The Best Casual Barefoot Sneakers That Look Cool

A row of casual barefoot sneakers sitting on concrete with a barefoot in the middle. Shown are the Vivobarefoot Geo Courts, the Mukishoes plum sneaker, the Feelgrounds Droptop, the Groundies Urban Barefootwear Sydney, the Be Lenka Prime, and the Bohempia Kolda

From Left to Right: Vivobarefoot Geo Court, Mukishoes Plum, Feelgrounds Droptop, Groundies Sydney, Be Lenka Prime, Bohempia Kolda

For me, the casual barefoot sneaker is a very specific category, distinct from barefoot athletic sneakers. Casual barefoot sneakers have to carefully straddle the line between sporty and streamlined, so you can wear them with all your casual outfits and not just exercise clothes. If it’s done right, they are some of the most practical shoes around.

I’ve been on the prowl for a barefoot approved casual sneaker in the vein of Ked’s, Sperry, or Van’s for a LONG time. Up until 2019 there just weren’t that many wide, flat, and flexible options. But brands have really stepped up (and popped up! Several of these brands didn’t exist before last year) so we all can pretty much have our pick.

The following guide covers all your barefoot casual sneaker needs, for both men and women. Read on for my Top Barefoot Sneaker Picks, A Full List of Casual Barefoot Sneakers, and Lists of White, Black, Hightop, and Slip-On Sneakers.

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For reference, I normally wear a Women’s US 6.5/7 or EU 37 in sneakers and do not wear socks with my shoes. If you do wear socks, try ones you can’t see, like these.

My Casual Barefoot Sneaker Picks

1. Vivobarefoot Geo Court

Vivobarefoot Geo Court casual barefoot sneakers review shown in black and white sitting on a wood deck.

My current favorite sneaker is the Vivobarefoot Geo Court (reviewed in detail here). I could wear these every day and I love them to pieces. Vivobarefoot shoes last forever, but they don’t breath really well and make your feet sweat. Otherwise, these are perfect. Leather, $150, men’s and women’s sizing (a vegan option is also available!) ANYA10 gets you 10% off

2. Mukishoes

A pair of Mukishoes vegan casual barefoot sneakers in Plum color sitting on concrete

Mukishoes are simple, every day sneakers with a casual vibe. They always have a few neutral colors mixed in with some bright options that change seasonally. This year the mustard yellow Sol and deep burgundy Plum stole my heart and they’ve quickly become a favorite. Extremely flexible, lightweight, and so fun, Muki is a brand I expect to be coming back to. Read my full review of the Mukishoes Sol here. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 10% off any purchase.

3. Feelgrounds

3 left shoes sitting side by side: All Feelgrounds casual barefoot shoe brand: The vegan Original sneaker in black mesh, the Highrise in grey knit Cloud, the Droptop in black mesh.

Feelgrounds are reminiscent of skater shoes and edgier than the other options. They are so lightweight and flexible you forget you’re wearing them, but look very mainstream. They also have some good color combinations you don’t see often, like blush/white sole and black/white sole. Here you can read all my Feelgrounds reviews. Vegan, $120, Unisex sizing.

4. Be Lenka

Close up view of the Belenka Barefoot prime white casual barefoot sneaker on one foot and Belenka Eazy slip on in Sand on the other foot

Be Lenka makes the widest barefoot shoes that still have a mainstream look to them. The Prime and Eazy are two new favorites for me this year because they are so classic and still super wide. The Prime is a leather sneaker with a higher volume fit (I use an insole) and the Eazy is a vegan slip on with a low volume fit. If I am barefoot, I can wear both a 36 and a 37. If I wear socks I need the 37. International customers can order from Be Lenka with code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. US customers can order from Anya’s Shop and get 10% off by subscribing to emails!

Read my review of the Prime and Eazy here

5. Groundies Universe

Groundies Urban Barefootwear makes some of the absolute best looking barefoot shoes. The Universe is one of my faves with it’s on-pointe style, but the sole is still thin (the height is an illusion). I wear them just like I would an Adidas sneaker, and the styling possibilities are endless. I wear my typical barefoot sneaker size (an EU 37, or US 6.5) in them and have some room to spread out. Groundies is a German brand, and they offer free global shipping (but be warned, it can take weeks to arrive). *Currently available on Amazon! Find the Men’s Version here.

Read my Instagram review of the Groundies Universe for more deets!

