Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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Brands

Vibram
Merrell
Topo Athletic
ZEM
Inov-8
Kigo
New Balance
Swiss Barefoot Company
Altra
Montrail

User

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

Price

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

Recent Barefoot / Minimal Shoe Reviews

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 5 of 5 stars Outdoors socks made in Dyneema, which according to wiki is 8-15 times stronger than steel. Protects the feet from stings and cuts, while at the same time keeping them warm. I love running and doing outdoors stuff in these. They are very light (perhaps 50 grams each?) and versatile. I use them for running and forest walking, climbing etc now, but can see many other uses for them. For example next time I go sea kayaking I will bring them instead of ordinary shoes or sandals, as they dry quickly… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 3 of 5 stars Dyneema material rubberised socks that allow you to really feel the terrain under your feet. Minimises risk of cuts when wanting to go barefoot. The FYF (Free Your Feet) is a great pair of socks for those into water sports or those that want to go barefoot. Made out of Dyneema fibre that has tensile strength 15 times greater than steel it protects your feet from any type of cut (e.g. selfish, glass), friction injury (blisters from rough terrain) or scratches (from twigs and stones). However, it… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Vivo Barefoot Women's Trail Freak

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic barefoot shoes with surprising longevity and versatility. I've used one pair for regular trail running and gyming and they've lasted much longer than I expected. I've taken these canyoning in the Blue Mountains because I'd misplaced my Volleys and they even worked for that! Barefoot shoes aren't for everyone, but if they're your thing, these are brilliant. Very light (you barely notice them), and very breathable. Full review

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

Top-Rated Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
$45
 
Topo Athletic RT Training Shoe
$50
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$53
Topo Athletic RX Training Shoe
$55
ZEM 360
$60 MSRP
Vibram V-On
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$110 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza Breathe
$61
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
$64
Inov-8 Evoskin
$65 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc
$66 - $95
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$70
Kigo Curv
$70 MSRP
Kigo Edge
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$70 - $84
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$70 - $89
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$71
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic
$75 - $79
Merrell Pace Glove 3
$77 - $87
Vibram FiveFingers Vi-S
$80
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B Shoe
$80 - $84
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$80
New Balance 007 Shoe
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Running Sock
$80 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$85
Vibram Bikila EVO WP
$89
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
$90
Altra Adam
$90 MSRP
Altra Eve
$90 MSRP
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$92
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR
$96
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Run Trail Glove 2
$100 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite
$104 - $114
Vibram FiveFingers Performa
$110 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers Moc
$110 MSRP
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$110 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot True Glove
$110 MSRP
 
Merrell Barefoot Power Glove
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Merrell Barefoot Contour Glove
$110 MSRP
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$115
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
$115 - $120
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
$120
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$120
 
Merrell Mighty Glove
$120 MSRP
 
Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$120 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
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