The Best Barefoot Shoes &amp Brands For Your Foot Type

26/10/2021 Off By Admin

When you switch to healthy footwear, you’re deciding your feet are important. And that means no longer wearing shoes that don’t fit. But with so many variations in foot shape and size, it can be really hard to find a shoe that actually fits YOUR foot. In this post, we’re talking about how to measure your feet, basic foot types, and barefoot shoes and brands that work well for your foot type.

There are tons of other barefoot shoe brands that fall somewhere in the middle and aren’t listed out here. To find barefoot shoes by category and lots more brands make sure you check out my other barefoot shoe lists. But no matter what type of shoe you are looking for, getting to know your feet first will make shopping that much easier.

Measuring Your Feet.

First things first. Having a handle on your foot measurements is pretty important. Measure feet before every purchase in centimetres to ensure an accurate number. If you plan to wear socks you should have them on when you measure.

There are two main ways to measure: A foot tracing and the wall method. For expensive, risky shoe purchases always measure both ways TWICE at the end of the day (your feet are smaller in the morning). It’s ok if your measurements are slightly different every time, just use the average.




Foot Tracing.

A foot tracing is the most common way to measure. You simply trace an outline of your foot and measure. But it’s important to know that it adds about. 5 cm to your actual foot size. The general recommendation is to wear shoes that are 1 – 1.5 cm longer than your foot. So if you use a foot tracing to figure out what size shoe you need, take your measurement and add only .5 – 1 cm (so the total shoe length you are looking for would then be 1 – 1.5 cm longer than your actual foot size), and find the nearest corresponding size on the size chart.

Some people get confused about their foot width when they use a tracing because they aren’t taking into account the extra mm the tracing added.

Wall Method.

The wall method yields the most accurate length and width of your foot. You measure foot length by placing your heel lightly against the wall (don’t push it in) and putting a heavy book where your longest toe ends. Then mark where the book is and measure that distance. You get your foot width by lining up the outside edge of your foot against the wall and placing the book on the other side. Then mark with a pencil and measure.

Understanding Foot Type

There are a dizzying amount of foot types and most people fall somewhere on a spectrum (a metaphor for life). So let’s illustrate the main ones. Slope feet have a prominent big toe and all toes are shorter than the previous one. Mountain feet have their 2nd toe longest. Plateau feet have the first 3 toes all the same length and then it tapers. And Square feet are straight across. Identifying the shape of your foot can make it a lot easier to select a shoe.

You can see that barefoot shoe brands all have a different shape to them, so let’s discuss brands that work well for each foot type.

Barefoot Shoe Brands For Slope Feet.

Not many brands cater to Slope only feet, but the good news is they don’t need to. When all your toes are shorter than your big toe you’re not likely to have issues with them running into the front of the shoe. So people with Slope feet can fit into every shoe shape (provided they work for your width and volume, keep reading for more info). Here are a few barefoot shoe brands that follow a Slope foot shape.

  • Be Lenka
  • Posh Panda
  • Xero Shoes
  • Splay Shoes

Plateau and Square feet also need to watch for sloping boxes. That doesn’t mean you can never try other options, but you might need to size up for enough toe space. Below are some brands that cater to feet that are more square.

Foot volume describes how much vertical space your foot takes up. This is independent of your length, width, and foot type. High volume feet are “tall” or “deep” and take up space in the top of the shoe. If you have this type of foot you may find that shoes feel extra snug over the arch of your foot and you have to keep your laces loose.

Low volume feet are shallow, or in other words, they don’t come very high up from the ground and don’t take up much vertical space. People with this type of foot may find that there is extra space in the top of their shoes. This can result in a lot of sloshing around and toe gripping, but don’t worry it’s an easy fix.

Barefoot Shoes Brands For Low Volume Feet.

There aren’t many brands that cater to low volume feet, BUT that shouldn’t prevent you from trying them all. It is very easy to fix a low volume problem either with barefoot insoles or my favourite felt inserts. You can learn more ways to make shoes fit your feet better in this video.

  • Luks Fuego Moccasins
  • Bedrock Sandals
  • Shamma Sandals
  • Splay Shoes

All barefoot shoe brands should be wide compared to conventional shoes. But this is a list of extra-wide options, for people who don’t fit into other barefoot shoe brands, starting with the widest. Keep in mind that custom may be a good option if you have trouble finding shoes that fit.