I’ve tried hundreds of barefoot boots in all different styles – but which ones do I reach for over and over? In this article I share my top ten favorites that I wear all season long. So read on to see the best barefoot boots for every day wear!
Why Are Barefoot Boots Important?
Do you free your feet in the summer by going barefoot, but then stuff those toesies back into clunky boots when it gets cold? It doesn’t need to be so! There are barefoot boot options that let your feet move naturally, and still protect you from the elements – your feet and body will thank you!
This list is our personal tried-and-true favorite barefoot boots for everyday wear in fall and winter. Keep in mind that your foot type will affect what works best for YOU (learn more about your foot type and how to measure here). That’s why I’ve shared helpful sizing info so you can shop easily!
For even more barefoot boot options, check my other lists below.
Now let’s get to it! Here are my top ten favorite barefoot boots in order of most worn to least worn in our house. And while some photos here are of feminine boots, every brand listed offers unisex and masculine styles as well.
Leather | Sizes 36-47 | Available at:
Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off at Be Lenka (returns only accepted from within the EU and USA)
Many boot models will also available at Anya’s Shop (US) starting early September
What I love About Them: Out of all my barefoot boots, I wear my Be Lenka’s most often during the cold season. They look fancier than my Dingo boots (read about those delightful boots later) and I still feel totally comfortable and pain free. They also have durable soles for winter weather/hiking and waterproof options, so they really meet my practical needs.
Be Lenka has so many different barefoot boot styles, and I love all of them – the quality is always top notch. They’re my go to when I need something functional that has plenty of space for my toes. Just be aware that the sole on Be Lenka boots is a little heftier than you might be used to with barefoot shoes.
Several beautiful new boot styles are coming throughout the fall!
Sizing & Fit Type: Be Lenka barefoot boots have a square shape to them and are excellent for people with wide feet. They have a medium volume fit in most models, but ones with wool lining tend to fit snug and people often size up (this is par for the course with lined boots). I find them to be quite versatile in fit for a wide variety of people.
Leather & Vegan | Sizes EU 37-45 | Available At:
Use code ANYASREVIEWS10 for 10% off directly from Peerko! But please note that Peerko doesn’t accept returns outside the EU.
Also available at Anya’s Shop in the US with worldwide shipping (and returns are accepted).
What I Love About Them: Peerko boots were instant love as soon as I laid eyes on them. They are one of the most stylish barefoot boots I’ve ever seen, not to mention they’re lightweight and have a wide forefoot. A real crowd pleaser!
The side zipper on the tall Empire and shorter Go boots make them so easy to put on and I am have so much fun styling them. You can find Peerko boots lined with leather, fleece, or wool depending on the warmth you want. I use Renapur’s on them to keep the leather sleek and shiny through the season.
Besides being high quality and comfortable, Peerko is one of the few brands that look equally nice on both men and women. This Fall 2023 season Peerko will release a vegan version of several boots too.
Sizing & Fit Type: Peerko boots are a little wider than your average barefoot shoe brand and allow for plenty of toe space. They tend to work well for a lot of different foot shapes and volumes! I am wearing my usual size in Peerko, but I size up in the wool lined Frost (which I always do in boots with warm linings!).
Leather | Sizes US W 5.5- M 15 | Available at:
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Check here for your nearest Vivobarefoot retailer.
What I Love About Them: The Vivobarefoot Gobi boots were my very first barefoot winter boot back in 2017 and I wore the heck out of them! They wore like a dream, and I love that Vivobarefoot boots look mainstream. My two favorites are Gobi and the Geo Chelsea. The current Gobi boot comes in men’s and women’s and is super soft (see them in action here). The Chelsea boots (both Geo and Gobi) come in women’s only and feels a little more structured and stiff, but break in with wear. All have grippy outsoles.
I learned the hard way that ALL Vivobarefoot boots aren’t very warm unless you swap out the insole for a better one (I use sheepskin). But the leather uppers are really high quality and we’ve had great luck with our pairs.
Sizing & Fit Type: In general Vivobarefoot boots fit an average width and are low to medium volume. Men’s models are several millimeters wider than Women’s, so if you have wide feet I suggest ordering Men’s. I size up in the waterproof boots for extra space (Tracker FG & Snow), otherwise I wear my typical size. For model specific sizing, check out my in-depth Vivobarefoot Reviews.
