About Me

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A full body image of a woman posing in white leather sneakers from Belenka barefoot outside with a blue sky and wind in her hair

Hi! I’m Anya! I am a barefoot shoe wearer who loves personal style.

I first discovered “barefoot shoes” after a long bout of foot issues. They were a lifeline thrown to me when everything else I tried was a dead end. Thanks to the incredible work by people like Katy Bowman I could finally see a clear path toward freedom of movement.

But I lamented my amazing shoe wardrobe and felt like I would never be chic again. Healthy shoes are ugly, right? I’ve always been a shoe person (and always had foot problems), so it was a pretty mixed bag of emotions.

But it wasn’t long before I realized that with some extra research (and a whole new set of standards) I could curate shoes that made me feel amazing and didn’t require any compromises. It didn’t take much digging to realize that a lot of people were out looking for the same thing, so I decided to use my hours of research to create something that didn’t exist yet. This blog is the result of my efforts to share with the world the many ways a person can be true to herself, both in body and spirit.

To read more about how I began my journey click here. And for an in introduction to barefoot shoes, check out my Best Brands for Beginners post and Best Brands of All Time post.

Oh, and I do children’s and men’s reviews as well! If you are interested in a collaboration please email me at anya@anyasreviews.com

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5 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Anya – I just wanted to say ‘Thank you!’ for all of the information that you have collated and shared through your website and social media feeds. I’ve been transitioning to barefoot over the last couple of years and your reviews are really helping to support that process – I no longer feel like my choices are limited to some pretty weird looking options!! I can see a point at which I will be able to wear barefoot shoes to any occasion that I might have to attend which can only make me a healthier and happier person. Thanks for all of the great work and I hope you can keep it going in 2021! Best wishes.

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I am glad my content has been helpful to you as you transition, that is my main goal! All the best to you and yours.

  2. Hi,

    What do you think about earthing?
    Can we walk barefoot at home or there’s any danger?
    What are the best minimalist shoes for gym?
    What to do to grow nice toenails?

    Thank you.

  3. Somerset Gladding

    Hello Anya – just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you. I just bought my first barefoot shoes and I chose the Mukishoes Igneous boots. Oh boy! What a treat. I’m wearing them with Injinji socks and CorrectToes, and it feels like heaven. At 68 years old, I decided that something has to change, as I have developed quite bad hip pain in the last year (lockdowns and stress!).
    Before buying them, I did a massive amount of research, and my first resource has always been your reviews. They are so good, and I’m glad I decided to trust them. You didn’t let me down! I’m awaiting my first order of Wildling shoes, which should arrive in the next few days, and I’m excited to gradually replace ALL my old shoes with barefoot (barefeet? – shades of Lord Of The Rings!).
    Thank you Anya. You are a blessing.
    Love and blessings
    Somerset

    1. Somerset, thanks so much for the kind words! And good for you for making a change, change is hard! Sounds like you got a winner with the Mukishoes boots. Hope your Wildlings are just as successful!!

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Hi. I'm Anya.

Hi. I'm Anya.

I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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