Barefoot/Minimal Shoes

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Brands

Vibram
New Balance
Merrell
Under Armour
Inov-8
The North Face
Topo Athletic
Vivo Barefoot
Xero Shoes
Adidas

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Barefoot/Minimal Shoe Reviews

Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars The closest thing you can get to nothing, without actually having nothing. A perfect shoe for marathons, ultra marathons, camp sandals, beach sandals, lounging, or trail running. The literal "do everything" sandal. Build your own here Note: Although my review is very honest, i am an Affiliate. If these minimal sandals do not work, there are many other styles and shapes for different purposes. All are built upon the same idea of the Huarache, however some are built with thicker souls, bells and whistles… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these as a bit of an impulse. I wanted something to protect my feet at a slippery boat launch, and as I live in a small town these ended up being the only option in the sport-sandal category. I probably wouldn't have considered these otherwise, as I always thought they were a bit of a gimmick. I was wrong.  The first thing about these is they're a bit hard to get on initially. Trying to get each toe to go into the right part of the shoe was trying (nearly impossible for my wife). After… Full review

Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very lightweight camp shoe, with no frills. For several years, I've used a pair of old Teva sandals as camp shoes for backpacking trips. They're relatively comfortable, not too heavy, and seem nearly indestructible. But I am always looking to lighten my pack weight, and these caught my eye. Xero is a newish company specializing in "barefoot" style running sandals. The soles are thin, and designed to feel everything underfoot, while still maintaining some protection against sharp things. The good:… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been wearing these for years. I'm on my sixth pair. The TrekSport is great for hiking. These have been great for my feet. Every other shoe I have owned has been uncomfortable. I have weird feet- shaped strange and super wide. I love these because they fit to the shape of my feet. Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers Spyridon MR

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic shoes. Great for trail runners and for climbers as approach shoes. The Vibrams are awesome. Before them I used to get bad shin splints. Thankfully, due to the barefoot nature of the shoe, the shin splints are now a thing of the past. The tread on the bottom is great for trail running. Good grip with little to no slippage, even on loose pine needless. Just don't wear them on concrete as they will wear down quickly. The shoes need to fit like a glove, and when they do there is no wobble… Full review

Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove

rated 3 of 5 stars A very expensive water shoe that takes a long time to dry. Covers your bare feet enough to protect from the elements. The ankle material/fit allows for a lot of trail debris to get into the shoes. Breathable material on the sides keeps your feet well ventilated. I would recommend this product to those who have seasoned feet, this is truly a minimalist shoe and allows you to do more than you would with a bare foot. But the fit, minimal sole material and support is not for the weak of foot. I would… Full review

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit, does not constrict my foot in any way. Zero drop, pretty good ground feel, also great for slippery surfaces and off road. Due to the material my toes and heel get sweaty in this shoes. Overall a nice running shoe for the months that running sandals are just too cool or when I want more protection for my toes / upper foot. Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit with wide toe box, does not constrict my foot in any way. No break-in… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers Spyridon MR

rated 4 of 5 stars Awesome. It feels like I'm running barefoot. I really enjoy my Vibram FveFingers Spryridon trail runners. They're the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. And they're good for just about anything. The grips on the bottom make it easier to run in muddy wet conditions. I've bouldered in them. I hike in them. I even bike in them. They're really great all around. Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers Classic

rated 5 of 5 stars Hooked from day 1! They reminded me of why I love to run, to feel that childlike excitement was a paradigm shift of what I thought running was. Honestly from the very moment I knew of the Five Fingers existence I immediately acquired a pair and set out for a 16-mile run. Previous to this day I had only ever ran about 3 miles at a time, and quite sporadically at that. Well, that was three years ago and today I'm running 100k and 50 mile trail ultras, and being fairly competitive. I absolutely love… Full review

Top-Rated Barefoot/Minimal Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR
$80 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail
$100
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc
$66 - $94
Merrell Pace Glove 3
$88 - $110
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$89
Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
$80
Inov-8 Bare-XF 210
$130
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$60 - $120
Vibram Bikila EVO WP
$112
Vibram FiveFingers Komodo EVO
$160
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$80
 
Topo Athletic RT Training Shoe
$50
Vibram SeeYa LS
$69
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
$120
 
Vibram FiveFingers Vi-S
$80
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B Shoe
$80
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
$85
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite
$130
Topo Athletic RX Training Shoe
$55
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$95
 
Vibram FiveFingers Vybrid Sneak
$130
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$52 - $89
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$53
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
$45
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$90 - $96
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak
$60
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza
$44
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$82 - $114
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
$120
New Balance 007 Shoe
$80
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
$90
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$80
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza Breathe
$67
Vibram V-On
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit Sport Sandal / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$110 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Legacy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes Invisible Shoes 6mm Contact Sport Sandal / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Smartwool
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Adizero Hagio
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master
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