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Welcome to the Smart Stuff footwear, with some of the world's smartest gadgets, inventions and ideas in footwear and shoes. Also browse the useful tips and tricks page for some clever and useful ideas for apparel and clothing.



Speed Laces shoestrings
No tying shoe laces.
Here is a faster way of getting your shoes tied. Or easier. Or both. Anyway, you replace your ordinary shoelaces with these elastic ones with the quick lock. Maybe you have seen them before, but these have another feature; you put special low friction eylets into the shoe lace holes. For people doing triathlon, where speed in changing shoes can be crucial. And for the rest of us, where ease of operation can be desired. Yours for USD 8:95 a pair. Speed Laces via Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools.

18 December 2005



Topless Sandal

Topless flip-flops.
We now we are off season for this item. At least where we live. (23°F today, or -5°C if you prefer). But anyway. These are the new flip-flops without the flop part. Or without the flip. Like walking barefoot, without the pebbles. Brilliant. At least for us, who hate that thing that goes between the big toe and the next, whatever it is called. And besides, with these your should eliminate the actual flopping noise that flip-flops make. An added bonus, not mentioned on the site. The Topless Sandal site does claim that the soles have some sort of glue that sticks to your feet but does not leave any stickiness behind. They also promise that the flops should stay sticky for at least a year, with only a wash every now and then. And today is not even April 1... The flops are USD 11:99 (ca SEK 95:-).

18 December 2005




Yaktrax gripper soles

Traction soles.
This is not just for your grandma, if you thought so. These Yaktrax are rubber nets with steel springs that fit over (or rather under) your shoes, giving you traction on ice and packed snow. We would strongly advice, however, to remove them before entering a room with hardwood floors. Available in several stores in Sweden, among them the Addnature web store at SEK 248:- (approx. USD 30:-) a pair.

3 December 2005





Smartwool merino wool socks
Walk the extra mile in merino wool socks.
We suppose these Smartwool socks are made for the sportier among us. The people that spend their off hours hiking in the mountains or distance skating. But that does not mean these socks are not very comfortable for the rest of us, too. We use the thin inner sock like an ordinary sock in regular shoes. They are knitted to be comfortable and provide support for your feet and ankles. They are cool in hot weather and warm when it is cold out. Combine the thin inner sock with one of the heavier socks for hiking in boots, etc. They are not exactly cheap at SEK 120:- (USD 15:-) a pair at the Playground store in Stockholm, but our happy walking feet are worth every penny.

11 February 2005



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