The Best Barefoot Shoes for Kids – Everyday, Winter, Summer

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A family wearing vivobarefoot barefoot shoes, two kids and two adults.

Picking out healthy barefoot shoes for kids is always an ordeal. My boys have to like them, I have to like them, and they have to be barefoot approved. After my run-in with a chronic foot issue, I learned that the shoes we wear have a big impact on how our bodies feel. I’m keen for my boys to avoid that same foot pain, so I only choose shoes that allow their feet to develop normally. We’ve spent the last few years scouring the internet for the best barefoot and minimalist kids shoes that check all the boxes.

Below you’ll find a list of the kids barefoot shoes we all love and keep coming back to!

Why Barefoot Shoes for Kids?

“Barefoot” shoes are so-called because they let your feet move as if barefoot. Most shoes inhibit foot function with stiff soles, cramped toe-boxes, and heels that push your weight forward into an unnatural position. But in order to stay strong and mobile, our feet need to be able to move naturally inside shoes. For kids especially, there is no good reason to be stuffing their little piggies into shoes that limit their natural movement right when they are growing and developing motor skills.

*The terms barefoot and minimalist shoes are used interchangeably here.

What Makes A Healthy Shoe

A close up of 3 perspectives of a Be Lenka barefoot kids shoe in army green. One showing the anatomical wide toe box, one from the side showing the completely flat and thin sole, and the 3rd showing the shoe completely rolled up into a ball.

Good shoes for kids are shaped like feet (won’t squish their toes), completely flat (for proper alignment), and flexible enough to roll into a ball (so foot muscles stay strong and supple).

*For more about the benefits of barefoot shoes for kids AND adults, Read this post.*

How To Measure Your Child’s Feet

Now that we’ve determined what we’re looking for in a kids’ barefoot shoe, let’s learn how to measure your kid’s feet. I always measure twice before I order and check the sizing advice given by brands (usually you add 1.5cm to actual foot length and find the nearest corresponding size). If things still are unclear, I contact the company with questions before ordering. Just be sure to measure both feet and double check your measurements! Below is a video that shows the most accurate way to measure length and width, the Wall Method.

*For more information about correctly measuring your feet, Read this post.*

Now let’s get to the barefoot kids’ shoe options! Below are my top picks for kids barefoot shoes for play, winter, summer, and rain.

Everyday Play Barefoot Shoes for Kids

1. Splay Athletics

A close up of a boy wearing Splay Athletics minimalist shoes sitting on a rock

$44 | Vegan | Sizes US 8C-7Y

My oldest son can usually be found in his Splays. We love them because they are affordable, easy to get on and off, and very lightweight. You can get them in a velcro version and a lace up that goes all the way up to a US men’s 13! They have a really generous toe box shape that should work for most average to wide toes, but they do taper in at the arch a little – my youngest has what I call “puffy bricks” for feet and the velcro Explore doesn’t work for him, but the lace up Freestyle does. This is a brand we will keep coming back to as my kids get older, because of the price, mainstream look, and large size range! Read my Freestyle review for more detailed information on the Splay Shoes Brand! Use my code ANYASREVIEWS for an additional 10% off!

2. Vivobarefoot Primus

A close up of a small childs' feet putting on Vivobarefoot primus barefoot sneakers

$80 | Vegan | Sizes US 5C-6Y

Another sneaker option that we love is the Vivobarefoot Primus. These are a little more pricey, but will last through multiple seasons and multiple children. Vivobarefoot makes a variety of barefoot shoes for kids but the Primus stood out to me and to both of my boys – we’ve had 3 pairs that have gone through our family and every one was well loved and still able to be passed on. The Primus goes through some changes every year, with different colors and features available, but they’re a solid shoe every time. My son loves the bright blue and of course velcro makes everyone’s lives easier. Get 10% off any Vivobarefoot order with my code ANYAVB

3. Be Lenka Kids

A close up of a kid's feet wearing Be Lenka minimalist play shoes

$66 | Leather | Sizes EU 25-35

These Be Lenka Kids barefoot shoes are a new addition to the superb line up of Be Lenka shoes! They are wider than most other kids’ brands we’ve tried (great for wide, thick feet) and very well made and durable. My boys wear them as transitional weather shoes around late fall or early spring, as they come up higher around the ankle. They have a removable insole for high volume feet, and the velcro straps allows for easy on and off and a secure fit. They are one of our faves for serious play. We also love the Be Lenka Penguin, that is listed in the winter section!

