The legions of minimalist shoes on today's market strip away materials with reckless abandon to give you a barefoot-like experience. Kusa flip flops, on the other hand, actually add material to bring your feet a little closer to the earth below. The material in question is synthetic turf, which Kusa slides under each foot, providing a soft, natural feel that makes each step feel like walking across a freshly mowed lawn.

Besides just feeling all natural, Kusa claims that the turf conforms to the contours of your feet, providing the comforts of a custom-tailored sandal. The company admits that the synthetic turf will feel tight at first, but after wiggling your foot a bit, it should mold around your natural shape and fit like a glove. After a while, the turf may flatten out and need to be "fluffed," which we assume is a little like fluffing up a pillow. Their odd look should also spark a few conversations on the street.

The synthetic turf kind of dictates the look of the overall flip flop, but Kusa does offer several styles in terms of sole and strap colors. The flip flops retail for US$29.95.

Source: Kusa Shoes

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