Etsy is my FAVORITE place to buy gifts for myself and others. So many fabulous handmade items. A lot of budding shoe makers started out on Etsy (Unshoes, Soft Star, The Drifter Leather, Gea Soles), and I anticipate some on the following list will become big names in the Minimalist Shoe world.
The list below is a compilation of Etsy shops that make minimalist friendly shoes. Most of the sandals on this list are normally made with a small heel and you must request them made completely flat. I personally have only tried a handful of these, so just be sure to do your research and ask any questions you have before purchasing.
As always, these lists are a joint effort. So let me know of other Etsy shops you’ve found and loved!
Crupon $80 – Women’s shoes only, closed toe flats and sandals. See my full review of one of their styles here. I also have sandals (pictured above) and they are lovely. They are on the narrow side and I needed to stretch them, so they wouldn’t be good for wide feet.
Kionas Sandals $50 Have not tried these, but owner says you can request no heel at checkout.
Savopoulos greek sandals – $60 The owner of this shop is willing to make these heel-less and widen the straps for you. The soles are made of Vibram and you can request no heel in the notes section at checkout. Due to their popularity it takes a looong time before they ship during the warmer months (like 2 months). The sole is on the thicker side and takes some breaking in.
Greek Sandals Penelope – $50 She will customize the sole of these sandals based on a foot tracing and measurements, which is not common. These are the most affordable customized sandals I’ve found. Her soles are made of rubber and can be between .5-1cm thick. You also can simply request no heel at checkout if you don’t want to send her a foot tracing. I have a pair and they are nice and wide.
Calpas Sandals – $75 The owner of this shop is willing to make these heel-less by request and they have a lot of styles that are foot friendly!
Nikos Shoes Sandals – $60 Shop owner replied that some styles could be made without a heel, but not all, so you’d need to message before purchasing.
Holy Cow Chic – $100 Some options are already flat, and the ones that aren’t can’t be modified. You’ll have to look closely at the listings and ask the shop owner about specific shoes.
Laboo Leather – $67 Owner was very responsive and can make all their sandals heel-less by request.
Adult Custom Shoes
Gaucho Ninja Leather UK $200 – These are handmade barefoot leather shoes for men and women and seem to be really high quality!
Dextra Perspective $60 – These are fabric shoes, so are more affordable than the above leather options. The shop owner Mandy is willing to collaborate on new designs and her shoes can be made in all kinds of fun prints. She also will make kids shoes. Currently only has women’s styles in her shop. I tried them this year and here is my experience.
Yemeni shoes are traditional Turkish shoes, made entirely of leather, hand stitched, and zero drop. There are many Yemeni shoe sellers on Etsy, but most of the designs look fairly tapered. High quality, unstructured leather will stretch over time, but if you’d prefer to start out with a foot-shaped shoe there are a few shop owners who will custom-make these shoes based off your foot tracing. Unless you specify, they will only use the width and length of your feet, so if you want the shape of the shoe to match the shape of your foot you’ll need to specify that.
Handmade Shoes by Perge – This shop doesn’t do custom cut soles, but they do have a wide option.
Muk Shoes by Bula Jeans Boutique – $30 These look like great shoes for kids. They come in baby to big kid sizes and are easy on and off. Vegan
Soft Walker shoes – $25 These are really affordably leather shoes and boots, and look awesome! Can be made up to preschool age sizes.
Moccasins by Desi – $50 Adorable handmade moccasins!