Want to keep your pants from falling on the ground, but don’t want to shell out the $15 for the Trip Clip? A quick visit to my local Wal-Mart scored me a pack of a dozen badge clips (in the office supplies area) for around $3.50, and a pack of 14 XL black elastic hairbands (in the hair accessories aisle) for about $3.50.  Here is one of each

Putting the two of them together is simple: just wrap the strap of the badge clip around the black elastic, and snap.  You want the “clip” to be facing upwards, as this is the part that will be holding the bottom of the pant leg.  Repeat x 12.

I think I have relatively average sized ankles, and while I feel a little pressure from the elastic, it gives quite a bit and is a pretty thick cord, so it is still quite comfortable on my ankle.  Note that this is WAY higher than I actually wear it, I just wanted to show it compared to the black KSO’s.  Once again, when putting these on your ankles, make sure the clip facing up and is on the outside.  The plastic strap of the badge clip will be concealed inside the pants, only the small silver clip will be visible from the outside.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to take a picture of the back of your leg while standing upright??  🙂  Here is the finished result, pant leg clipped at the bottom seam (you can fold under the hem if you want to give it a little thicker material to grip, especially useful in more dress-like pants).  The pants are only allowed to drape down a few inches past your ankles, keeping the back of the pants well up off the floor.

Under $7, less than 5 minutes, and you have 6 PAIRS of clips to wear!  Give one to a friend and spread the word!

Hope this helps all the barefoot/minimalist wearers out there!  Happy barefooting!