Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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Brand

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

User

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

Price

less than $100
$100 and above

Recent Barefoot / Minimal Shoe Reviews

Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It's a kit. You make it and then you have the skinniest sandals you can get. Simple really... Basically you get a thin sole unit 4mm in this case and a 6mm if you want the heavier version.  You also get a set of cords and a hole punch. That's the kit. Following the instructions online or in the kit you measure your foot. Punch holes for the laces and assemble your own sandals, cutting off any excess sole rubber (they come in size bands and you cut to your specific fit). They are surprisingly good… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Don’t believe in advertising. I feel painful when I wear sock on the road that full of rock. Terrible product. Terrible. I feel I‘ve been ripped off. Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Felt cheated, I must say. This is not a material as advertised. It did not take maybe 10-15 km of pure walking and both socks were damaged in the totally same spot actually hurting my feet as I did not expect them to go off that quickly so I did not notice that I actually walk barefoot. Do save your money. Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 2 of 5 stars Over-rated, over-sold, and bad customer service. These socks were a present and the gifter is extremely disappointed by the result. The toes sleeves are the exact same length which means none of the toes fit properly. The big toe sleeve is very narrow so it barely fits on the actual toe. The material is much weaker than advertised and visible damage ocurred after a single trail run. The grip dots fell off from just walking in a living room with floorboards. The company is trying to ride the minimal… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars These were absolutely awful. These shoes are advertised to withstand rock climbing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. They did not hold up long at all and I only had them for a month before they started getting holes. They advertise it like you can wear these anytime and anywhere, but you can’t and I would not recommend it. Complete garbage! The product is complete trash! Full review

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

Top-Rated Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
$70
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO
$100
Vibram Bikila EVO WP
$125
Vibram FiveFingers Komodo EVO
$160
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run
$115 - $130
Vibram FiveFingers Vi-S
$85
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B Shoe
$85
Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO
$90 - $94
Inov-8 F-Lite 235
$91
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
$80
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
$71 - $120
Vibram FiveFingers EL-X
$85 - $90
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit Sport Sandal / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$110 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Legacy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes Invisible Shoes 6mm Contact Sport Sandal / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Hagio
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Smartwool
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Speed XC
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Flow Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Minimus Trail Trail Running Shoe / Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$100 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (8)
Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Running Sock
$80 MSRP
Merrell Pace Glove 3
 
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
 
Brooks PureFlow Shoe
Inov-8 Bare-X 180
Merrell Radius Glove
Inov-8 Bare-XF 177
Merrell Barefoot Run Trail Glove 2
$100 MSRP
Inov-8 Evoskin
$65 MSRP
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