Complete List of 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.

For a curated list of my favorites from this list, check out this roundup of the Top 10 Affordable Barefoot Shoes for Adults!

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

$75 or less

Sandals

Shoes

Dress shoes (women)

Boots

  • Minnetonka has soft soled leather boots and can also be found on Amazon. 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

$150 or less

Sandals

Shoes

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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  1. I would remove Kionas Sandals from the list. This brand’s sandals, which I ordered with no heel, are nice in appearance and comfort. However, I would not recommend them as barefoot shoes. The toe box is not anatomical, i.e. not wider than that of conventional shoes. More importantly, the soles under my heels have already rubbed away after about two months of use, to the point that I know I will need new sandals soon. I don’t think the sole material is made to withstand abrasion, since it would normally have a heel on it.

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