Leather, Wool & Vegan Options | Sizes EU 36-48 | Available from
Use code ANYAMUKI for 10% off from Mukishoes, or find the chelsea at Anya’s Shop
What I Love About Them: Mukishoes is another extremely flexible and lightweight barefoot shoe brand with genuine ground feel. While not quite as flexible or “second-skin” like as Wildling shoes, they are more mainstream looking so I end up reaching for my Mukishoes a ton throughout the season. They feel so great and also look fashionable!
You can find Mukishoes barefoot boots seasonally, usually around September each year. They have high top sneakers, wool lined combat boots, chelsea boots and I love all of them!
Sizing & Fit Type: Mukishoes has an average width toe box, but the flexible outsole and soft upper accommodates many wider feet.
For me the chelsea boots fit slightly smaller than other brands (because the ankle opening pushes your foot a little forward) but the lace ups are pretty true to size. This is a brand that works great for high volume feet, so I wear an insole in all of my pairs because I have low arches and skinny ankles.
Textile and Wool Options | Sizes EU 18-48 | Available from:
What I Love About Them: Wilding Shoes is another brand that makes me giddy. All of their models are fabric with an extremely flexible sole and hands down the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn! You wouldn’t expect it because of how lightweight they are, but the winter models from Wilding are fairly warm and my kids and I always end up wearing them as often as possible. The reason Wildling’s barefoot boots are 3rd on this list and not first is because the laces take a little extra time to do and they are very casual looking (But my husband will be wearing his North Wolf boots to work this winter!).
Sizing & Fit Type: I highly recommend you consult their size finder when ordering instead of ordering your usual size. Each model comes with a specific fit guide, so make sure you read that as well. Typically Wildlings cater to an average width foot, but there are always a few that work for extra wide feet.
You can expect your Wildling Shoes to have a squared off toe box so the outer toes don’t get squished and a flexible outsole that can adapt to a wide variety of foot shapes. They do tend to fit high volume feet best – if you have shallow feet I would recommend getting the wool insole for a better fit (works great for us!).
P.S. Some people are surprised by how long their Wildings are – this is intentional and as long as the shoe is secure and not flopping the extra length shouldn’t be an issue.
Leather | Sizes EU 36-48 | Available At:
We will have many styles available this fall at Anya’s Shop! We expect them to start arriving in October.
What I Love About Them: Groundies does stylish barefoot boots for men and women very well. They have a few different available outsole types, but my two favorites for boots are the GO1 and the GX1. The GO1 is very flexible and has the widest fit, while the GX1 is a little thicker and more rugged – which can be nice for boots in the cold season. Both are high quality and long lasting.
Be aware that Groundies has three different toe box shapes – Regular, Barefoot, and Barefoot+ (extra wide). The “Regular” is tapered and a more traditional shape, so I recommend filtering by Barefoot or Barefoot+ so all you see are the foot shaped options. This fall some popular boot models, like the Camden and Odessa, will be released in the Barefoot+ width!
Sizing & Fit Type: Groundies Barefoot models have an average width, but their Barefoot+ line is extra wide and runs a little longer in length than the same size in Barefoot width. Sizing is true and consistent otherwise, so not too many surprises between styles. The boots fit medium volume, but can often work for both high and low volume. I wear a size 37 in Groundies boots unless I plan to wear warm socks.
Sheepskin | Sizes EU 35-42 (+ custom sizes) | Available at:
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Also at Anya’s Shop in the US (full restock expected late September/early October).
What I Love About Them: Hands down my most comfortable barefoot boot is the Zeazoo Dingo – They feel like slippers and look like Ugg boots! I like that they are so light but still dang warm and slip on easily. And it’s not just me who loves them, they have been extremely popular at Anya’s Shop and around the world for people in all climates. They’re a dream!
But because of the sole type, they’re not great at keeping snow and water out and not as durable as some of the other options here. For me they are the perfect walking and quick-errands boot in the winter, but if you tend to drag your feet or kick curbs you might bust a seam.
New for 2023 is the pretty chestnut color in the above right photo! It’s gorgeous!
Sizing & Fit Type: The Zeazoo Dingo has a wide straight fit and a plateau shaped toe box. They run big and many people size down (especially because the thick lining tamps down with use).
They are generous around the ankle and arch, so work well for high volume feet – but I did fine in them with my low volume feet and skinny ankles after sizing down one from my normal size. I also wear thick socks in them to bunch up around the ankle for a little more security. If you need bigger than a size 42 you can request a custom size from Zeazoo.
For more details, read my review of the Zeazoo Dingo here!
