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BAREFOOT & MINIMALIST SHOE GUIDE

Although there are more barefoot shoe options on the market then there were a few years ago, most styles are typically running shoes, tend to have less options for women and many don’t seem to take latest footwear trends into account.

This barefoot shoe guide is an attempt to provide a list of both self-proclaimed barefoot brands that offer stylish lifestyle options, as well as other (non-barefoot) brands that still offer minimalist shoe styles.

Note that some of these brands, especially those that aren’t ‘officially’ barefoot, will almost certainly have shoes that do not fit the barefoot profile. Where possible, I have called out particular styles that are minimalist but just be wary when looking at other designs of theirs.

ANI (AS NATURE INTENDED)

Hooray to ANI’s mission, “to provide stylish, vegan, eco-friendly, barefoot shoes to the world”. Current styles are all casual wear (although not performance) but I like casual wear and ...

CHALA SANDALS

Chala Sandals are made by the folks behind barefoot shoe store Voycontigo and started when they realised they couldn’t find a huarache supplier in the country to stock in their store. All ...

HIGH FEELS

Boldly claiming that they’re the first to successfully make a sexy pair of barefoot shoes, it’s difficult to deny it when you see their High Feels sandals. And with a new adjustable, unisex style ...

HÖSS

If you’re a fan of the chukka boot then you should definitely go check out Höss’ shoes. All are made to order and created by hand in the US. The design provides a pair of very lightweight and ...

JOE NIMBLE

Joe Nimble’s barefoot beginnings goes back more than 30 years and very much focuses on freedom for the toes. If you’re a fan of wide toe boxes and a zero drop this brand is definitely worth a ...

LEMS

All of Lems shoes are designed to mirror the natural shape of the foot (for maximum toe wiggle room), and all with a zero-drop platform. They’re able to make some big claims about their shoes, ...

LUNA SANDALS

If you’ve read Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run then Barefoot Ted needs no introduction. If not, I’d recommend the book, and in short the brand came about after founder, ...

MINNETONKA MOCCASIN

Around since 1946, Minnetonka Mocasin is a quintessential American brand. Although not self-proclaimed as barefoot, their soft-soled shoes – including the Classic Fringe Boot and Thunderbird – ...

NEW BALANCE

The Minimus range is the brand’s latest barefoot offering that, although performance focused, does include styles that could work for everyday wear. Despite not being as good looking as their ...

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