Are These Funky Furoshiki Wrap-Around Shoes The Footwear Of The Future?

By Kim Bussing on September 4, 2016

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Italian shoe manufacturer Vibram is well known for its minimalist shoe designs. In 2005, the company revolutionized the footwear industry with the introduction of FiveFingers. Designed to replicate being barefoot, the shoes featured thin flexible soles that molded the wearer’s feet. Now, the company has done it again by collaborating with Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto to create the wrap-around Furoshiki shoes.

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The footwear is very similar to its namesake and inspiration – the Furoshiki cloth used in Japan to wrap anything from gifts to groceries, and even as clothing. It comprises just a rubber sole and stretch fabric that wraps around the foot, almost like a garment burrito.The fabric is then secured with Velcro, alleviating the need for pesky laces. While it may not appear so, the manufacturer attests that the unconventional-looking Furoshiki’s are more comfortable than many of the regular shoes and sneakers that are currently in the market.

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Also, given the flexible material and the design’s anatomical shape, the shoes can easily adapt to different sizes of feet. And while they appear flimsy, Vibram says that the rubber sole is sturdy enough to absorb every crack or bump in the ground and also handle slippery surfaces. Though not suitable for running, the shoe’s grip makes them perfect for less strenuous activities like Pilates and barre workouts. Thanks to their lightweight and flexibility the shoes can easily be stashed inside a gym bag or even an oversized purse. The best part? Wearing socks with these all-encompassing footwear is entirely optional!

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Currently available in five colors, the funky-looking Furoshiki's are a significant departure from the sky-high heels, leather boots, and sturdy athletic shoes we’re accustomed to wearing. It is therefore not surprising that they have garnered a lot of attention since they came to market, earlier this summer. However, whether they are just a short-term fad or “footwear of the future,” remains to be seen!

Resources: refinery29, arch20.com, vibram.com

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  • FredMonday, April 24, 2017 at 11:36 am
    What are dose
    • BarryMonday, April 24, 2017 at 8:11 am
      Boi they look like a ruber band
      • JeffMonday, April 24, 2017 at 8:08 am
        What are thoes
        • Tyler E.Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm
          These things look so weird I mean who wants these when you can go to the store and get a pear of heelys
          • chickenfriedric
            chickenfriedricWednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:18 am
            that looks like the shoes my ancestors wear!!! hahahahaha lol JK
            • chickenfriedric
              chickenfriedricWednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:17 am
              whats wrong with normal shoes. why are people making shoes like these ,they look like water shoes!!!
              • rainbow_queen
                rainbow_queenWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:16 pm
                They kind of look like water shoes, the ones you wear sailing or when you're walking on the ocean floor.🌊🌊🐳🐡🐠
                • Alien ShrekThursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:53 am
                  What planet are these from? *dab*
                  • uuuh...Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:11 am
                    seriously what's wrong with nike and all those "Normal'' shoes? I don't think that they are really the Foot wear of the future. we cant just completley replace shoes with these. They don't even look that comfy. I just dont get it. Maybe their popular in china but i dont think they will ever be popular in The USA
                    • wasuginako
                      wasuginakoMonday, January 30, 2017 at 10:42 am
                      #preach
                      • wasuginako
                        wasuginakoMonday, January 30, 2017 at 10:41 am
                        me and you both
                      • kittycutie
                        kittycutieMonday, December 19, 2016 at 8:43 am
                        Ooo! I love walking barefooted but there are so many things that hurt my feet so I would absolutely love these!! They look so comfy...

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