Will you be wearing these next summer?

Walk on hot sand without thinking
Walk on hot sand without thinking Photo: NakeFit

The latest in fashion we just don't know how to feel about is ready to be released in time for summer. It's NakeFit: the foot pad you can stick to the bottom of your feet instead of wearing shoes.

NakeFit say they give you the freedom of being barefoot, while protecting your feet from rough terrain and heat. Which sounds pretty good, I guess, but if it's so hot, why do I want something sticking to the bottom of my feet?

You know when you're at the beach and you step on someone else's discarded bandaid? I haven't tried these NakeFit things but I'm imagining them to feel like that – times a hundred.

But hey, what do I know? The Kickstarter campaign for NakeFit has blasted past its launch goal of $33,330 by raising about $365,000. That's 4649 backers who are desperate to be first in line to get their feet onto these waterproof, cut-proof, heat-resistant, and slip-proof soles.

The NakeFit soles come in pink and blue – and black for those more formal events.

"Imagine a world where you could just jump and run around without worrying about being barefoot," a promotional video for the company said. "NakeFit is the ultimate way of protecting your feet in every circumstance."

Yeah, except you're not barefoot, are you? You're wearing stickers on your feet – which must feel super weird. And all I'm thinking about is whether I'd be able to flex my toes, or would they be stuck together in a fleshy mass like rats tangled together in the New York sewers?

The NakeFit website says they were invented to "keep your feet effectively protected and at the same time support all of the amazing things it can already do." Horrid grammar notwithstanding, that sounds great. But you know, so do shoes.

First orders are being sent out next month, so get in and order yours now if you want to be at the cutting edge of weird sticky foot fashion. You can buy them for $50 for a pack of ten – so that's $5 per wear. About a thousand times more than a pair of rubber thongs.