Affordable Barefoot and Minimalist Shoes

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Have you been curious about the health benefits of barefoot shoes, but scared by the hefty price tags? Many barefoot shoes are expensive, it’s true. But you don’t need money to reap the benefits of going barefoot. Below is a list of affordable minimalist shoes to get you started!

Even one pair in your closet will greatly increase the time you spend using those foot muscles, and you can work up from there. Don’t forget, it doesn’t cost a thing to be barefoot.

If you’re interested in minimalist footwear and not sure where to begin, be sure to check out my shoes lists and reviews to get familiarized! There also is an Affordable Barefoot Shoes for Kids post

Under $25

Walmart and Target are both known for having cheap sneakers that are thin and flexible. I always check under the insole in case there’s a hidden wedge to take out, and the toe boxes can be tapered. But Faded Glory, Time and Tru, and Mad Love all make minimal sneakers that are very soft, flexible and really cheap.

$50 or less

Sandals

Shoes

  • Joomrah Running Shoes – $35
  • Saguaro Barefoot – ($33)
  • Sockwa – Use code ANYAREWARD for 20% off
  • Splay Shoes – ($44) Albeit a kid’s brand, if you wear a size EU 39 or smaller you can fit into these $44 sneakers, and get 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWS
  • Velho – ($33) Simple sneakers that are lightweight and flexible, but with a slightly tapered toe box. Have not tried these myself, but look like a good affordable option.
  • Whitin – The running shoes from this brand are around $35
  • Xero shoes – Most of their shoes are priced above $50 normally, but frequently have big sales.
  • Zeazoo Kiwi – ($48) These simple shoes can be customized and look like a loafer. Code ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off.

$75 or less

Sandals

Shoes

  • Anatomic – $60 – Available for US residents at Pedterra and use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off your first order!
  • Skinners – $60
  • Sockwa Minimal Shoes – $70. Use code ANYAREWARD for 20% off
  • Unshoes – Terra Vida $74 (My review here). 10% off with code ANYA
  • Xero Shoes – Aptos is $60, see my review here!

Dress shoes (women)

Boots

  • Keds Scout ($70) – Some styles available in wide widths also! Check the insole for a heel lift.
  • Minnetonka has soft soled leather boots at about $45 and can also be found on Amazon for the same price. They come in men’s as well, but are a little more expensive.

$100 or less

Sandals

Shoes

Dress Shoes

Men’s

Women’s

Boots

  • Keds Scout ($80-90) – Some styles available in wide widths also! Check the insole for a heel lift.
  • Paperkrane has some Chelsea boots and chukkas in adult sizes for $89 – ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off. US/Canadian customers can get them with free shipping from Anya’s Shop
  • Xero Toronto– $100 This high top sneaker boot looks pretty rad.
  • Zeazoo Dingo – $90 See review here. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off from Zeazoo, but US customers can order them from Anya’s Shop for cheaper than from Zeazoo (after US shipping).

$200 or less

Sandals

Shoes

  • Ahinsa – $150 Vegan
  • Angles Fashion – $150
  • Be Lenka – $125-$140. Select styles available at Anya’s Shop for US/Canadian customers! Direct from Be Lenka, use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. See my Be Lenka Prime review here!
  • Blifestyle – EU only. $150
  • Bohempia – A couple vegan sneaker options around $120 with extra wide widths too. Get 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWS.
  • Feelgrounds – Several cool sneakers ranging from $120-$160.
  • Groundies – Tons of options with great style in this price range.
  • Magical Shoes – $115 sneakers. Use code ANYA for 10% off.
  • Mukishoes – Sneakers around $110. See my review of the Mukishoes brand here. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off.
  • Feelgrounds – $122-$159 and free worldwide shipping
  • Luks Shoes – Fuego Moccasins, Corriente, and Milagro are less than $200
  • Vivobarefoot – Casual and athletic shoes for $150 or less. Use code ANYAVB for 10% off
  • Zkama – $115
  • Zlatush

Dress Shoes

Men’s

Women’s

Boots

More ways to save

Buying used is a great way to save money, as long as you know what to look for. I don’t recommend buying expensive used shoes in a brand you haven’t tried before, but if you’re getting a good deal and can resell/return if they don’t fit, go for it!

Great places to buy/sell used barefoot shoes:

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10 thoughts on “Affordable Barefoot and Minimalist Shoes”

  1. Catherine Freemantle

    This is so helpful, thanks Anya. Do you think the Yemeni shoes would be barefoot friendly? There are a couple on Etsy that make them to fit your foot, they appear to be zero drop…. but I’m not sure how flexible the soles would be. I’ve asked… fingers crossed! They’d be perfect with trousers for work.

    1. I looked into this, and they look like they have a lot of potential. I would verify with each seller that they are zero drop and that the entire shoe is leather. If that’s the case, they should stretch well to accommodate your foot, since they look narrow to begin with.

  2. Hi! I’ve been reading so many of your articles. I have a deep love for berkenstocks. I recently bought a pair of WITHIN shoes and like those alot. I’m wondering though, if you know of any shoe brands that also have wide toe boxes that may not be barefoot shoes (other than berkenstocks). If not no worries I just thought I’d ask the guru!

    1. Hello! Keen does a pretty good job with a wide toe box, and I’ve heard Earth Shoes are nice and wide. Otherwise, I think Birkenstock takes the cake in that area.

  3. I tried the Velho shoes after seeing them here so I thought I’d come back and say a bit about them. The soles are thicker than I expected, so I don’t feel the ground as much as I’d like, and the toe box is not tight but it is tapered enough that you don’t have a full range of spread. However, they’re really flexible and comfortable straight out of the box and the price is definitely appealing. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who are used to being truly barefoot, but they seem like a great pick for people who are new to minimalist shoes. You get to break away from stiff shoes and try something flexible without the shock of feeling every pebble under your feet, for an approachable price. Possibly also good for people who are apprehensive about thin soles because they live in places where there are many hazards on the street. Overall I’d say they’re an excellent beginner shoe but likely an underwhelming choice for the enthusiast.

    1. Hi! They look like they have a nice wide toe box and a thin sole, but I can see there is a slight heel rise. So I would buy according to how important that is for you.

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