Don’t panic, this isn’t an alien life form. It’s a shoe.

From the same company that brought you the Vibram FiveFingers shoes comes Furoshiki footwear. Designed to mimic the Japanese practice of wrapping objects in cloth, Furoshiki footwear wraps the soles of your feet with rubber treads.

Available in a variety of colors, the Furoshiki sole wraps are made of 72% Polyamide and 28% Elastane and feature a stretchy breathable material that wraps around the top and bottom of your foot to completely enclose it.

The wraps are multi-sized to allow for a tighter or looser fit to adapt to your foot.  The material is not waterproof, but it does dry quickly.

They fold down to a small package that takes up minimal space in a bag compared to traditional shoes.

The Vibram Furoshiki footwraps look like they’d make a comfy round-the-house shoe, or even everyday shoes if you like minimal footwear. Vibram even sells a boot version of the Furoshiki.

You can find more info about these shoes from Vibram and can order a pair for $65 – $110 from Amazon.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t panic, this isn’t an alien life form. It’s a shoe.”

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    1. You’d be surprised. I *have* plantar fasciitis, and wearing FiveFingers actually helped, when I was able to wear them (I commute by motorcycle now, which makes FiveFingers a Bad Idea).

  2. Interesting. My first thought on them is that they might make good backup shoes for hiking/boating – especially if you use these for wading/stream hopping, keeping your normal shoes dry.

  3. My feet get so hot in normal footwear these look like an interesting alternative, the only thing I would worry about would be the cushioning and my disc issue.

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