Barefoot / Minimal Shoes

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The best barefoot / minimal shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 3, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Barefoot / Minimal Shoe Reviews

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

Definitely a scam...just normal uncomfortable socks. Definitely a scam. Bought them on supersockcompany.com They are not Swiss, but Chinese. Supersock has terrible customer care. Don't buy because that have "satisfaction guaranteed". They won't answer and won't give money back. They are not durable or tough...just normal uncomfortable socks. Don't trust supersockcompany. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated

They extend cold weather running. Added protection for the feet. And extremely lightweight and flexible. This is my third winter with my Insulated Trek Ascents. They definitely lengthen my minimalist running season (my first preference is barefoot) into the winter month. I bought a size up as suggested by the website. They fit good barefoot or with an extremely lightweight sock, but the next pair I order will be a size larger than that. Just so it’s clear, my regular Vibram FiveFingers are a size… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Vibram Men's FiveFingers Trek Ascent

Incredible grip. Very lightweight. My choice of footwear is typically none—I prefer barefooting for my warm weather adventures. When a shoe is required (over stimulated feet, the terrain gets too rocky) one of my go-to shoes is the Trek Ascent. They simply protect my feet and allow me to carry on. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Skinners Sock Shoes

Is it a sock? is it a shoe? Yes! Skinners sock shoes might be a new category in outdoor footwear. I recently acquired some Skinners Sock Shoes. What? They are basically a sock covered on the sole with a protective rubber polymer. I believe that this might be new category of outdoor footwear. I'd say they offer more protection that a sock and perhaps less protection than a minimalist shoe. I suppose the closest comparable footwear might be minimalist footwear like FiveFingers Shoes, Merrell Trail… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit

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

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

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

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

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

rated 2 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

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

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

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

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: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated
$73 - $130
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
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Hagio
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Smartwool
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
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: 4 of 5 (1)
Skinners Sock Shoes Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Sock
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
$100 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (9)
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Running
$80 MSRP

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