Sheepskin | Sizes 5U-15U | Available at:
What I Love About Them: The Softstar Phoenix (above right) is a super high quality sheepskin boot, the best I’ve ever seen, and they keep my feet toasty warm. The side zip makes them easy to take on and off, and I reach for them frequently on cold days. They are heavier than the other boots I’ve listed so far because of the thickness of the fur, but they will last forever.
Softstar also makes the Switchback boot (above left), which you can read about in my Best Barefoot Hiking Boots roundup. Some people wear it as an everyday boot, but the tread is so deep that I prefer it only for hiking. This one is a good option for people with extra wide feet.
Sizing & Fit Type: Phoenix boots fit average to wide feet in width, but can stretch to fit extra wide feet. The sheepskin fluff is thick and so they feel really snug at first and I would recommend sizing up one. I have a size 7U, or women’s 8, and my feet hang over the edge slightly.
Leather or Vegan | Sizes EU 35-47 | Available at:
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What I Love About Them: Shapen Barefoot makes gorgeous barefoot dress shoes for women, they’re a godsend for people who need to get fancy but can’t fit into other barefoot shoe brands! But they also have stylish everyday options for both men & women too. And this Fall 2023 Shapen is adding many more gorgeous styles in the full size range throughout September and October. I had a chance to try them on this summer and we’ll be carrying many of them this fall at Anya’s Shop!
I love them as stylish comfortable, and warm barefoot boots. I don’t think they’ll be super practical for snow or hiking, but as a lifestyle boot brand Shapen is excellent.
Sizing & Fit: Shapen boots have a wide to extra wide fit and fit on the bigger side. I often size up to a 38 in boots, but don’t need to in my Shapen. If you like the width of Be Lenka but want something softer and lighter, Shapen is the brand.
They also tend to fit higher volume. The Cozy boot, shown below, fits my foot type best, but I am able to wear all Shapen’s boots if I add an extra insole (because I have such shallow arches). I wear my normal size in them and have plenty of space.
Leather or Synthetic | Sizes US Women’s 5 – Men’s 15 | Available at:
What I Love About Them: Xero Shoes makes several practical barefoot boots for fall and winter that work wonderfully for Justin’s foot type. He especially loves the Denver boot. But they cater to an average to narrow toe box width and a wide midfoot, which means they aren’t a great brand for my foot type.
But they are a favorite for people who are new to barefoot shoes because they tend to have a lower price point than other brands and a wide range of options. They also have a huge fall/winter sale that’s worth checking out!
Sizing & Fit: We find Xero to run true to size mostly for Justin, but I size up more often than not in their boots. In general when a boot is waterproof or lined it fits more snugly, so if you have wide feet I would also suggest sizing up in Xero. They also fit fairly high volume.
Leather or Textile | Sizes US Womens 6.5 – Mens 15 | Available at:
What I Love About Them: Lems Shoes has some really great barefoot boots with a little bit more cushion than the other brands listed here. We especially love the Chelsea boot and the Telluride for extra wide feet, and the new Boulder Boulder Boot Grip. Several come in waterproof options too!
The thicker sole makes Lems a good brand for people who want thicker soles on their shoes, and I also love that Lems have a lot of vertical space above the big toe. Plus, the look is classic and cool. Justin and I both love our Lems!
Note that a few Lems shoes are not zero drop nor have a wide toe box, but I linked above to their barefoot-friendly options.
Sizing & Fit: In our experience Lems shoes run on the smaller side and I usually go up a whole size in my Lems boots. They fit a lot of different foot shapes and volumes, which is great. But if you have extra wide feet I would recommend choosing from their widest sole shape options.
The above are my top ten most worn barefoot boot brands for every day, but there are some other really great barefoot shoes that deserve a mention. And depending on your foot type and preferences, they might be perfect for you!
Leather & Vegan Options | Sizes EU 37-48 | Available at:
You can find select styles at Anya’s Shop in the US with worldwide shipping available!
What I Love About Them: Zaqq barefoot boots look amazing (they honestly have the widest selection of barefoot boots I’ve ever seen) and they are still soft and comfortable on foot. My personal favorites are the Riquet boots (shown above right). They are a wonderful blend of mainstream style with really soft, flexible soles. They would be in the top ten if they weren’t so hard for us to keep in stock at Anya’s Shop and easier to order from Zaqq in Germany.
Sizing & Fit Type: Zaqq shoes are pretty much smack in the middle in terms of fit. Slightly wider than Vivobarefoot, they fit an average to wide feet, medium volume. The main thing to be aware of is that some of their dress models have a more tapered toe box, so you need to be careful about that. For example, ballet flats, men’s dress shoes, and the Qlance boot are pretty narrow. But the vast majority of their shoes have a natural shape to them.
