Flip-flops are a beach essential but theyre actually quite annoying.
They flip sand up your leg, offer minimal support, and arent exactly ideal for those of us with overpronation *foot slides off*.
A company from Portugal has made a sandal called the Iguaneye Jungle, which they claim lets you walk as if barefoot, on any type of ground.
Theres nothing like the feeling of finally taking your shoes off and letting your feet breathe at the end of the day, the shoes campaign video says.
The dream is walking barefoot on the beach and ideally anywhere, but on rough ground our feet need to be protected. Flip-flops and other types of sandals have a design that hasnt evolved for centuies. They are inefficient and old-fashioned.
The ultra-minimal piece of technical rubber only wrap around your big toe and heel, and is inspired by the Amazonian Indians, who used to dip their feet directly into natural latex to create a second skin, thereby protecting their feet.
There are two types of sole available – the Jungle Lux, which features a luxury sweat-absorbing cork and sturdy leather version, or the cheaper Jungle Light, made from waterproof foam.
The Jungle Lux will cost $100 (£70) a pair, but is currently at a discounted price of $69 (£48) on Indiegogo, while you can grab the Jungle Light for $59 (£41) a nice discount from its usual selling price of $70 (£49).
Shipping to the UK costs $10 (£7).
If youve ever stayed at a hostel in a country where you have to leave your shoes outside, youll know that people like to steal flip-flops.
The great thing about these is theyre so fugly, you could leave them anywhere, safe in the knowledge that no-one would take them.
Get your own pair by backing the project on Indiegogo.