Socks or shoes? Neither.

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Funded over 1 000 000+ $ Kickstarter
+ Indiegogo

Move without limits

Lightweight pocket footwear for all your adventures

and 65+ more

Simply with you. Anywhere…

We designed Skinners to be a handy companion for all your sports and travels. They fit in the pocket so it’s easy to have them around wherever you need…



Enrich your training on natural or soft surfaces and activate all your foot muscles and tendons. Skinners simulates the barefoot experience and forces your feet to adapt to the terrain. A strong athlete starts with strong feet.



Walking is a great way how to start with Skinners. Awake lower half of your calves, improve your posture and explore what your feet can do! CAUTION: Addictive! :)


Camping & Hiking

Those 4-pounds boots got the job done on that 20-mile hike but now it’s time to take off those heavy casts and give your feet a rest. Skinners let you move around the campground without getting dirty, wet or stung.



Clap-clap! Who’s there? Cycling cleats! … You know it, SPDs are great invention unless you need to get off the bike and walk in them into restaurant or castle while sightseeing .. So stop destroying your cleats and feet, get out of those hard shells and stretch your feet for a while in Skinners :)


Water sports

Slippery stones, hot sand and dirt sticking to your feet or between your fingers are not the most popular things on the beach. And if you don't need expensive neoprene shoes either, Skinners will do their job just as well...



That 10-hour flight or bus ride can be tough on your feet – trapped in shoes simply because you can’t take them off due to the cold, dirty ground or embarrassing odor.



We love your fashionable high-heels and Oxfords :). But usually 6 hours out of 8 at the air-conditioned office you are hiding them under the desk. And to be honest, because of comfort it's possible they end up next to your cold, dirty ground touching feet. Don't risk getting cold and tune up your work performance with Skinners!


Roller blading

Getting to the bike path, descending hills or getting over other obstacles in the way can be tough. But who wants to spend the whole ride with a sweaty back from carrying their spare shoes around?



Flex to the max! Enjoy the freedom, great grip and stay away from dust, cold and dirt that’s to be found on your favorite studio‘s floor.

Fitness & yoga


Socks, flip-flops, running shoes. Skinners disrupt this trinity of gym footwear and combine the advantages of each – the freedom of a sock, the great grip and the basic protection of shoes.


Freedom, protection & portability


Antibacterial yarns with pure silver (Ag+)


Toe protection


SKINNERS StrechtKnit


Anti-abrasive swedish polymer


Water-resistant underside


Adhesive and phtalatefree double layer

1,5” - 4 cm
weight: 80 g
Anti-Odor iconAnti-Odor
Ultraportable iconUltraportable
Durable iconDurable
Washable iconWashable
Barefoot iconBarefoot
Handmade iconHandmade

Skinners model lines


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Athleisure line

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New design: Low Cut

“Tested with 80 flights a year. The best thing to move around at the airport.”

Marian Ch. – Skinners owner

“Addictive! After few weeks, I could not go back to regular running shoes anymore…“

Richard Johnson – Skinners owner

“Freedom + protection everywhere I need.”

Monica P. – Skinners owner

We are worldwide

Thanks to you Skinners are now in more than 90 countries and on every continent. Simply anywhere.


  • 01

    Hey, are Skinners socks or shoes? :)

    Neither, yet both. We combined the best from both worlds - the freedom of a sock and the protection of a shoe into one nifty entity. Simply put, Skinners are a new piece/kind of clothing...

  • 02

    Should I wear Skinners with or without socks?

    For maximizing your comfort and ensuring longer-lasting fresh feeling, we recommend wearing thin ankle socks with Skinners. However, it's completely up to you, both ways are good, so choose for yourself whichever you prefer :)

  • 03

    Skinners look fragile, aren't they going to break after a while?

    No, we designed them to last. The bottom material is highly abrasive-resistant and is similar to the landing area on flagships. Knitting is seamless and there's no glue or any other adhesive that could fall apart. Simply put, there's nothing to break. You can only wear them out…

  • 04

    After how many miles will I wear them out?

    We have worn the same model for more than a year and it's still doing fine. But it really depends on if you are 250lbs guy using Skinners for running on a road or 100lbs girl using Skinners as backup shoes or just for walking on soft surfaces. That’s why we cannot promise the exact mileage. However, from our experience we can say that Skinners last longer than some kinds of running shoes for 150$.

