Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Folding Shoe’? Try the Vibram Furoshiki |

Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Folding Shoe’? Try the Vibram Furoshiki

by Stephen Regenold


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The company that brought the world shoes with toes in its FiveFingers line has introduced footwear modeled after traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. I know, that sentence makes almost zero sense.

At first glance, neither do these shoes. Advertised as “outsoles that wrap around your foot,” the Vibram Furoshiki shoes are essentially rubber soles adorned with a swath of stretchy fabric.

A wearer “folds” them on, using Velcro as the securing mechanism in lieu of laces. Each fabric end catches a tab once wrapped and folds fully onto the heel.

Toes move freely inside of what feel like socks with a thin tread. Rubber phalanges snake up each side.

I tested them out this week. You put a Furoshiki on the floor and step on top. Now, grab the fabric and wrap your foot.

For more on this product, visit Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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