15 Stylish Barefoot Loafers That Don’t Pinch Your Toes

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A flat lay of 3 different colors of Dalia barefoot loafers with a wide toe box
My Favorite Barefoot Loafers That Are Actually Comfortable

Loafers have long been one of my favorite styles of shoes. They’re fashionable, practical, and can be worn as a dress or casual shoe. But most are really pinchy in the toes, so loafers and I never got along well because of my foot issues. Until I discovered barefoot shoes that is. Now I don’t need those tapered loafers anymore! I’m in a long term relationship with wide toe box shoes and regular shoes and I are never ever ever getting back together. πŸ˜‰

Welcome to Episode 6 of Wear This, Not That!

If you’re interested in getting the loafer style without the bunions, check out this list of completely flat and wide foot-shaped barefoot loafers.

Why Most Loafers are Hurting Your Feet

I have some strong opinions about what makes a healthy shoe (read this post for more on that). But the two biggest beefs I have with the loafers you’re most likely to see are they have a pointy toe box and a heel.

  1. Pointy Toe Box: Most shoes no longer look like feet at all. The pointed tips on your shoes prevent your toes from spreading out which can lead to the formation of bunions AND prevent your body from moving well (did you know we use our big toe to balance?)
  2. Heel: No, they’re not stilettos, but even that small heel on traditional loafers throws your center of gravity forward and forces your body to compensate in awkward ways. When you wear heels (even small ones) the effects are cumulative: back pain, knee pain, even headaches can result. Completely flat shoes are such an easy solution to some of our most common ailments.

And the crazy thing is, you find these unhealthy features even on brands considered “comfort” brands, such as the Naturalizer flats you see in the photos above. I purchase the WIDE width of their shoe, and yet it still pinches my toes painfully.

That’s what makes barefoot shoes so amazing (and such a no brainer when you think about) – they are not only good for your feet in ways that most shoes aren’t, but also don’t look like nursing home orthopedic shoes! Ready to dig into some fashionable healthy barefoot loafers? Read on for my top picks.

My Favorite Barefoot Loafers

Anya’s Shop Dalia & Yasemin

Leather | Sizes EU 34-45 | Ships from US

I designed the Yasemin & Dalia barefoot loafers myself! I wanted a simple shoe that was sophisticated and elegant, without unnecessary doodads and that came in a variety of neutrals. So I just developed my own πŸ˜€ They are fully leather shoes with a thin layer of rubber on the bottom, so they take a little bit of break in time to form to your foot. They are best suited for average to wide feet, not ideal for narrow or extra wide.

Front Angled view of leather barefoot loafers from Anya's Shop, a made in turkey loafer with stylish details

Be Lenka Buena & Viva

Two pairs of feet, top down view, standing on concrete wearing Be Lenka barefoot loafers with a wide toe box - the Buena in latte and the Viva in black.

Leather | Sizes EU 36-43 | Ships from EU or US

When shopping in the EU you can use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off.

Be Lenka has two loafer styles, each in different fit types. The Viva (above right) has a metal buckle and a slimmer fit. The Buena (above left) has a penny loafer strap and a wider fit. Both come with a removable insole, which makes them work well for both lower volume and higher volume feet. I love them both!

The Viva loafers do have a sharper edge and they gave me some pretty good blisters, so I recommend using moleskin if you have sensitive skin. But they are so pretty that it’s well worth it in my opinion!

Top down view of a person with extra wide feet wearing 1 Be Lenka Buena barefoot loafers while the other foot is bare to show the shape match.

If you have an extra wide foot, I would go with the Be Lenka Buena loafer! If you have a slimmer foot, prone to heel slippage in loafers then the Viva might be the better option.

Zeazoo Cheetah

Leather | Sizes EU 35-42 | Ships from Europe or US

When shopping in the EU, use code ANYASREVIEWS to get 10% off.

The Zeazoo Cheetah loafer comes in a bunch of different colors and detail options. They can be dressed up for more formal outfits or casually with denim. They are really comfortable for being a dressy shoe!

