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March 2014  Click this link to read the Actos Skin Shoes Review from Fitnish.com   
 
 
 
 
 
 

Actos Skin Shoes has been listed as 'Find of the Month' in the South African journal of Natural Medicine , September 2013 edition!

 
 

Product Review

 Kathy Scoble, of Actos Skin Shoes kindly sent my family the new Actos Skin Shoes to test out and review. I was very eager to try them out myself as I was in need of a pair of socks or shoes that I could use for my new training regime within a karate dojo where shoes are not permitted.At first glance, I thought the skin shoes were very modern and sporty. They fit like a glove and walking in them is an absolute delight - light but very snug and comfortable.

My fellow gym ladies were most interested in them and to be honest, I felt like Cinderella in her new glass slippers, that is, uber special! Throughout my extreme training session, I found the Actos skin shoes to have really benefitted me when it came to both ease of wear and grip. Although they appear and feel similar to a sock; their grip on the floor is superb and effective.

I would highly recommend the Actos Skin Shoes for use in training. On the home front, my two sons and my husband were a bit wary when I presented them each with a smart little package containing the Actos Skin Shoes. However, all preconceived ideas where thrown out as they tried them on. They soon agreed that they were trendy footwear with the awesome benefit of being ultra comfortable, and as my husband pointed out, "they don't make your feet sweat'. 

My two sons now prance around the house pretending to be Spiderman in them and at times I've found them snuggled beneath the sheets fast asleep still with their Actos Skin Shoes on!  Obviously the Actos Skin Shoes will be a firm household necessity from hereon! 

 

 Lori Reardon - Content Manager Kidsworld. KZN

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I highly recommend these shoes and use mine all the time. They are super comfortable and perfect for yoga, Pilates, Aquarobics .
 In fact any form of sport of just leisure wear ~ Margo King ~Master Swim and Pilates Instructor

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Don't hesitate to buy these shoes for water aerobics or swimming, they are comfortable and light , and well made! ~ D.Goit

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Bought Actos skin shoes,brilliant,so comfortable,feet get wet but not sloshy wet, dry in no time at all.
Wow even train at the gym in them.money well spent. ~ Tessa Rondebosch, Cape Town

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I been looking for very light-weight and water-proof shoe for activities. This shoe is definitely what I expected. I wore it to surf and also to the beach.
It feels comfortable and comes with style too. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for light-weight and aqua shoes ~ T. Huang

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I have been looking at some activity shoe for surf, fishing or jogging. This shoe does it's job very well. I have been wearing this shoe to surf
and fish 5 times since I received it. Also the look of this shoe does not limit me to wear it ONLY for activity, I can wear it all the time.

Very Good Product. Recommend this shoe to people who likes water and need some foot protection ~ Ryan @ Amazon

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Lightweight Actos Skin Shoes packed in our backpacks came in handy when we were travelling and had to navigate uneven terrain. ~ E.Allan

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When shooting SA SWIMSUIT the team isn't always confined to the beautiful soft sand of the beaches.Things can get a little adventurous
as we go in search of the perfect shot and clambering over rocks and coral reefs can be hazardous at times. Fortunately the team have their feet protected by Actos Skin Shoes.
Slip these guys on and you've got the toughest feet around - plus you don't even know you've got them on! ~ SAS on Location in Borneo

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Loving my skin shoes for Pilates! Thanks guys! ~ Riana FB

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Had mine on at a dinner last night. Got great reviews! They are soooooo comfy and look so good with jeans... - Christi Jansen van Vuuren FB

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My 4 and 7 year old little girls live in their Actos. Hard time trying to get it off them at bedtime. - Done Els FB

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Its a Kinda Magic
 
Wonderful! It exists after all! I could fill this article with superlatives to describe a recent shopping experience. I am currently padding around in my new Actos skin shoes (they are a minimalist footwear that basically resembles a latex sock with a thin sole), they are comfortable, funky, and trendy. The best part though was the incredible service experience I had obtaining them. I found an advert in a fitness magazine, looked up the website (www.actos.co.za) and contacted the South African company that distributes them (getting them into Zimbabwe would entail a little more than standard shipping arrangements). From the outset there was a swift response to my query. The real crunch for me came when I emailed a proof of payment to them. It was 8pm at night, I had just got in from a long and social day and was tidying up a few personal odds and ends before bedtime. Sending the email, I expected a reply the next morning when business hours resumed. No such luck. Rather I had a reply 10 minutes later! That was a dedication to service. The supplier would have been well within their rights to deal with it in the morning but they made a choice to deal with it there and then. That little instance has made me a fan for life.
 
 
What I have experienced with my shoes it called 'Brand Crush' by Seth Godin. It is the interaction of the magic of the brand and generosity. The magic is the excitement of a new experience with a product or service, in this case the concept of skin shoes; the epic feeling of walking around almost barefoot. The generosity is the giving aspect, for me the sacrifice of Kathy on the other end of an email late at night to deal with my order. I'm sold, I'm hooked, I never want to wear another shoe (well not quite).
 
 
I remember the first time I saw a colour television. It was a bulky number that my grandmother had splashed out on. We gathered at the house the weekend it arrived, a bunch of excited kids and adults. It was carefully unpacked, studied, assembled. We waited as it performed the channel search. Then as the screen exploded into colour we were wowed and amazed. Comments about clarity were bandied about the room. We were in love with the magic, with the experience. A few months later we took it for granted. It took flatscreens, LCD's, and retinal displays to recreate a new level of magic for the television.
 
 
The magic part will fade a little over time, I will get used to the experience of wearing the new shoes. The generosity has the capacity to keep me there. Generosity can manifest itself in many ways. At a very basic level by giving something away for free. Facebook gave itself away to users. Now those users are getting a little annoyed by the inevitable commercialisation that has come with the need to please shareholders in a public listing. Generosity wins every time you give a service that is above and beyond the perceived value you are paying. It is not always free; the shoes cost me money but the service I received was priceless.
 
 
Amazon thrives on generosity, they can supply ebooks cheaper than print. In some case much cheaper. The annoying part comes when they are forced by an author to sell the ebook at a price that does not offer the usual discount. The words 'this price has been set by the author/publisher' invoke an immediate unpleasant feeling in your gut, a dislike and labelling of the publisher as stingy.
 
 
Now you can try plan generosity. You can plan the 'Plus One' in the same way that a hotel will plan to add a chocolate to the pillow of your bed to make you feel welcome. But I am not sure if that is being really generous. Taking generosity and making it to something calculated and clinical removes the real essence of it. I'm pretty sure that when Kathy replied to my email late at night she wasn't thinking 'if I reply to this now he will become a repeat customer and maybe write an article about it'. No, more than likely it just flowed naturally out of her because of her dedication to client service.
 
 
The reason for an act of generosity has to come from a genuine desire to benefit someone else. You can reach a point where it becomes part of your standard routine, the follow up sales phone call for example. But your staff need to know that making that call is because of the greater good of the client and their happiness. Zachians, your mission this week; go ahead and do something generous for a client. Something you have not done before at your business. Something that gives. Let me know how it goes.

 

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