Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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Brand

Adidas
Ahnu
Altra
Brooks
Columbia
Inov-8
Kigo
Merrell
Montrail
New Balance

User

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

Price

less than $100
$100 and above

Recent Barefoot / Minimal Shoe Reviews

Vibram Men's FiveFingers Spyridon LS

rated 4 of 5 stars Vibram’s Spyridon LS is a FiveFingers shoe intended for trail running. Design features that make these better for trails are a collar that helps keep stones out, a quick pull lacing system, a leather piece across the top that provides some lateral stability, and mesh built into the sole to blunt the impact of rocks underfoot. (note - the Spyridon MR effectively replaced these a few years ago - similar design, probably has some changes/upgrades). I view these as a day hiker best suited for less… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 1 of 5 stars Poorly made. Not as advertised. Pure garbage. Wore them for two bouldering sessions. The rubber nibs wore off quickly and I wore a hole in the fabric. So much for being durable and made of the strongest fiber. The company said they would be happy to exchange them, but first asked me to check the fit. What's the point if it already has a hole worn into it? Interesting idea but poorly executed. SAVE YOUR MONEY. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.  Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The company sent me the wrong size. I needed a size medium and they sent me a size large. I tried to work with the size but I'm pretty sure that it is not supposed to hurt my feet to wear these. I had to push so much fabric down in between my toes to get them to fit properly that it actually hurt my feet to wear these. They did not work right for rock climbing and they did not work well for jogging on the concrete when I encountered a very small patch of pebbles. It felt just like I had no protection… Full review

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

Top-Rated Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Adizero Hagio
Ahnu Hayward
discontinued
Altra Adam
$90 MSRP
Altra Eve
$90 MSRP
 
Brooks PureFlow 2
 
Brooks PureFlow Shoe
Columbia Masterfly OutDry
Inov-8 Bare-X 180
Inov-8 Bare-X Lite 135
Inov-8 Bare-X Lite 150
Inov-8 Bare-XF 177
Inov-8 Bare-XF 260
Inov-8 Evoskin
$65 MSRP
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$104
Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138
Kigo Curv
$70 MSRP
Kigo Edge
$70 MSRP
 
Merrell Barefoot Contour Glove
$110 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Crush Glove
Merrell Barefoot Flux Glove
 
Merrell Barefoot Life Edge Glove
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100 MSRP
 
Merrell Barefoot Power Glove
discontinued
Merrell Barefoot Power Play Glove
$130 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Pure Glove
$90 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 2
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$70
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 2
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove
Merrell Barefoot Run Pace Glove 2
Merrell Barefoot Run Tempo Glove
Merrell Barefoot Run Trail Glove 2
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove
Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove
$125 MSRP
 
Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$110 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Train Crush Glove
Merrell Barefoot Train Flux Glove
Merrell Barefoot Train Flux Glove Sport
 
Merrell Barefoot Train Hammer Glove
Merrell Barefoot True Glove
$110 MSRP
Merrell Barefoot Water River Glove
Merrell Barefoot Water Torrent Glove
Merrell Lithe Glove
$125 MSRP
Merrell Lithe MJ Glove
 
Merrell Mighty Glove
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master
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