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Japanese homes are potential death-traps for the elderly; each new flooring material—from smooth tatami, to plastic mats, carpets, and faux wooden flooring—is a potential killer. Now the Terumo Corporation, experts at producing medical technology, have produced Upwalk (￥1,980Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
White Rabbit Express service fee and other costs not included.), anti-stumble socks. The socks are for those in their twilight years, who are four times more likely to stumble due to reduced muscle strength (according to the product’s website).
A youtube promotional video might feature an old Japanese couple catastrophically slipping their way into a coma, but this isn’t total snake-oil. The Terumo Corporation have done their research, and won a Japanese Good Design Award for the Upwalk in 2012. The idea is to create a sock which encourages you to lift the tips of your toes up as your walk and to balance on your heels as a way to stop “tipping over,” using a specialized sewing technique which creates a pulling feeling on the front of your foot.
Sizes: 22-23, 23-24, 24-25, 25-26 and 26-27cm
Colors: Gray, black and pink
Cleaning: It is recommended that you use a mild detergent or softener to keep the texture of the material, and wash it with warm water of about 30 ℃ . Please dry it in the shade fix the form and please avoid the use of chlorine bleach.