Barefoot/Minimal Shoes

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Brands

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

Genders

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

Price

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

Recent Barefoot/Minimal Shoe Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Barefoot/Minimal Shoes

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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
$67 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$60 - $120
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Dec 24, 2013
$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)
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: 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: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila reviewed Jun 27, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic reviewed May 15, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint reviewed Jul 10, 2013
$30
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
$110
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$120
Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
$80
Inov-8 Bare-XF 210
$130
The North Face Ultra Kilowatt
$60 - $114
Vibram Bikila EVO WP
$150
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$80
 
Topo Athletic RT Training Shoe
$50
Vibram SeeYa LS
$69
Vibram VI-B Shoe
$80
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
$85
 
Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport LS
$115
Topo Athletic RX Training Shoe
$55
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 4
$70 - $94
 
Vibram FiveFingers Vybrid Sneak
$130
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$90
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Ultra
$53
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access 3
$45
Vibram Komodo EVO
$160
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$90 - $96
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak
$60
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza
$60
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$82 - $109
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
$120
New Balance 007 Shoe
$80
Vivo Barefoot Breatho
$28
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 3
$45
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$80
Vibram FiveFingers Alitza Breathe
$90
Vibram FiveFingers SeeYa
$70
Vibram V-On
$60
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