Comment from: Steven McG [Visitor]
Steven McG

I actually bought some Terra Plana Trip Clips a while back and really wasn't impressed. They don't offer any adjustment for length and my trousers still ended up dragging on the ground. Also the wire dug into the front of my ankle in a rather uncomfortable way. I ended up returning them.

Your solution seems much more flexible, less intrusive and cheaper.

After 2 years all of my trousers are the right length for minimalist shoes (either through wear or alteration), but i will keep s-biners in mind incase i get any longer ones.

04/01/10 @ 15:03
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04/01/10 @ 15:13
Comment from: David Pollitt [Visitor]
David Pollitt

Awesome tip! I've been dragging along my nice jeans, or resorting to using jeans that I previously put aside since they did not fit! I'm going to try and find some of these locally since shipping online kind of makes them expensive. I did find a version of the #2 that amazon does sell directly -
Good if you have amazon prime(free shipping).

04/01/10 @ 15:28
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks David -- I had actually found that one, too, but it's selling for 2x the price it should sell for (It's priced close to $4 when it should be $2!).

04/01/10 @ 15:30
Comment from: Eli [Visitor]

A couple thoughts for more elegant solutions.. since I can see an S-biner being uncomfortable and falling off or looking a bit wrinkled/bulky at the back. I haven't tried it yet (so maybe I shouldn't say anything)

-Sew velcro inside the pants, a strip up the back of the soft side of velcro (or several strips all around and a tab of the 'sticky' side at the bottom and you may be able to fold them up inside...
- Alternately that could be done with a snap or strap and button.

04/01/10 @ 16:05
Comment from: [Member]

The S-Biner is pretty tiny and non-obtrusive. I don't think it would fall off (slight chance the hem slides out of the hinge, but that's not a major problem).

Velcro or buttons are both solid ideas, both of which I like it except for the fact that they require modding the shoes or VFFs permanently.

04/01/10 @ 16:14
Comment from: Phil [Visitor]

"...But at $15 plus shipping, the Trip Clip is a bit out of reach for most of us — simply not worth the bother."

As are nearly every pair of their shoes. The minimalist shoe movement has really grown thanks to the exposure from VFF's, but it's never going to get anywhere if "barefoot" shoe options cost $150+.

04/01/10 @ 18:34
Comment from: Jennifer [Visitor]

Justin, the Trip clips are $15 each ($30 a pair) plus shipping on the Terra Plana site.

Talk about mark-up!

Good idea with the s clips. But we've just been buying shorter pants.

04/01/10 @ 21:18
Comment from: Josue [Visitor]  

You lost me after "Pants on the Ground"....Larry Platt is a modern day Midas! :)

Excellent idea w/the S-Biner. Another throwback (to the 90's at least) solution that will guarantee plenty of laughs would be to "peg" your jeans. LOL! If you bust out a pic w/the pegged jeans and a Members Only jacket, I'm posterizing it.

04/01/10 @ 23:44
Comment from: Williams [Visitor]  

Small binder clips work pretty good for me. I just squeeze together the Vibram's pull on loop and the bottom of my jeans and clip one on. Once on i just pop off the metal tabs and you can't even tell they are there.

04/02/10 @ 10:02
Comment from: James [Visitor]

You know what works?

Folding the hem up.

If you're sufficiently 'retro' you could even do the 'tight roll'.

04/02/10 @ 10:18
Comment from: Rana [Visitor]  

One could also use a large safety pin or two; accordian-fold the pants in the back, then use the pin to hold the inside fold together (so the pin doesn't show).

Like this:

Fold up a flap in the back that's about two or three inches long. Use the safety pin to attach it to the rest of the pant leg, a bit under half-way up the flap from the fold. Let the flap fall back down, so the wrong side (seam side) is no longer showing and the safety pin is hidden.

04/03/10 @ 15:23
Comment from: jason [Visitor]

Saw this and decided to try another option: medium sized paper clip. They're cheap and if you lose one, no biggie. Works ok. Just unfold the clip into and S shape, loop the larger end through the loop on the back and squeeze closed, the stick the hem of pant into the other end of the clip and give it a squeeze. Not too secure but does work ok.

04/03/10 @ 23:48
Comment from: Mike D [Visitor]  
Mike D

I wear my KSO's all the time including to work where I am a front of house manager for an Italian Bistro. I have used staples to raise my hem on my dress pants! Simple non-obtrusive and very cost effective.

04/04/10 @ 11:08
Comment from: Josh P [Visitor]
Josh P

Wow that is awesome, I just went down to REI and bought a few #2 S-Biners, I'm so glad this was posted!!! This was the only issue keeping me from wearing my VFFs all the time! Now I'm all squared away, Thanks!

04/05/10 @ 18:15
Comment from: Piotr [Visitor]

@Justin : Awesome idea !
I'm going to buy a pair of S-biner but have you ever try the #0 or #1 size ? or the plastic model instead of the stainless steel one ?
Thanks for your reply and your comment.

04/09/10 @ 04:20
Comment from: Tom [Visitor]

Just a note, you don't need an "S" biner for this to work. Any of the small keychain biners will work. Just clip them to the pull tab, then flip them so the opening gate is down. Clip your pants the same way and go. You can find those a bit easier than the s-biners

04/11/10 @ 13:45
Comment from: Jerry [Visitor]

I am trying this for the first time today and so far, it is a great idea!! I have been having to roll a few pairs of pants with my V5Fs, but for one or two of them, I think this looks much better. I do not even realize that the s-biners are there.