  • 05

    Talking about running, how does it feel to run barefoot in them?

    Running in Skinners is really like running barefoot. However, you still have to gradually train the muscles and tendons to regain strength. As for asphalt, other hard surfaces, long distances or dangerous environments where you wouldn’t run barefoot, we recommend sticking to classic running shoes.

  • 06

    I’m right on the edge of a size. Should I go for the smaller or the bigger one?

    Everyone is unique and only you can consider what type of feet you have. It’s good to take into account the width of your feet - if it’s wider than average, it’s recommended to choose Skinners which are one size bigger. Generally speaking, Skinners should fit tightly, without any extra space and still feel comfortable - just as socks. If you are still in doubt, you can also take a look at our approximate size chart in centimetres and inches, which might help you with your decision:

    XS: 22,6 - 24,1 cmXS: 8,9 - 9,45″
    S: 24,1 - 25,4 cmS: 9,45 - 10,00″
    M: 25,4 - 26,8 cmM: 10,00 - 10,55″
    L: 26,8 - 28,1 cmL: 10,55 - 11,05″
    XL: 28,1 - 29,4 cmXL: 11,05 - 11,60″
    XXL: 29,4 - 30,9 cmXXL: 11,60 - 12,45″
  • 07

    Can I use Skinners as water shoes?

    The bottom layer of Skinners is water-resistant, which means that your feet will stay comfortable even when you run in them on wet grass. However, the fabric on top does not provide any such water protection so if you want to use them for swimming, your feet will get wet. However, for safety reasons, it is always better to have your feet covered when swimming than to have bare feet. You can even use Skinners in salt water without any problems, just wash them in normal water afterwards carefully turning them inside out and letting them dry properly. It’s also good to know that there are no glues or seams used so you don’t need to worry that they will fall apart after using them in water.

  • 08

    Can I really wash them in a washing machine?

    Yes, put your Skinners in a mesh laundry bag, set your washing machine to a gentle cycle (30°C/86°F), throw your Skinners in (we recommend carefully turning them inside out so as not to damage the fabrics) with your regular clothes and wash them together. After you finish, hang them out to dry properly (just as you would dry your regular footwear) and wear them again.

  • 09

    I have received my Skinners and they are perfect, but there are some small black pieces falling off. Will it ever stop?

    Don’t worry, initial crumbling of the bottom layer is normal and is caused by surplus material. It will stop after several uses :)

  • 10

    I have worn Skinners a few times, but I realized they don’t fit me perfectly. Can I return them?

    Unfortunately, we can accept only unworn pairs due to hygienic reasons. Skinners are similar to underwear in this respect - you wear it directly on your skin which excretes sweat and by walking on the floor Skinners are directly in contact with dirt. Due to these factors, general hygiene rules make accepting these worn pieces of clothes impossible. To prevent this kind of an issue, please make sure that you try your Skinners on with socks and on completely clean surface.

  • 11

    Can Skinners be used in extreme conditions?

    Skinners are not a full-time substitute for your regular footwear, therefore we don’t recommend to use them in extreme conditions (walking, hiking, running, cycling, sailing, travelling, yoga, etc. are not extreme conditions! :) ) However, Skinners are partly cut and puncture resistant, so they withstand a lot :)

  • 12

    What about custom duties, sales taxes, VAT, etc.?

    We’ve already sent thousands of pairs all over the world without any problems for our recipients. However, please be aware that there may be import duties on consumer goods imposed in some countries. It is the responsibility of a customer to be aware of those duties, so please inform yourself about the import duties on consumer goods in your country. For orders from the EU, VAT is included - we are shipping from a warehouse located in the EU.

  • 13

    What about Skinners and ECO aspect? I bet you make them in some Asian sweatshop and pollute the Earth!

    Since Skinners are completely handmade in family manufacture in Europe, we strictly obey the legislation of the European Union. We don't use any toxic plasticizer, our compounds are completely phthalates-free and production waste is minimized below 1%. Simply put, production of Skinners is NOT associated with harming people, animals or the environment.

Our reviews...

“These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes.”

Sam Byford – The Verge

“More than reading any book or listening to advice, a few sessions in the Skinners gave me a new understanding (and appreciation) of foot mechanics.”

Andy Robertson – Forbes

“Skinners barefoot running socks are so durable you can walk on broken glass.”

Zoe Meggert – Digital Trends