Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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Brand

Swiss Barefoot Company
Xero Shoes
Vibram
Merrell
Adidas
New Balance
Inov-8
The North Face
Saucony
Vivo Barefoot

User

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

Price

less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$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: 2.5 of 5 (4)
Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) reviewed Aug 15, 2017
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit reviewed May 16, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek reviewed Aug 21, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$110 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$66 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic reviewed May 15, 2014
$75 - $79
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Smartwool reviewed May 13, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$85
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Adizero Hagio reviewed Jul 29, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes Invisible Shoes 6mm Contact reviewed Jun 8, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Speed XC reviewed May 28, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master reviewed May 28, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail reviewed Apr 24, 2013
$77
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra reviewed Feb 7, 2013
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek reviewed Jul 27, 2012
$125 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila reviewed Jun 27, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove reviewed Jun 27, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS reviewed Sep 21, 2017
$80
Merrell Pace Glove 3
$55 - $109
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$120
Inov-8 Bare-XF 210
$130
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$90 - $95
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
$50 - $130
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B Shoe
$40 - $79
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
$85
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$57 - $94
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$40 - $89
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$95 - $99
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$104
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$92
Saucony PowerGrid Cortana 3
$82
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
$77 - $120
New Balance 007 Shoe
$60 - $69
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
$63
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint reviewed Jul 10, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak reviewed Sep 15, 2016
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Legacy reviewed May 18, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110 reviewed Jan 20, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove reviewed Sep 30, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail reviewed May 2, 2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Flow reviewed Feb 23, 2011
 
Merrell Mighty Glove
$120 MSRP
Inov-8 Bare-X Lite 150
Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138
 
Vibram CVT LS
ZEM Original
Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
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