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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 list of the Best Barefoot Shoes for Beginners for more brands and what to look for in a shoe.
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- Water Shoes – $10 There are several different brands on Amazon, but they all look to be about the same, and all in the same price range. Not sure how they hold up.
- Cinderollies – $14 These are cute flats, made with stretchy faux leather. Very minimal, but won’t last forever. See my mini review here
- Fitkicks – $20 I’ve heard these are nice! Also on Amazon.
- TSLA Running Shoes – $25
- TSLA Water Shoes – $15
- Whitin – This Amazon brand has some water and Lacrosse shoes that are $20 and below.
- Mishansha Water Shoes – $25 Look like tennies to me!
- Troadlop Hiking Shoes – $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
- Xero Shoes Sandals– The Jessie, Cloud and DIY Sandals are all under $50
- Kionas Sandals (Etsy, Women’s) – Leather sandals all around $50 (Must request no heel)
- Grecian Sandals (Etsy, Women’s) -Leather sandals all around $45 (Must request no heel). See my review here.
- Unshoes – Wokova and Keota sandals are $50
- Zeazoo Kiwi – ($48) These simple shoes can be customized and look like a loafer. Code ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off.
- 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.
- Sockwa – I’m not sure if these count as shoes, they’re more like socks with a sole. But the Playa line is $30!
- Whitin – The running shoes from this brand are around $35
- Saguaro Barefoot – ($33)
- Splay Shoes – 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.
- Xero shoes – Most of their shoes are priced above $50 normally, but this company has frequent sales and their shoes are often $20-$50. This is a great first barefoot shoe company.
$75 or less
- Earth Runner Sandals – Elemental Sandals $70 + 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWSER
- Shamma Sandals – The Chargers and All-Blacks are $75 and under.
- Unshoes – Pah Tempe are $75
- Luks Shoes (Women’s) – Barefoot sandals $75
- Tikki Sandals – $67
- Savopoulos Grecian Sandals (Etsy) $60
- Greek Sandals Penelope (Etsy) $55
- Xero Z Trek and Z Trail – See my Z Trek review here
- Zeazoo – Lots of different styles all around $75. Code ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off
- Unshoes – Terra Vida $74 (My review here)
- Xero Shoes – Boaty and Lena are $70
- Sockwa Minimal Shoes – $70
Dress shoes (women)
- Ursanina Flats – ($50-$70) You can get these custom made to your foot shape!
- Dextra Perspective – ($70) Another custom flat!
- The Storehouse Flats – $60-$75. My review here.
- Paperkrane (formally just a kid’s brand) is adding more options for adults. They have a simple Mary Jane that is $60.
- Yosi Samra Samara flats (Black is $50-$75) – See my Women’s Dress Shoe Roundup for details on these.
- 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
- Belenka Women’s Sandals – $80 Several beautiful styles all around $80. Code ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off.
- Crupon (Esty, Women’s) – Sandals are around $80. Must request flat sole, and no returns/exchanges. My review here.
- Unshoes – Saffron, Uinta are all less than $100. See all my Unshoes reviews here.
- Luna Sandals – Several styles are under $100 – get 10% off your first order with code ANYA10
- Earth Runners – Circadian and Alpha Sandals $80 + 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWSER
- Softstar – Solstice sandal $95
- Luks Shoes (Women’s)- Fuego Moccasins $87
- Unshoes Forager – $90
- Tadeevo Minimalist shoes $95 (My review here)
- Xero Shoes – Terraflex, Pacifica, and Prio are all $90-$100
- Astra Loyak water shoes – $85
- Softstar Solstice and Merry Jane are both $95
- Oesh Dream flats (Women’s) – $98 See my review here.
- Yosi Samra Samara – (Women’s) flats in other colors (besides black) $75-$90
- Crupon (Etsy, Women’s) – Flats are around $100. Must request flat sole, and no returns/exchanges. See my review here
- Zeazoo Dingo – $90 See review here. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off
- Xero Shoes – (Women’s) Vienna boot $90
- Xero Toronto– $100 This high top sneaker boot looks pretty rad.
- Paperkrane is releasing a rainbow Chelsea boot in adult sizes for $89
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:
- Minimal Shoe Buy/Sell/Trade FB group
- Poshmark – I’m a big fan of Poshmark! If you use my code THEJENSENS2 you get a $5 credit upon opening an account.
- Mercari – Not as much selection as the others, but cheaper prices and you get a $10 credit when you use this link.
- Amazon (You can find several brands of barefoot shoes here, check out my Amazon Barefoot Shoe finds for the full list.