|The exact pair I have, but picture is from Barefootjasons blog|
A few days ago I reached for the VFF's and saw the Walmart Aqua Socks next to them. I bought them 2 summers ago thinking I can wear these at the lake (obviously) or at tri's after I put my wet suit on so I can leave the transition area set up, but still have something on my feet so I don't step on something sharp. I've worn them 3 times and never at a tri. I wear an 8, usually--these are a 7-8 and are HUGE. They are not tight fitting like the word "sock" would imply. So when I saw them next to the VFF's, I decided to pull them on right over my socks. They are still a little big, but perfect for walking to and from the bus/park-n-ride. There is no support, the bottom is soft and flexible too--very similar to the feel of VFF's, without the toes. However, they do look like slippers. If you are considering a minimalist/barefoot-like option for just walking around and don't want to invest in VFF's, this could be what you need. The bonus is that you probably won't run in them (too much) which will allow your dormant tendons, muscles, and ligaments to wake up and strengthen. A few weeks/months down the road your feet & ankles may be ready for some barefoot or minimalist footwear. Check out Barefoot Jason's blog--he wrote a review on them from the perspective of a barefoot running option.