Walking barefoot. It’s liberating, comfortable, and leaves your feet dirty. What’s not to like about it? (Aside from the fact that a number of parasites enter the body through the soles of the feet.)
Whatever there is not to like about going around barefoot, Dutchman Frieke Severs has come up with a solution: Footstickers. See the pic above? You stick ’em on your feet (parts of your feet, actually) and can go places.
With sports and other hazardous activities in mind, Severs designed a material that can reduce slipperyness and protect our pedals from injuries. From what injuries we’re not sure, because we doubt these stickers can deflect the impact of stepping on a rusty nail. Ouch!
To be honest, this is plain ridiculous. (It’s a concept so the ridiculous factor doesn’t figure as much.) Still, foot stickers? They don’t even cover the soft part of your foot. Worse, if this ever goes into production, the adhesive has to be very very powerful to resist sweat, pressure, and dirt. Lots of dirt.
It might not all be useless though. Appliqué like this might evolve into a viable replacement for socks, which have incubated many foul odors in our feet for ages. (That’s another rplus for going a round barefoot; unless you step on doo do, your feet never smell as bad—they smell earthy.)
But stickers for walking around? Here’s a better alternative: flip flops. Ever heard of them?
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