04/19/10 @ 11:18
Comment from: Corbin [Visitor]

Bought the #1 S-biner and it worked great for keeping my pants off the ground. Don't have size #2 to compare so I don't know which size is optimal.

04/21/10 @ 19:00
Comment from: Christopher Snyder [Visitor]
Christopher Snyder

Very inventive solution! I haven't bought my vffs yet. But why not just roll your pants up? That's what I do when I wear my sandals.

05/24/10 @ 00:08
Comment from: Jonas S [Visitor]
Jonas S

Love the idea, but where do you get these s biners? No luck at walmart, dick's, or lowe's... I'd rather not order online.

06/23/10 @ 12:34
Comment from: JUPITER [Visitor]

All i wear anymore is Vff's, so i just hem my pants now, that way i don't have to worry about clipping anything to anything.

07/07/10 @ 17:38
Comment from: Matthew [Visitor]  

I tried the s-biner mod for a while, and while it worked well to keep the pants from dragging on the ground, it had the opposite effect whenever I sat down in that the pants then pulled UP on the tab. Not wanting to spend the $$ on the Trip Clip, I decided to make my own version. A quick visit to Walmart scored me a pack of 12 badge clips and a 14 count XL hair elastics. Combine the two together, and viola! Trip Clip-esque pants holding, at a cost of under $7 for a DOZEN! Check out my blog site for pictures and give it a shot. :)

07/16/10 @ 04:37
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07/20/10 @ 20:15
Comment from: Breeegz [Visitor]

For my KSO's, I've been using the vamp-strap to on the front of my pants hem.. I pull it tight on my heel, so no more heel dragging.

I'll try some of these ideas to see if I like it better, but it's hard to beat free..

07/31/10 @ 23:04
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]

Home Depot has s-biners for $1.28 apiece. They are in a plastic bin next to the keys.

12/05/10 @ 14:24
Comment from: Willard [Visitor]  

Excellent post! I detest jeans that are tattered, especialy since my jean generally cost $50-$60. My local mountaineering store carries the Nite Ize S-biner brand so I can't wait to try these out.

01/07/11 @ 16:15
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]

This is friggin brilliant. Got mine yesterday pants off the floor and no cuffing today. Nicely done!

02/06/11 @ 11:28
Comment from: Peter Fox [Visitor]
Peter Fox

You all need SkillClipz.

That is the real shit! Forget about everything else!!


02/16/11 @ 13:36
Comment from: paul Nasland [Visitor]
paul Nasland

I know it's $10 bucks, but I bought a while back a set of those add a button for you jeans if you've gotten bigger, or smaller, that I use for a lot of different projects. They are removable and reusable and they look like a jean button. I just fold my pants under and put it on. You could use more than one if you want, but one works fine for me. They work like large pierced earings. Find them at WalMart, Rite Aid, CVS, Kmart...

03/09/11 @ 15:50
Comment from: brian [Visitor]

how about using a nice cheap safety pin and just pin your jeans up?

03/09/11 @ 20:25
Comment from: Javi [Visitor]

Showing my age here but couldn't you just "peg" your jeans a al late 1980s?

04/08/11 @ 11:50
Comment from: Justin B [Visitor]
Justin B

So I found a couple of ideas. I went to Walmart and bought a couple of 1/8" quick links, threaded it through the pull loop and put a paper binder clip (size mini) to it which held the pants up nicely. I also went one size larger with the binder clip (size small), removed the silver arm so I could wrap it around the loop and then re-attached. Both work great.

The first method gave a little more room for movement for the jeans. the second held them real nice and tight. to your ankle

08/20/11 @ 17:08
Comment from: Dave T. [Visitor]
Dave T.

What would be a good solution to keeping my pants off the ground with a pair of VFF Speeds. Unfortunately the Speeds don't have that nifty loop for an S-Biner

09/25/11 @ 18:02
Comment from: Kelvin [Visitor]

very clever guide...will need to find some!

11/20/11 @ 21:48
Comment from: Shawn Bibs [Visitor]  
Shawn Bibs

So i just unfortuanitly realized this does not work with the clissics....

12/04/11 @ 00:46
Comment from: Caspid [Visitor]  

Rubber band + binder clip works. Clip a small fold on the inside of your jeans, so it won't show from the outside.

If your shoes don't have a loop, then you can just put the rubber band on your ankle.

12/06/11 @ 23:41
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

What do you do for El-X's?

01/17/13 @ 20:57
Comment from: Emma [Visitor]

You could also just hem your pants. Then you can just put on your shoes and go, no need to spend more time hassling with a clip.

01/30/13 @ 20:37
Comment from: Joshua O'Sullivan [Visitor]
Joshua O'Sullivan

Just got the new KSO and they do not have a attachment point at the heel. Any suggestions on being able to wear pants with them. Thanks

04/10/14 @ 21:29
Comment from: Jesus Christ [Visitor]
Jesus Christ

Great life hack, but have you heard of a tailor? A tailor is a person who specialises in making alterations to clothing so that they fit you better and last longer. Pretty amazing right?

10/18/14 @ 21:20

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