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VIBRAM KSO TREK

$125, VIBRAMFIVEFINGERS.COM

OK, clear your throat. Now laugh. Yes, these are gloves for your feet. Gloves made of thin Vibram rubber and kangaroo suede leather, no less. But the FiveFingers series from Vibram, which includes multiple foot-glove models, has spiked in popularity with avant-garde outdoors types and anyone looking for the ultimate anatomical design. As the company puts it, with the KSO Trek you get “the sensation of going barefoot with the

protection and security of a sole.”

WENGER INTERLAKEN

$89, WENGERNA.COM

Footwear from Wenger, maker of the genuine Swiss Army Knife, continues the multifunctional theme found in its famous pocketknives. Instead of serrated blades and corkscrews, shoes like the Interlaken tout four-way stretch and water-resistant mesh. A one-pull lacing system replaces a bowknot for quicker on-and-off. The Interlaken, made for wet and dry conditions, allows a foot to breathe while still sealing out water from dew-soaked grass on a morning trail.

TEVA ITUNDA SANDAL

$100, TEVA.COM

This is a sandal that’s almost a shoe. A closed-toe area protects your piggies on a hike. But tromp through a stream and water flows freely in and out of the injection- molded footbed. This is true amphibious footwear—good for land and water. The Itunda’s sole is a sticky rubber that grips dirt and slippery rocks alike. A buckle keeps it secured on the foot in river currents. Drain holes in the sole let water escape fast once you’re back on dry land and ready to hike again.

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