Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes – The Complete List

Updated 8/19/20

One of the trickiest categories of barefoot shoes is the women’s dress shoe. As someone who doesn’t want to compromise on style OR foot health, this has been the area I’ve spent the most time researching. Here is my compilation of minimalist shoes you can wear to work or a night out, but are still completely flat, flexible and with a roomy toe box.

Some of these I have tried and reviewed, but many of them I have not personally worn, so any feedback is appreciated. Also, remember to do your diligence before ordering to be sure they fit your needs.

I have coupon codes for several brands in this list. For my full list of coupon codes read (and bookmark!) this post.

Table of Contents

  1. Boots
  2. Lace Up Shoes
  3. Flats
  4. Mary Janes
  5. Sandals

*The Drifter Leather and Zaqq have multiple dressy options for every one of these categories and are great brands for fancy occasions, so for convenience I won’t list them out below. See all of my Drifter Leather reviews here and all of my Zaqq reviews here.*

1. Dress Boots

My personal favorite dressy boots are the Drifter Leather and Zaqq. See this post for lots of styling ideas!

2. Lace Up Dress Shoes (oxfords/chukkas)

3. Flats

I have a dedicated Ballet Flats post where I share my favorites!

4. Mary Janes

5. Dress Sandals

I have a dedicated list of all barefoot sandals here, and an Etsy finds list here with many dressy sandal options.

6. Honorable Mention

Yosi Samara (available for cheaper here and here) – This is what I’ve worn for years. The toe box kind of bothers me after walking a while, but they are zero drop and roomy, with a split sole. Also, more affordable than many barefoot ballet flats.
Crane Boutique – I’ve also owned these, they have a roomy toe box and are flat and flexible. I sold mine because they pressed down over the tops of my toes and didn’t stretch.
Manitoba Moccasins – These flats are completely flat, but the toe box is fairly tapered
Cinderollies – Points for being cheap, but not the greatest toe box. See review here.
Tieks – I thought I better put these on here because they are on KB’s shoe list, but I am personally not a fan. The toe box is SO TIGHT and the sole is very thick (though it does bend in half). There is zero ground feel. I like to toe the line with my shoes when it comes to fashion, but these were not even close to being comfortable.
Zuzii Sandals – These are zero drop and flexible, but the straps that go over the ball of the foot are quite narrow and too painful for me.


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27 thoughts on “Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes – The Complete List”

    1. They are the Crossroads Buckle Boots from the Drifter Leather! They’re currently not on their site but should be reintroduced again in February (they’re reworking the design).

  1. Just an FYI, I was checking out HerHis a bit and I saw a recent review that alleged they are reselling an AliExpress knockoff brand on Etsy. I checked it out and found the brand (Imter) on AliExpress, and that does appear to be the case – lots of basically the same shoes on both sites. Many of the Imter/HerHis designs look like they are based on the Camper Peu line. That being said, the reviews for the shoes are overall positive, so they could be an economical option for people who don’t have any issues with knockoffs. I would just probably add a disclaimer about it, just in case. 🙂

    Loving your reviews and round ups, please keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you very much for this! I kind of put the HerHis shop on the back burner of my mind because I felt like I needed to do more research to be sure they actually belonged on this list, so I really appreciate the feedback!

    1. They are Drifter Leather boots. They aren’t currently on their site because they are reworking the design and will be reintroducing them this month. I have more pics and details about them in my instagram feed!

    1. Yes! They are from an Etsy shop called Leatherhood. The etsy shops Grecian sandals and Kiona sandals all make very similar sandals and can be made zero drop if you request no heel.

  2. Anya, you have provided me with the most extensive listing of minimalist shoes! I finally found an actual shoe that’s not for running!

    Thank you so much!
    Blessings!

  3. Hi Anya!

    I love your blog. What brand is the silver pair please (left side of the photo- a ballerina flat). Thanks! Amy 🙂

  4. I have been looking for a blog like this for years! Years!!!
    Thank you thank you thank you.
    It is so hard to find barefoot shoes on the internet through all the brands claiming to be “barefoot” and not really being barefoot, as I’m sure you know.
    I was stumbling around a Christmas party in my one pair of heels last night thinking “I’m so done with this” and your blog showed up at the perfect time.

  5. Hello Anya
    Thanks for this post. I was looking into the Zaqq flats but I can’t seem to understand their sizing. I looked at their sizing chart but didn’t find my size (6 us and 36 eu). The size chart has a conversion to UK size. Do they bot make shoes in 36?

    1. Hello! At Zaqq.com (the English site) sizes are automatically shown in UK sizing,a US size 6 is UK 4. So if you use the filter on the lefthand side you can search for just size 4. They make a good amount in that size, but most of the styles start at size 37 eu.

  6. Hi Anya! This is great, I’ve been looking for my first pair of barefoot shoes. I am aiming for really a one shoe to fit all occasions, but def. also office suitable. Can you tell me what the lace up shoes in the pic are? It looks like they can be worn under a dress, but also in the (Dutch) rain. Also, any tips for a first timer choosing a pair of barefoots? Thanks and keep going, Mandy

    1. Hi! So glad you’ve found the blog. The oxford shoes in this picture are from Zuzii. They are a great every day shoe that can pass as dressy, but they are suede and so won’t do well in heavy rain. The Vivobarefoot Fulham is a great dressy shoe that does excellently in rain. A simple ballet flat that you can waterproof would also be a good option, such as the Softstar ballerines. I have reviews of the Zuzii oxfords and Fulham boots, but haven’t tried the Softstar flats yet.
      If you’re a first timer, I would try something you can return if they don’t fit right, and pay attention to how thick the soles are. Really thin soles can be a tough adjustment, so you want to consider thicker soles or possibly adding in an extra insole (such as NorthSole or Naboso insoles) for a little extra cushion. Best of luck!

  7. This is such an amazing resource! Thank you so much for complaining this list of amazing shoes. I thought switching to barefoot type shoes to save my feet would severely limit my options, but you have proven me wrong and I couldn’t be happier about it!

  8. FYI… I just checked out Crupon and they have ‘without the heel please’ as a drop down option now. Don’t even have to request it! 🙂 I’m ordering two pair, a pair of strappy sandals and the same trevi combo that you selected. Thanks for your info! Also, website is $20 less expansive than Etsy at the moment.

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I first discovered “barefoot shoes” after a long bout of foot issues. 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. I started my blog Anya’s Reviews to share what I learned with others.

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