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off Be Lenka purchases (returns are not accepted outside the EU). US/Canadian customers can find some Be Lenka Kids shoes at PedTerra and get 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWS

4. Mukishoes Kids

A close up of a pair of mukishoes barefoot shoes for kids in vegan canvas moss green color

$100 | Vegan Options | Waterproof Options | Sizes EU 24-35

Mukishoes is one of my favorite barefoot brands for adults, and we are so happy they are making barefoot kids shoes now! These shoes are vegan, lightweight, super flexible, and some of the models are WATERPROOF. Yep, you read that right. There is an inner membrane between the layers of fabric that keeps water out. Besides being excellent quality and adorable, Mukishoes also places a huge emphasis on ethics and sustainability in all their products. They leather and vegan options, all of which are amazing quality. My boys prefer the low cut models because they’re easy to take on and off, but they are a favorite in our house. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off their kids line and 10% off adults.

5. Wildling Shoes

$95 | Vegan Options | Waterproof Options | Sizes EU 18-35

Wildling Shoes is another favorite barefoot shoe brand of mine for adult shoes, but minimalist shoes for kids is their main bread and butter. They are supremely flexible and easy to wear, and always ethically made. Some models are made with a water resistant membrane, making these fabric shoes surprisingly practical for all weather. Wildling shoes all have a uniquely flexible sole that allows for full freedom of movement and plenty of ground feel. This is another brand I can always count on my kids loving!

Barefoot Summer Sandals and Water Shoes for Kids

Summer activities often call for barefoot kids shoes that go on and off easily and can get wet. Barefoot sandals for kids keep their feet free, protected from hot pavement and stinging insects, AND are practical for summer fun.

1. Vivobarefoot Ultra

A child putting on a pair of Vivobarefoot Ultra water shoes

$60 | Vegan | Sizes US 9C-4Y

The Vivobarefoot Ultra is a simple, durable, minimalist kids shoe and an all-time favorite in our house. We had one pair that lasted 3 years, both my kids wore them constantly for about a year and a half each (even insisting on wearing them during winter). I think that’s a $60 well spent! I love that they can be worn in water in summer and with socks when it’s cold outside. They have a good shape and are easy for my kids to put on, and they love the bright color. Perfect for kids who don’t like strappy sandals but need something they can get wet in. Get 10% off any Vivobarefoot order with my code ANYAVB

2. Earth Runners

$40 | Vegan | US Sizes 12C-3Y

I’ve been wearing Earth Runners myself for years now. They are very well made and durable, and also secure on all types of feet. They have very thin, flexible soles and will let your kiddo run wild without compromising their foot function. Once the straps are adjusted to the right fit they slip on and off. The strap that goes between the toes can feel rough to start, but it does loosen. If your child is complaining about it, try getting the strap wet and twisting it back and forth for a while to soften it. Use code ANYASREVIEWSER for 10% off your purchase.

3. Tikki Nido

A pair of Tikki Nido sandals sitting on a wood deck in blue leather

$35 | Leather | Sizes EU 19-32

These Nido sandals are new to us this year, but Tikki is a well-established barefoot kids shoe brand. They also make minimalist shoes for toddlers. So far I am very pleased. The price point is on point and they are everything I want in a sandal: flat, flexible, and secure to the foot. The Nido goes all the way up to a size 32, so it will fit young children as well as toddlers. They’ve got lots of different colors, some with fun designs, and the quality is really good. You can see more info and pictures about these here.

4. Unshoes Keota

a pair of Unshoes Keota sandals for kids sitting on a wood deck

$40 | Vegan | Sizes EU 21-35

These Unshoes Keotas are great little sandals for kids. They go all the way up to EU size 35, so kids of any age can wear them. The elastic back makes for easy on and off and the adjustable straps let the shoes grow with your kid. My kids aren’t real keen on strappy sandals for everyday play, but they’ve been nice to have for beach trips. Read the full review here and get 10% off with code ANYA

Warm Barefoot Winter Boots for Kids

Even when it’s freezing I want my kids in barefoot shoes, so thank goodness for warm barefoot winter boots! Here are some of our tried and true favorite barefoot boots for kids.

