant to water, while the soles are studded with rubber dots to provide grip on any surface. They have been designed to help protect the athletes feet during a range of sports including running, surfing, diving and even slack line walking.
Hesch said, "We wanted to create a product that helped athletes regain a natural barefoot feeling within their favorite sport." The company claimed Dyneema makes the socks highly resistant to tearing and abrasion while still making them comfortable. Hesch further added, "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."
The company has claimed to have tested the socks in a range of sports including rock climbing, surfing, kite surfing, diving, running and beach volleyball. Hesch said, "The experience comes as close to going barefoot as possible, but protects the foot from cuts and dirt." The pair is likely to cost $80 each when it goes on sale.