REAL Barefoot Minimalist Shoes for Men, Women & Kids

Everything you need to know about Barefoot Shoes

Everything you need to know about Barefoot Shoes
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Whether it's Hiking, Running, Walking, or Casual footwear. Let your feet be a kid again.

Whether it's Hiking, Running, Walking, or Casual footwear. Let your feet be a kid again.

Remember when you were a kid, and you didn't have a care in the world? Most kids prefer to run around barefoot, and why not? It's the way nature intended. Most of us cannot wait to get home and take our shoes off after a long day, but why? If shoes are built for comfort, then why can we not wait to remove them? The answer is easy; big shoe companies have sacrificed natural movement and weakened our overall foot health for their healthy bottom line. Thankfully, the natural footwear movement is becoming more popular over the past decade. More companies are focusing on what is best for our overall health leading to more natural shoes. This leads to what is natural footwear is it simply a minimalist? Or is it actual barefoot shoes? 

What are barefoot shoes?

What are barefoot shoes?

Of course, no shoe is true "barefoot", but thanks to the recent progress, shoes are becoming as close to barefoot as possible. In order to achieve a close to barefoot feel you need to find footwear with a “zero-drop.” A zero-drop shoe should mimic the natural state and motion of your foot when walking around barefoot. This means there should be NO angle to the shoe's support from the heel to the toe.

Standard shoes are not natural, and a perfect example of how unnatural shoes have become is evident when watching a child learn to walk. At first, a child starts to walk barefoot, but then as we put typical shoes on the poor child, they have to relearn how to walk all over again. Why is that? Because your feet have thousands of nerve endings and are meant to help guide you around the world. We at the Barefoot Alliance want everyone to get back to barefoot living or as close as possible. That’s why we are pushing brands of barefoot shoes to help you and your feet.

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Everything you need to know about Minimalist Shoes

Everything you need to know about Minimalist Shoes
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What is a minimalist shoe?

What is a minimalist shoe?

Of course, no shoe is true "barefoot", but thanks to the recent progress, shoes are becoming as close to barefoot as possible. In order to achieve a close to barefoot feel you need to find footwear with a “zero-drop.” A zero-drop shoe should mimic the natural state and motion of your foot when walking around barefoot. This means there should be NO angle to the shoe's support from the heel to the toe.

Standard shoes are not natural, and a perfect example of how unnatural shoes have become is evident when watching a child learn to walk. At first, a child starts to walk barefoot, but then as we put typical shoes on the poor child, they have to relearn how to walk all over again. Why is that? Because your feet have thousands of nerve endings and are meant to help guide you around the world. We at the Barefoot Alliance want everyone to get back to barefoot living or as close as possible. That’s why we are pushing brands of barefoot shoes to help you and your feet.

How to choose the right shoe?

How to choose the right shoe?

Sometimes a minimalist shoe can be worse than traditional shoes. We recommend barefoot over minimalist, and the only company that we recommend is Xero Shoes. The price point and quality of their shoes are unmatched. Along with actually following a true minimalist/barefoot backed by a 5,000-mile sole warranty. Check out Xero's line of sandals, shoes, and boots today. They have something for everyone in the family. You won't be disappointed!

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Looking for a wide variaty of Barefoot or Minimalist Shoes?

Looking for a wide variaty of Barefoot or Minimalist Shoes?
  • Natural Flexibility -
    • It’s no accident that the bottom of your feet has more nerve endings than your fingertips, and with over 25% of the joints and bones of your body in your feet, it’s only natural you’d allow the flexibility for your feet to do what they do naturally. So why not start with our footwear? Make sure you are providing your feet the most flexibility possible at all times to promote better overall health and posture.
  • Natural Fit -
    • Do your current shoes provide a "natural fit"? Naturally, you will want your shoes to offer a wide toe box so that your feet can do what they're naturally supposed to do. Further, you need to make sure your shoes are not "elevated" with unnecessary cushions. Your shoes should have a non-elevated "zero-drop" to encourage proper posture and prevent further health issues in the long run. '
  • Natural Feel - 
    • Not only should your footwear have natural flexibility, but it should feel natural. Your feet should be helping you explore the world. But in today's modern world, you can't go barefoot in the board meeting. That's why companies like Xero's Alston Dress Shoe provide you the best of both worlds. Just because you grew up doesn't mean your feet have to.

Brands That Make “Barefoot” Shoes:

  • Xero Shoes
  • Merrell
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Cheeks
  • Adidas
  • inov8
  • Vibram Five Finger
  • New Balance
  • Jambu
  • Reebok
  • Body Glove
  • Barefoot Ted
  • Saucony
  • Sanuk
  • Puma
  • Fila

Buying barefoot shoes has become easier than ever. Not only can you find them online, but now more and more brick and mortar stores are carrying these types of shoes. 

One of our favorite companies, Xero Shoes, has stores worldwide and adds more at a rapid rate. So if you want to go into a store and check out Xero you can look here XeroShoes.com/stores for one closest to you. 

For many, it started with a book called Born to Run by Chris McDougall. The book's basic premise is how an Indian tribe was able to run long distances while avoiding many injuries that commonly occur among active runners. The answer is simple, getting back to the natural movement and the best way to do that is barefoot or as close to barefoot as possible. 

Most people were sold a lie that all the cushioning and different types of support from big shoe companies were necessary to avoid injury or further injury. The evidence of that lie is becoming more and more apparent as the major brands shift towards a more “minimalist” shoe. Xero Shoes wrote a number of articles hitting on some of the most common injuries and how true barefoot or minimalist shoes actually help avoid such injuries as: