Barefoot/Minimal Shoes

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Brands

Vibram
Merrell
Montrail
New Balance
Topo Athletic
Inov-8
Terra Plana
ZEM
Kigo
Brooks

Genders

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

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Barefoot/Minimal Shoe Reviews

Belleville Mini-Mil TR102

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This "military" boot is a minimal boot designed to give the user enhanced ground feel and flexibility, while providing enough protection to keep the foot injury free in harsh environments and/or rough terrain. Its durable leather upper combined with a custom Vibram sole makes it an exceptional boot, perhaps the first of its kind to achieve such high performance. Minimal Boots and the Belleville Mini-Mil TR102: The Ultimate Review (The original review can be found on my blog: chasingyourmind.blogspot.com)… 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

Vibram Women's FiveFingers Classic Smartwool

rated 4 of 5 stars Vibram's Classic Smartwool is comfortable for cooler weather with the same function as the standard Classic. I miss the Classic versions since Vibrams has stopped making it. The colors for the Smartwool version went with most of my work clothes and day-to-day activities. The regular Classic version was good for weekend trips as well.  Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4 of 5 stars If you haven't tried Vibram's FiveFinger TrekSport barefoot/minimal shoe for trekking you may be quite surprised how well the shoe functions. I've worn Vibram FiveFingers (VFF) exclusively since May 2013 for everyday footwear, hiking, traveling, etc. The VFF TrekSport model has been my go-to shoe for hiking and backpacking during the same time period. In all honesty, getting them on is not as easy as your everyday shoe. I've been trying these shoes on for years with some frustration always turning… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO

rated 5 of 5 stars From an oldish dude with two scoped knees...two thumbs up! I'm 65, had both my knees scoped in the '80s...I can tell you something about knee pain believe me. I've been wearing 5 Fingers for years...must have 7 or 8 pairs around, Classics, KSOs and Treks. I've worn them to concerts, backpacked in them miles and miles (40 lb pack)...they are my footwear of choice. They were originally designed as deck shoes btw...explaining the razor cut soles...and yes they're great for that as well. After reading… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I really like these minimalist shoes for trail running, paddling, and casual wear. They take time to get used to, but once I embraced the minimalist mindset in footwear, they have become a regular part of my outdoor gear. I purchased these shoes when I took up trail running. I had previously purchased and worn minimalist shoes for road races and half marathons and liked how they felt and functioned. I decided to take them on a river canoeing trip last spring and wore them all day, everyday. In my… 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
$15 - $62
Vibram FiveFingers Speed
$16 - $73
Merrell Mix Master Jam
$17 - $34
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$25 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $51
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza
$33 - $85
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X LS
$36 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110
$45 - $52
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$49 - $80
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$49
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
$49 - $89
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$49 - $90
 
Topo Athletic RT Training Shoe
$50
Inov-8 Bare-X Lite 150
$53
New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez
$54 - $59
Vibram FiveFingers SeeYa
$54 - $69
Topo Athletic RX Training Shoe
$55 - $71
Vibram SeeYa LS
$55 - $80
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $99
Terra Plana Neo
$59
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$59 - $74
ZEM 360
$60 MSRP
Vibram V-On
$60
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
$60 - $90
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 2
$60 - $62
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$62
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $70
Vibram Speed XC Lite
$60 - $71
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$60 - $109
Merrell Barefoot Train Crush Glove
$61
Terra Plana Evo
$64 - $78
Inov-8 Evoskin
$65 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$66 - $120
Kigo Curv
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail
$70 - $99
 
Brooks PureFlow 2
$70
Kigo Edge
$70 MSRP
Inov-8 Bare-XF 177
$71
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$72 - $120
Merrell Barefoot Run Trail Glove 2
$74 - $99
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon
$75
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$75 - $88
Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
$75 - $79
Merrell Barefoot True Glove
$77
Terra Plana Evo II
$79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove
$80
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$80 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Speed XC
$84
Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport LS
$88 - $110
Altra Adam
$90 MSRP
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