Walking around Barefoot

Thursday, 16 June 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
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While wearing the Topless Sandal at FanimeCon, I felt as if my feet had become duck feet.  These sandals have limited flexibility and you often feel a constant pressure on the soles of your feet.

However, despite my initial discomfort with these sandals, they allowed me a special privilege at the con — walking around barefoot!  These sandals have a lot of potential for the cosplay community.  For starters, they have a sticky top that is relatively easy to apply, they can withstand several blocks of walking, and they can be cleaned with soap and water and reused the next day.  Plus, the Con-Ops never complained about (or didn’t notice) my lack of covered footwear.

My only suggestion is to be especially careful when removing the sandals.  I damaged the sticky layer of glue when I pulled them off after a long day.  Online sources advise slowing peeling the sandal from the sides (rather than the top) to reduce damage to the glue.  Then, you can wash them with soap and water, using your fingers to remove any dirt and grime, and allow them to air dry completely.  These sandals should be able to withstand a full convention weekend.

To purchase these sandals in a specific color, visit the manufacturer’s website.  If they don’t have your size available, you can browse Ebay for a wide range of sizes with completely random colors.  I also recommend purchasing one shoe size smaller than you would typically wear.  For example, I usually wear 8.5, but I decided to purchase the 6.5-8.  This will minimize the amount of sandal showing and provide you with a more authentic barefoot cosplay.

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