They are medium wide, but the moccasin top stitching makes them adaptable to a lot of different foot shapes. Zeazoo also does custom sizes and color combos by request. We carry just the taupe color shown above at Anya’s Shop.

Peerko Trim

Leather | Sizes EU 36-43 | Ships from EU

Use code ANYASREVIEWS10 for 10% offjust note that they don’t accept returns outside the EU.

The Peerko Trim is a loafer for people who want toe space AND pizazz. They are light, flexible, and low profile but with some sparkle and fun patterns. I think they still can be used as a professional shoe, depending on your outfit. But overall, these loafers are on the casual side.

They have an average to wide fit (probably not suitable for extra wide feet) and stay on my narrow heels pretty well. The volume is medium to low, so also not best for a high volume foot. They are one of the few barefoot slip-ons that fit me without any extra fit hacks!

Zaqq Qerp

Leather | Sizes UK 4.5-12.5/EU 37-48 | Ships from Germany

Zaqq loafers come in a couple styles with either lacing details around the edges or a braided metallic band across the top like the photo above. Choose from classic black, light pink, or a striking bright blue! I got a size 37 (I often get a 36 in flats) and they are pretty roomy, so I would say they run true to size. And make sure you read my review linked below for all the info on the Zaqq barefoot shoe brand.

Zaqq also has this gold Qosmo loafer that is quite pretty! Check out my Zaqq Review for more details about this brand.

Lisbeth Joe London

Top down view of Lisbeth Joe London barefoot women's dress loafers in gold leather being worn with black skinny jeans

Leather | Sizes US W 5-12/EU 35-44 | Ships from US

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The Lisbeth Joe London loafer has a classy design that works with all my favorite outfits, but still fits my wide toes comfortably.

It does fits high volume feet best, check all that space above the toes in the photo above! They also have a straight cut for people who need width through the middle of the foot. This is the opposite of my foot type, but once I added in a tongue pad for my low arches I have had no issues. Check out my full review of the Lisbeth Joe London for all the details on fit, sizing, and styling.

Ruby Workshop

Leather | Sizes EU 36-43 | Handmade in Turkey

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Ruby Workshop is a newer Etsy shop that makes loafers and flats in lots of colors. They are simple leather shoes, but feel light and soft. They are a little high volume for me (will be best for people with average or high volume feet) and fit a wide toe box.

They are more affordable than a lot of other barefoot shoes and can even be dressed up. They are a solid option to keep on your radar!

Raum Goods

A close up of a pair of feet leaning against a tree trunk wearing Raum goods barefoot slip-on loafers in natural leather

Leather | Sizes US Women’s 6 – Men’s 14 | Ships from USA

Raum Goods slip ons are made of buttery soft leather and have a nice wide shape to them. They come in several lovely neutral colors year round, and can be dressed up or down. They fit high volume and loose around the heel, so be ware if you are low volume and narrow in the back.

Be aware that the soles are fully leather and feel stiff and a little slippery at first. Once they get scuffed up they no longer are slippery, and the soles break in after a few wears. They are high quality shoes and feel great on. You can also have them repaired at a local cobbler if needed. Oh, and they have a grounding copper plug in the bottom!

I have a pair of their limited edition Mudcloth loafers and I love them! They run a little bit small, I am usually a 6.5 in flats/loafers and sized up to a 7.

Magical Shoes Cameron

Close up angled view of the soft gray leather on Magical Shoes Cameron loafer oxford barefoot dress shoes for men and women

Leather | Sizes EU 37-47 | Ships from EU

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Magical Shoes Cameron is super lightweight and flexible, like everything from Magical Shoes! This unisex style comes in 5 shades of soft leather and can easily take you from casual to dressy.

Check out all my Magical Shoes reviews here

Tadeevo Boat Shoes

Tadeevo Minimalist boat shoe style loafer in brown leather with ultra flexible zero drop outsole

Leather | Sizes EU 40-47 | Ships from EU

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Tadeevo boat shoes give you all the classic style of a conventional boat shoe, without the cramped toe box and stiff soles! They’re available in 5 colors so you’re sure to find something to suit your wardrobe.