Crave & Angles
Leather | Sizes EU 37-46 | Available at:
What I Love About Them: The barefoot boots from Crave and Angles Fashion were an unexpected favorite of mine. They have a nice wide toe box, soft inner lining, and classic styling. I wear them often in the fall and winter, because they’re so comfortable and match all my outfits.
Both brands are run by the same parent company, but have a different outsole and shape to them.
Sizing & Fit Type: The warm lined models from Angles fit snug, and I sized up to a 38 in them which worked perfectly. They fit like a glove, and I wear medium weight socks with them. They are great for wide and extra wide feet and fit a medium volume height. The non-lined models are more true to size, but consult their size chart to double check. Crave has a similar fit but wider in the toe box.
Feelgrounds is an all vegan brand with a couple boot option! The Patrol is lined with fleece, and they come with both a fleece and a cork insole. They also come with a grippy outsole for all-weather conditions, and are gusseted up to the ankle for waterproof-ness. They’re entirely vegan and have a pretty thick sole that some people find stiff. But for wintery weather they are practical! You can also find a chelsea boot in several colors from Feelgrounds.
Ahinsa boots really light, flexible, and have a wide forefoot – just what I like in a boot. They are also all 100% vegan. The uppers are naturally water resistant, and they wear really well. I have yet to see any scuffs or fading of the material even after lots of winter use. I wish the Jaya had a side zipper, I’d wear them a lot more often if they did. But overall I am happy with them.
Ahinsa shoes run a teensy bit shorter than most other barefoot boots, so I am kind of in between a 37 & 38. Both my Ahinsa barefoot boots are a size 37, but I wish I had gotten a 38 in the Winter model that has a fleece lining. The “Comfort” models from Ahinsa are all the same as the Barefoot ones, they just come with an insole that add a small heel lift and arch support (wouldn’t be truly barefoot with this).
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Freet Barefoot is my husband’s current favorite barefoot shoe brand – they work well for wide, thick feet. I like the Richmond boot, which looks like a simple desert boot. The only reason Freet is here in the runner up section is that the styles are very utilitarian and I don’t end up reaching for them very often because they don’t always match my wardrobe. But they have some very practical boots for wide feet, including some great vegan options! You can read my thoughts on the Mudee boot here.
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Magical Shoes is a Polish brand that makes super flexible barefoot shoes. Their boots are super comfortable and lined with warm wool or fleece. They also have a lot of vertical toe space, so they tend to be a home run when it comes to the comfort for a lot of people. I find their sneakers and boots run quite small, so I recommend sizing up one in them.
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Jenon Leather Snowflake boots are warm, cozy, and fit my fan-shaped foot really well. This brand can customize the shape and fit as well if you have trouble finding boots that fit. Everything from Jenon is handmade to order, so plan ahead! The Yeans model is an everyday leather lined boot that looks great as well. This is a great brand if you want some color or prints you don’t normally see in barefoot boots.
Luks Barefoot makes supremely soft, flexible, and wide barefoot boots that many people absolutely adore. Comfort-wise, my Primavera boots are fabulous and I’m always feeling great in them. But I don’t end up wearing them as often because the height of them hits me at an awkward place. I wish they were either shorter or taller! They also have a really long wait time because every pair is handmade to high standards. Overall they’re an excellent brand, and if they match your foot shape and style then don’t hesitate!
Koel (previously a kids’ brand) has recently added several lovely women’s styles. They fit an average foot best and are medium to low low volume. I don’t need any fit hacks to get a good fit, but they are only just wide enough.
I particularly like the Flora lace-up boots below! Koel does ship to the US from Portugal, but you can also find them at Mugavik Barefoot and use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. Mugavik is where I bought my pairs, because they are much more responsive and I felt confident ordering from them.
The Drifter Leather
The Drifter Leather is quite a process to order from – they accept orders only once a month or so and fulfillment can take months, but my barefoot boots from them are to die for. Extremely light, flexible, and perfectly formed to my foot BUT STILL A MAINSTREAM BOOT STYLE. Can you tell I’m excited? If you’re considering a pair, make sure you check out my Guide to Ordering from the Drifter Leather for a full run down of the process, and then head to their website to subscribe for updates.
As you can see, there are so many options in different styles and shapes that you’re sure to find a healthy barefoot boot that works for you! And don’t forget, I have tons of other resources here to help you find the barefoot shoe of your dreams, so stick around!