1. Vivobarefoot Lumi

$100 | Vegan | Waterproof

If you’re looking for a barefoot kids shoe specifically for winter, The Lumi is the only barefoot kids boot of its kind. It is completely flat, waterproof, and made for cold weather and snow. The elastic cinch and velcro strap make these secure around the ankles, and they come with a removable thermal insole. I personally think Vivo’s thermal insoles are not warm enough for the extreme cold in the upper Midwest, and I always swap them out for a sheepskin or wool insole. My oldest wore last year’s (they were called Yeti’s) with a sheepskin insole all last winter in extreme temps and did great! They held up well and kept his feet dry without smashing his toes. Get 10% off any Vivobarefoot order with my code ANYAVB

2. Zeazoo Dingo

two pairs of feet wearing Zeazoo Kids Dingo boots, barefoot sheepskin winter boots for kids and adults.

$85 | Sheepskin | Sizes EU 23-34

The Zeazoo Dingo is a sheepskin boot very similar to Uggs, but with a wide toebox and a flexible sole, making them a great minimalist shoe for kids or adults. It’s 100% lined throughout and very warm and cozy. This particular model is plenty spacious, and caters to high volume feet and ankles. My little guy has really thin feet and was sliding around a lot until we added another sheepskin insole to take up space, but once we resolved the fit for his narrow feet, these have become a favorite of his on cold days. This boot is not waterproof, but you can use Sno Seal on it with great results. See this tutorial on Instagram! I wore my adult versions all last year and they were my warmest boots by far, and now that it’s cooling off I’m reaching for them again constantly. North American customers can get them directly from Anya’s Shop in kids and adult sizes. International customers can order with code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off direct from Zeazoo Kids, or from the UK shop 100 Barefoot Soles for 10% off.

*Zeazoo also makes a sheepskin boot with velcro straps called the Yeti. This might be a better option for kids with very thin ankles. You can get 5% off your order from Zeazoo directly with code ANYASREVIEWS.

3. Softstar Phoenix

$135 | Sheepskin | Sizes US 7C-4Y

The Softstar Phoenix is a super high quality warm boot that you can customize with whatever color your child likes (can you tell we are all blue all the time?). They use the same Vibram sole as on the Zeazoo Dingo boot, which has good traction and flexibility. The foot portion is smooth leather, which is naturally water resistant. The leg shaft is suede, so needs to be waterproofed to keep moisture out (see the above photo :D). We love how easy they are to put on, and that they keep my boy’s feet really warm. He does get snow inside the boot often though, because he’s a maniac and they don’t cinch closed at the top. But they are working well for us, and we expect they will be in good enough condition to pass on to another child when he grows out of them.

Use code ANYA for 15% off your first purchase. Youth sizes can be found here.

4. Be Lenka Barefoot Winter Boots

a pair of kids barefoot winter shoes from Be Lenka, the Penguin model in bright blue, lined with fleece sitting on grass.

$95 | Waterproof | Fleece Lined | Sizes EU 25-35

The Be Lenka Penguin is a fleece lined waterproof bootie. They are easy on and off with the velcro, and very spacious in the toe box. The insole is removable, but they won’t be as warm without it (it comes with an adhesive strip you can use to secure it down). My littlest boy is loving his so much this year, they’re just like sneakers but warmer! I am a huge fan of Be Lenka because they make barefoot shoes for kids in colors they actually like. Be Lenka shoes look cool, are super durable, and they are hard wearing. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off your Be Lenka purchase, but note that returns aren’t accepted outside the EU.

The Be Lenka Panda will be replacing the Penguin for 2021, but currently both options are in stock.

$129 | Insulated | Sizes EU 25-35

The Be Lenka Snowfox is new for 2021. It is a warm snowboot insulated with natural and synthetic wool and is available in teal, black, and pink. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off your Be Lenka purchase, but note that returns aren’t accepted outside the EU.

5. Wildling Nessie

Wildling Nessie wool barefoot boots with elastic laces in the snow

$137 | Water Resistant | Wool | Sizes EU 23-35

In addition to great play shoes, Wildling Shoes also makes wonderful warm booties that are water resistant and practical for cold weather. My boys both wear the Nessie model which has a wool interior, wool upper, and integrated membrane to keep water out. They are cozy, warm, and perfect for cold weather play. At our house they often get worn to play out in the snow, but they aren’t really designed for that and they always come in with snow inside the shoes.

Read my full review of the Wildling Nessie in this post

6. Bobux

$85 | Waterproof | Fleece Lined | Sizes EU 27-33

A few years ago there were hardly any barefoot boots for kids besides Bobux. My boys survived two extremely cold winters in their adorable and super high quality minimalist boots. They are great for serious playing in serious weather. Although they are stiffer than I prefer in minimalist kids shoes, they are warm, easy on and off, and can take a real beating. Bobux also has some of the best looking minimalist dressy kids boots I’ve seen. You can read my review of the Aspen boot here.

