Questions & Answers new favorite minimalist shoe

In the "Standards" thread here on, there was discussion about what is a minimal shoe. As a means of discussion, someone mentioned how they would classify socks.

This got me thinking about socks as shoes. So, I have been trying it out...LOVE IT! I have been wearing cheap, simple ankle-hig white athletic socks.

1) Cheap. Yes they will wear out quickly, but at 50 cents per pair, who cares. 2) Great fit. 3) Full forefoot freedom. 4) Super-minimal. 5) Keeps all the sand/grit from tearing up my sole-skin...the single biggest problem I have walking barefoot in the Spring here in Boston. 6) Keeps my feet acceptably warm when walking on cold pavement in cold weather. 7) In the summer they will protect me from buring the crap out of my feet. I burned my feet 3 times last summer and got huge blisters.

Goofy looking? Very. Do I care? Not enough to keep me from wearing my socks out in public.

I bought shoe-goo and am going to experiment with rubberizing the bottoms of socks. I am thinking that shoe-goo socks will last longer, and maybe will be wearable in even colder weather or on rougher surfaces.


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Please keep us updated! This is a great idea (regarding the sock shoe-goo)!

How much goo do you think you could get on?


What surfaces have you experimented with? How many pairs do you take with you on a long run? I've tried running in socks before, and it didn't work well. I end the little trial thinking I would need a backpack full of socks to get me through 20 miles of asphalt. Granted my form has improved a bit since then, so I should have less of a sliding motion when hitting the ground. Definitely keep us updated.

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