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Stick-on pads designed to save your soles

Stick-on pads designed to save...
Nakefit are adhesive pads that stick on to the soles of your feet offering grip and some protection from hot or rough surfaces
Nakefit are adhesive pads that stick on to the soles of your feet offering grip and some protection from hot or rough surfaces
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The product seems to be disposable, and single-use, from the video
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The product seems to be disposable, and single-use, from the video
Come in "his and hers" colors
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Come in "his and hers" colors
The pads stick onto the sole of your feet
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The pads stick onto the sole of your feet
Nakefit are adhesive pads that stick on to the soles of your feet offering grip and some protection from hot or rough surfaces
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Nakefit are adhesive pads that stick on to the soles of your feet offering grip and some protection from hot or rough surfaces
Hot sand? No problem!
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Hot sand? No problem!
Hot concrete? No problem!
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Hot concrete? No problem!
The Nakefit pads reportedly come in mens, women's and children's sizes
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The Nakefit pads reportedly come in mens, women's and children's sizes

Nakefit is one of those products that regularly crops up on crowdfunding sites squarely straddling the line between "why?" and "of course!". They're hypoallergenic elastic adhesive pads that stick onto the soles of your feet, providing some protection for those who don't like wearing shoes or forgot their flip-flops.

The Italy-based creator of Nakefit says the pads will give tender tootsies protection from hot surfaces, such as sand, or rough surfaces, such as paving and rocks. They also seem to offer heightened grip, as evidenced by the highly irresponsible display of children running around a pool in the product video.

Hot sand? No problem!
Hot sand? No problem!

The material used for the pads isn't detailed, but they're reportedly produced "without harming people, animals or the environment." They're also waterproof, so will presumably stay stuck on your feet while taking a dip. However, whether their stickiness will stand up to multiple uses or whether they're intended as single-use footwear isn't clear.

What is clear is that there definitely seems to be a market for something like this. We can certainly imagine surfers, or other water-sport enthusiasts embracing the idea of a product that can protect your feet without sacrificing the benefits of being barefoot.

And this certainly isn't the first time we've seen footwear step into minimalist territory. We've seen shoes cut in half, chainmail shoes, something described as a "condom for your feet", and hey... even sock-shoes are a legit thing. So it's not a huge leap to get to these stick on soles.

The pads stick onto the sole of your feet
The pads stick onto the sole of your feet

For a pledge of €30 (US$34) you can snag a set of 10 pairs in one of three colors, with delivery apparently scheduled for as soon as July. As with any crowdfunding campaign there is a risk the product will never eventuate, but if walking across hot sand is a real problem in your life then this could be the answer.

Take a look at the Nakefit in the pitch video below.

Source: Nakefit

NAKEFIT!

4 comments
Bob
There aren't many things more annoying than something stuck to the sensitive soles of your feet.
Bob Flint
Does it let your soles breath, perspiration and long term use? How tough is the surface? Trail packs of a single pair more inviting in case you don't like them, otherwise your stuck with 9 others. How eco friendly are they? The site is really useless for any type of information, smells like a gimmick....
Cody Blank
"We can certainly imagine surfers...embracing the idea" You clearly don't know any surfers. No surfer worth their salt would touch this thing even with a 10' SUP paddle...if you could get them to touch a SUP paddle in the first place.
Ralf Biernacki
The only reason I would wear something like this, is if they protected against puncture injuries---glass, nails, etc. Otherwise they have nothing to offer. Hot sand is too trivial a reason to stick this to your feet.