For more winter boots options, check out my dedicated Barefoot Winter Boots for Kids post!!

Barefoot Rubber Rain Boots for Kids

Here are a few rain boot options that meet my requirement for barefoot shoes for kids!

Barefoot Shoes for Toddlers

Not all barefoot kids shoes come in all sizes. The following barefoot shoes for kids are especially for the littlest feet!

Barefoot Shoes for Big Kids (US Youth 1 and up)

Big kids have an especially hard time finding barefoot shoes. The following barefoot shoes for kids include large youth sizes.

Barefoot School Uniform Shoes

For kids in adult sizes, check out my Casual Barefoot Sneakers post for an all-black and all-white list!

Does your child wear a uniform with strict shoe requirements? Check out this list of barefoot shoes in all-black and all-white to wear with a school uniform.

All Black Shoes

  • Be Lenka PlaySizes EU 25-35. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off.
  • BobuxSizes EU 27-33. The Grass Court style is all black but the sole is speckled so might not work for strict requirements.
  • Conker ShoesSizes UK 1-5.5. Be sure to choose a barefoot sole. Each pair includes a free half size stretching service and are also resoleable and repairable.
  • FreetSizes EU 30-36. Get 15% off with my code ARV10
  • FroddoSizes 25-42. Not all styles are Barefoot so check descriptions carefully.
  • Happy Little Soles (UK Retailer) – Lots of options at this retailer that ships internationally.
  • Magical Shoes ExplorerSizes EU 27-35. Use code ANYA for 10% off.
  • Mukishoes SparkSizes EU 24-35. The sole is speckled and the laces are orange but can be changed. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off kids and 10% off adults
  • PaperKraneSizes EU 19-42. Use code ANYASREVIEWS 10% off
  • PlaeSizes US 8C-4.5Y. Nat, Emma, and Roan styles have all black options.
  • Splay Shoes ExploreSizes US 8C-7Y
  • Softstar ShoesSizes US 6C-5Y. Many styles are customizable in all black. Use code ANYA for 15% off your first shoe purchase *Must be logged into an account to use*
  • Sole RunnerSizes EU 25-35. Eris (leather) and Puck 2 (vegan)
  • TadeevoSizes EU 31-36. Vegan version here (stitching does not look black). Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off
  • VivobarefootSizes US 5C-6Y. Use code ANYAVB for 10% off
  • Wildling ShoesSizes EU 23-35. Tanuki Umi
  • Xero Shoes PrioSizes US 12-4
  • Zeazoo Sizes EU 18-36. Several all black options. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. US residents can find select styles at PedTerra and use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off your first order

All White Shoes

  • Be LenkaSizes EU 33+. Prime and Champ come in all white and start at size EU 33. Use code Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off.
  • BobuxSizes EU 27-33. The Ryder has a small black area on the heel, and the Grass Court Switch comes with white tabs and extra colored metallic tabs.
  • Mukishoes Nimbus PlaySizes EU 24-35. Tan heel and gum sole. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off kids and 10% off adults
  • Origo ShoesSizes US 8T-4Y. Use code ANYAORIGO15 for 15% + free shipping
  • PaperKrane MilitarySizes EU 12-42. White with camo sole. Use code ANYASREVIEWS 10% off. US/Canadian customers can find the Military PaperKrane at Anya’s Shop
  • Plae – The Roan style comes in all white but with a partial gum sole. Currently only available at Happy Little Soles.
  • Softstar ShoesSizes US 6C-5Y. Many styles are customizable in all white. Use code ANYA for 15% off your first shoe purchase *Must be logged into an account to use*
  • Splay FreestyleSizes US 8C-13M. Read the review here! Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off or code ANYA20 for 20% off during the preorder.
  • Ten LittleSizes US 4C-13. Read the review here
  • VivobarefootSizes US 9c-1Y. The Addis comes in white with a gum sole
  • Wildling ShoesSizes EU 23-35. Tanuki Niji San is white with a rainbow sole.

Barefoot Shoe Brand Width Comparison

A side by side comparison of 5 major barefoot shoe brands for kids showing the width: Wilding shoes, Splay Athletics, Vivobarefoot Primus, Tikki Moon, and Be Lenka play.

You can be confident that all the barefoot shoe brands for kids listed in this post meet my requirements for healthy footwear, but here is a comparison of shape and width across some of the major ones.

