Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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Brands

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

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 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

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

Top-Rated Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) reviewed Sep 26, 2016
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak reviewed Sep 15, 2016
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
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$80 - $120
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 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Smartwool reviewed May 13, 2014
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Adizero Hagio reviewed Jul 29, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint reviewed Jul 10, 2013
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes Invisible Shoes 6mm Contact reviewed Jun 8, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master reviewed May 28, 2013
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Legacy reviewed May 18, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail reviewed Apr 24, 2013
$100 MSRP
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)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail reviewed May 2, 2012
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Flow reviewed Feb 23, 2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic reviewed May 15, 2014
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$60 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110 reviewed Jan 20, 2013
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra reviewed Feb 7, 2013
$100
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc
$95
Merrell Pace Glove 3
$88 - $110
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$81
Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
$80
Inov-8 Bare-XF 210
$130
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$60 - $89
 
Vibram Bikila EVO WP
$102
Vibram FiveFingers Komodo EVO
$160
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$80
 
Topo Athletic RT Training Shoe
$50
Vibram SeeYa LS
$62
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
$84 - $119
 
Vibram FiveFingers Vi-S
$80
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B Shoe
$80
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
$68 - $85
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$50
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite
$91 - $130
Topo Athletic RX Training Shoe
$55
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$71 - $95
 
Vibram FiveFingers Vybrid Sneak
$130
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$47 - $90
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$53
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
$45
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$82 - $88
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza
$85
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$75 - $109
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