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...
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.
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…
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$.
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.
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 saltwater without any problems, just wash them in normal water afterward 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.
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.
Don’t worry, initial crumbling of the bottom layer is normal and is caused by surplus material. It will stop after several uses.
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 issue, please make sure that you try your Skinners on with socks and on a completely clean surface.
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.
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, the production of Skinners is NOT associated with harming people, animals or the environment.