The above photo shoes toe box width in order from most narrow to most wide. Note that there is a difference in the shape of the toe box as well as the width of the instep (for example, Splay shoes are wide in the toe box but taper in at the midfoot, versus Vivobarefoot and Tikki which are wide the entire length of the shoe).

Barefoot Shoes for Kids is Usually Best!

There are so many good barefoot kids shoes out there today, all around the world and in all price ranges (Check this post for affordable barefoot shoes for kids!). So if you need to buy your kids shoes anyways, consider the lifelong benefit they’ll get from wearing natural footwear instead of the strait jackets you usually find at the store. Barefoot shoes for kids is usually the best option!

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48 thoughts on “The Best Barefoot Shoes for Kids – Everyday, Winter, Summer”

    1. Hello there! I actually have a review of the Bobux Aspen, one of my only kid reviews. It is a medium width, wide enough for my kids but not extra wide.

    2. Plae are our favorite, hands down!! Most days I look down & see my kids are ALL wearing a pair of some variety of plae shoes.

  1. Hi, Anya,
    The Young Sole Shoes discount didn’t work for me – either that or it didn’t work because I had to order women’s shoes for my big kid.

    1. OH!! And for rain boots, Cat & Jack (target brand) works suprisingly well!! They are flexible, zero drop heel, with a good sized toe bed. And pretty easy to find!

    1. Thanks for reminding me about Plae! I actually just updated the list to include them. I think I didn’t think of them initially because they have a more tapered toe box than I prefer, and some of their models are quite stiff. But they are zero drop and flexible.

    1. It’s hard to say! My kids have quite shallow feet and thin ankles, and they were able to tighten the velcro enough. They also got a size that I expected them to grow into.

      1. I tried out the Kiuu boots for my kiddos (4 & 7) this winter, but they didn’t survive the winter season for us (Michigan). At first they were awesome, they have a really thin, flexible sole. They were a bit narrow, which I knew to expect, but I ordered them a little big and my kids really loved how easy they were to slip on and how light they were. The pink pair were never waterproof and my kid loves all puddles, so we were constantly trying to dry them out, but they have a stink that is not going away. The stitching and fabric is breaking on the sides of the boot where her ball of her foot flexes. The grey boots were waterproof, but the material on the edges of the boot have disintegrated so now they’re not, and the stitching fully broke away from the sole of the boot on one side . . . My kids play outside everyday for between 1-3 hours, on average, in temps between 10-30F, but considering how expensive those boots were I’m disappointed they didn’t hold up better.

        1. Thanks so much for this feedback! Not what I expected, but I am glad to have a firsthand account. The search for a kids barefoot snow boot continues…

  2. Our oldest child has feet too thick in the middle to make Splays work – they work great for our youngest though! Recommendations on good everyday alternatives for kids with larger mid-feet?

      1. Hello Anya. I have a lil guy with thick feet + he’s always worn vivo barefoot with success but they are sold out of just about everything so I took a chance + bought the wildlings. Which I ADORE except for the fact that they are actually VERY narrow. He tried them on + said they need to be wider. Wondering if Be Lenka + Muki shoes are wider in the middle before I run into the same problem.

        1. Oh darn about the Wildling’s! Yes, Mukishoes and Be Lenka are both wider in the midfoot. Be Lenka is the widest in both the toe box and the midfoot and my recommendation for thick feet. Mukishoes taper in at the midfoot a little but, but they’re still wider than Wildling.

    1. I would say that Mukishoes has the most groundfeel after Wildling, along with the sandals from Tikki (but not the sneakers, those are great, but the sole is a little stiffer). Wildling is unique for having an extremely flexible sole, there really isn’t anything else like it.

  3. I ordered Ten Little shoes and found them to be very stiff. We ended up with Splay instead. A much more barefoot feel.

    1. Splay is a great brand. I have heard mixed things about Ten Little, it seems that sometimes they are flexible and other times not (I have a guest review on this blog of them and you can see in the photos that they are pretty flexible, but I’ve seen others where they hardly bend). I have a pair on their way to me and am still trying to solve that mystery.

    1. Yes, those are zero drop! They really should label them, but Bundgaard has several zero drop options with a wide toe box and flexible sole. We are getting some Bundgaard rain boots in to Anya’s shop this spring and hopefully will be able to expand the style offerings over time.