Check out my Tadeevo Reviews for more details about this brand.

Groundz Slip-Ons

A top down view of a pair of feet standing on concrete wearing Groundx barefoot slip on shoes in clay suede

Leather | Sizes EU 36-47 | Ships from US

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Groundz slip-ons are similar to Raum Goods with a full leather sole and grounding plug, but Groundz have an extra wide forefoot shape to them and the leather is bit thicker. They fit high volume, so I went with the style shown above that fits more securely than the ones with cut outs on the sides.

In this brand I sized down to a 6 – they were a bit short but break in!

Drifter Leather Slip On

Leather | Sizes EU 34-49 | Custom Options | Handmade in Greece

The Drifter Leather slip on sneakers are simple, but able to be made according to your foot tracing and measurements! You can also customize your leather choice for a shoe that’s truly made for you. It’s a process, but I love all my Drifter Leather shoes.

You can read my Drifter Leather Reviews here

Posh Panda

A close up angled view of a pair of Posh Panda leopard barefoot moccasins.

Leather | Sizes infant to US W 11 | Handmade in Canada

Posh Panda moccasins are all handmade in Canada and come in leopard, metallic, and a whole lot of other color options! Of course leopard is what I have (obviously) and I love these shoes! Choose from rubber or suede soles for these funky flexible moccasins.

Read my Posh Panda Review here for more details

Unshoes Footwear

Leather | Handmade in USA

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Unshoes Forager is available in black, gray, navy, and brown and features moccasin style stitching around the toe box. The Primrose is a moccasin/ballet flat hybrid and comes in brown, black, gunmetal, and rose gold. Another model great for wide feet! But they can be loose around the ankles.

You can read all my Unshoes Reviews here

Gaucho Ninja

Leather | Sizes EU 36-45 | Handmade in the UK

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off your Gaucho Ninja purchase.

Gaucho Ninja shoes are exquisitely handcrafted in the UK by a small team of dedicated shoemakers using the finest materials. I don’t have these particular models, but love my Gaucho Ninja boots! The price is a bit ouchy, but Lisandro is a wonderful shoemaker dedicated to not leaving a harmful footprint on the earth. You can read more about Gaucho Ninja and my experience with their shoes in this review.

If you want to try your hand at shoe making, check out the DIY Moccasin kit.

And there you have it! 15 barefoot loafer alternatives to the cute, trendy shoes that smash your toes. I’d still like to see a few more options in this vein, maybe some metal buckles and definitely more smooth leather options. But boy am I glad we have so many stylish barefoot loafers that still let our feet be feet!

For lots more barefoot style, check out my Fashion, But Make it Barefoot Shoes series!

Loafers but make it barefoot

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54 thoughts on “15 Stylish Barefoot Loafers That Don’t Pinch Your Toes”

  1. Looks like most are good for average to high volume. Are there are loafers that work for people with narrow heels and prone to heel slippage and/or lower volume? I didn’t see that mentioned for any of these. Thanks.

    1. It’s true that most are not best suited for low volume. But the ones that have worked best for my low volume, narrow heeled feet are the Dalia (these are actually the only ones in this article that I don’t use a tongue pad or heel grip with). Also new on the market is the Be Lenka Viva. They have an even slimmer heel and work well enough on my low volume feet with just a little bit of space above the feet. The only thing is that the opening cut my heels really bad and I highly recommend wearing them with a heel grip.

  2. Many of these are not available any longer. This looks like a recent list. Is there an updated version? Thank you.

    1. Only one is not currently available – the Vivobarefoot Opanka (there were a couple other dead links that I’ve just updated though). I am finding out when those are coming back. But there are two additional loafer models that came out this spring that I am going to be adding to this article this week! One you can find a mini review of here, or check back in a day or two!

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Hi. I'm Anya.

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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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