Wondering what barefoot shoes are?

Well, this are not some super weird shoes 🙂 They usually look quite normal, with only one difference. They allow your foot to move in the same way as you would if you were walking barefoot. Still, they provide you protection againts cold and ground when needed.

They usually look wider on your feet than what your eyes are used to see. And this is how they should look as this is your natural shape of the foot.

So what’s their secret?

To optimize how barefoot shoe mimics the natural movement of the foot and the body and to be even categorized as a barefoot shoe, the barefoot shoes must have five basic characteristics:

  • Asymmetrical, foot-shaped toebox
    Only then our toes will have enough space while walking and be able to fully spread and perform their natural function. While wearing wrong shoes our foot is eventually shaped according to the shape of the shoe (the shoe acts on the foot similarly as a dental brace on the teeth) and we don’t want this, as this can cause many problems (hallux valgus is just one of them)
  • Flat sole without any heel rise (zero drop)
    The shoe should not have any elevation in the heel part. Only the slightest difference in height (even if it is only 5 mm) force our body to look for a new neural position to keep the body in an upright position. The overall posture and center of gravity is changed, which has a very bad effect on the function of the whole body in the long term (here I recommend reading the book Whole Body Barefoot)
  • Thin and flexible sole that can be rolled up in any direction
    To stay connected with the ground, to feel where we walk and let our muscles work and keep them strong
  • Secure on your feet
    Your foot should not slip out of the shoe, nor slip forward while walking. You shouldn’t grip your toes to keep the shoe on while walking, so you need to ensure that the shoe is well attached to the foot. All slippers, flip flops and poorly fixed ballet flats fare no good for you.
  • No toe spring
    Your toes should lay flat on the floor to prevent injury and ensure balance and stability of your body.

And how thick the sole should be?

The usual sole thickness of barefoot shoes is 2 to 6 mm. Winter models and some sandals usually have thicker soles, spring and summer models thinner.

The thickness of the sole should be adjusted to the activity, the terrain we walk on and the age of the person.

It is also important in what condition our body is (spine, hips, etc.). The transition to barefoot footwear should always be gradual and the thickness of the sole should be adjusted to the condition of the body and feet.

The thickness of the sole is therefore the thing that we choose depending on the situation, while we must not make any compromises with the space at for our toes and flat soles.

Who can wear them?

They are available for all, kids and adults. The choice is growing and today you can find them for all occasions and activities (sporty and elegant look, sandals, winter boots, for hiking, etc.).

Where do I start?

Now you know how a barefoot shoe looks like. So you just need to find the right one for you.

I have prepared all the information for you on my blog to make it easier to get started. Let’s go nicely in order.

1. Get to know your feet

First, you need to know your foot well. Not every barefoot shoe fits every foot and with too narrow and too short barefoot shoe you won’t do anything good for yourself.

What is my foot type?

2. Find a shoe style that suits you

In the shoe lists I have prepared for you, look for the ones that are visually attractive to you.

Shoe lists

3. Check what size you need

Check what size you need and if the shoe even fit your foot. The ones that you like best won’t necessarily suit you well.

A guide for measuring feet and barefoot shoes
How much space do we need in shoes?
How to choose the right shoe size?
Tips for buying barefoot shoes for kids and adults

The shoe will fit you well if:

4. Read my detailed shoe reviews for an easier choice

All my reviews you can find here.

I’m slowly adding new reviews for you, so stay tuned for my new blog and Instagram posts.

5. Want more?

You can also find on my blog:

  • useful resources to other websites, Facebook groups, other bloggers on the subject of barefoot shoes and shops selling barefoot footwear
  • I also have discount codes available for some brands and I am affiliated with some of them. All information about this topic can be found here.
  • full list of barefoot shoe brands you can find here

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