  4. I love your blog and am so grateful for all the knowledge you share! We are just getting started on our barefoot shoe journey! I’m curious if you know any places that sell a nice church/dress shoe for girls? We have looked at Softstar for their Mary Janes but it’s just a steep price and I would love to look at other options before I take the plunge. Thank you!

    1. Hey! You should check out the Barefoot Shoe Finder! If you click women’s/girls’ dress and then the size you are looking for you can then filter from there for the cheaper options (or just visually scan, since there’s a little icon that shows how expensive they are). I am not super familiar with girls’ dress shoes myself, so all the ones I would rattle off would be from the Barefoot Shoe Finder.

  5. Hey there! I have been searching (for what feels like endlessly) for girls “church” shoes. I’d be happy with a simple nicer sandal but I’m having a hard time swallowing the prices. Any shops you could recommend for some more fancy children’s shoes? Mainly child sizes and not toddlers. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Have you seen Little Love Bug? They’re pretty fancy and cheap. I don’t know off the top of my head how large they go. But I would check out the Barefoot Shoe Finder to see what else there is, you can specify the size you need, girl’s dress shoes, and cheapest options.

  6. Vivobarefoot (the company) seems like some pseudo-activist nonsense, honestly. Maybe the shoes are comfy, but they really don’t have to pretend they are saving the planet with an injection-molded EVA shoe made in China.

    1. Haha, they do hit you over the head with it don’t they? I think some of their initiatives are genuinely good and I’d still purchase from them over Amazon any day, but I also feel like I have a hard time knowing what is actually sustainable and what’s just rhetoric…

  7. Hey Anya and team, two questions:

    Suggestion for a first shoe for a confidently walking toddler? We used pediped grip n go for my oldest but the more I’ve learned from your blog, I want something more flexible and with more space in the toe box (although we still have them so I could potentially reuse them) for my second. I was considering the Starry Knight Mocs with the rubber sole but not sure if it has sufficient toe room?

    Also, my preschooler has wide toe box but lower volume and narrow at the ankle, so we did use Vivobarefoot primus, but they took forever to fit in the ankle and weren’t super spacious in the toe box, but the sole flexibility was great. Alternative that is more snug around ankle but a little roomier around toes? Preferably leather or a natural material for both. Thank you so much!!!

  8. Hi Anya,
    I was so delighted to find your site. We’ve been buying barefoot shoes for our eldest for many years now. He’s currently 8 but we always find it a bit hit and miss as he has a high arch so most brands we’ve tried don’t have the volume. We’ve tried Vivos (definite no go in recent years although their Velcro ones used to be ok), PaperKrane (beautiful shoes but Velcro has to be on loosest setting), Xeros (comfortable when loosened but don’t wear well) and Splays (current pairs that generally fit ok). He’s also been complaining recently that his Splays aren’t so comfortable for running and trail walking.
    I would love to find some high volume shoes that he can use for running and some for some slightly rough trail walking. Do you have any suggestions? We’re in Australia.

    Many thanks.

  9. Hi Anya,

    I’m so glad to have found your site as I am looking for all-white barefoot shoes for my 7-year old boy who starts formal school next year.

    I’ve went through all the all-white shoe brands you’ve listed above, and I think the only one that is really all-white (without any other colour) would be Splay Freestyle. However, they are in laces, rather than velco straps.

    I did find this shoe from Decathlon and am wondering if you could advise on whether it may qualify as a barefoot shoe? It states that it’s “zero drop”….

    1. Hmm, a totally white shoe with velcro is a tough one. Did you see the Origo ones on this list? The Decathlon shoes you linked to here are not minimalist, so don’t meet the criteria of the other shoes I list out here. One option is to use white elastic laces on something like the Freestyle so they can still be pulled on and off.

      1. Yes, the Origo ones have a coloured tab at the back unfortunately. The Freestyle seems to be my best bet now, and I love the hack of the white elastic laces, thanks!

        Could you comment a bit more on why you would not consider the Decathlon shoes minimalist?

        1. The Decathlon shoes you sent me seem to have a thick sole with a heel lift (so aren’t zero drop) and the toe box follows a traditional tapered shape. Decathlon sells one minimalist sandal that I’m aware of, but from what I can see from the listing that kids model is just your typical sneaker. One other tip my assistant thought of is to use leather or shoe paint on the back heel tab of the Origo!

        2. The Decathlon shoes you sent me seem to have a thick sole with a heel lift (so aren’t zero drop) and the toe box follows a traditional tapered shape. Decathlon sells one minimalist sandal that I’m aware of, but from what I can see from the listing that kids model is just your typical sneaker.

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