5. Zaqq

top down view of feet wearing Zaqq Piquant barefoot casual sneakers in grey on wood floor

The Zaqq Piquant is another super-durable but kind-of-sweaty sneaker. They are one of the few options made in lots of different colors, so that will tickle your fancy if you’re a colorful person (I, obviously, am not). Zaqq really nailed that classic, streamlined look with this sneaker and they are super versatile. Leather, $165, men’s and women’s sizing (vegan options on the website).

Read My Full Brand Review of Zaqq Barefoot Shoes in this post for more pics/deets on these sneakers.

6. Bohempia

A top down view of a pair of feet wear Bohempia barefoot vegan casual sneakers, model Kolda in grey hemp.

Very similar to a classic Ked’s, these Bohempia sneakers are one of my favorites for looks. The aesthetic is simple, low profile, and matches everything. One of the cool things about Bohempia (besides the fact that the shoes are sustainably made from organic hemp) is that their barefoot shoes have an extra wide version! I got a size 36 regular, and they are a good width and length for me, the wide version is SUPER wide. They are high volume, so I had to put in an insole to keep my foot from sliding around. The sole feels about 5mm thick with average groundfeel. More deets here. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 10% off.

The Full Barefoot Casual Sneaker List

  • Ahinsa – Vegan. Use code A10_ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off
  • Be Lenka – Ace and Prime are their two sneaker styles. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 5% off. US/Canadian customers can order from Anya’s Shop and get 10% off by subscribing to emails!
  • Bearfoot Athletics – These are shown in men’s sizing and don’t go small enough to fit me, but look like a good sneaker option. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off
  • Birchbury – These come with a non-barefoot insole you’ll want to remove, and are a little tapered. See this Instagram post for my review.
  • Feelgrounds
  • Freet Barefoot – Use code ANYARV for 15% off.
  • Groundies – They’ve got everything, even metallic options!
  • Leguano Shoes – Leguano has a line of sneakers that are pretty sleek looking, but fall on the athletic side.
  • Mukishoes – Vegan and sustainably made. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 10% off.
  • Peerko – Some styles available at PedTerra for US customers.
  • Sole Runner
  • Som Footwear – (vegan) I’ve heard these are good shoes with a medium width, but the soles are on the thicker side.
  • Splay Shoes – EU 39 is the largest size they produce. ANYASREVIEWS gets you 10% of
  • VivobarefootANYA10 for 10% off
  • Wildling – vegan options
  • Xero Shoes
  • Zaqq – SO many great casual sneakers

The All-White Barefoot Sneaker List

The All-Black Barefoot Sneaker List

The Barefoot Hightop Sneaker List

The Barefoot Slip-on Sneaker List

Casual Barefoot Sneaker Width Comparison

Curious which of the best casual barefoot sneakers will fit your foot type? Here is a visual comparison with external measurements (not to be used to determine your size) to show how their widths stack up.

Want to learn more about foot type and how to measure your feet? Read this post.

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16 thoughts on “The Best Casual Barefoot Sneakers That Look Cool”

  1. Thank you for this info! I have the feelgrounds, and I love the style, but the sole is a little too thin for me for hours of walking. I love the sole of my Xero Prios, but not the style so much. Do any of the style you reviewed have a more cushioned sole like the Prios?

    1. The Bohempia sneakers have a little thicker insole (I think it’s 7mm thick). Otherwise you could try adding a NorthSole insole. Those have worked really well for me.

  2. We just got Splay shoes for our kids. They’re much cuter in person than I expected, so I’m considering trying a pair. Could you share the width measurement of your 4y?

    1. I can try, but it’s hard to get internal width measurements when there is no insole. You’d get better info if you contacted Splay directly for the internal measurements.

  3. Not sure if they did at the time of this post, but Xero Prio has an all black sneaker. Great info, I love my Prios and LEMS Mariners! Shopping online is daunting, where I live none of these are in store, info on sizing and fit is helpful. Thank you.

  4. Wow thanks for the great reviews it really helps. I have a question. Out of those options which had the absolute widest toe box?

    And for convenience which of the above models offer free/low cost international shipping and returns?

    I know Zaqq is decent with their shipping/returns but Vivo doesn’t cover any returns. Which can create a pretty expensive gamble if a person doesn’t know exactly how it will fit.

    Thanks again!

    1. Where are you located? Vivobarefoot does free returns for the US, UK, and a few other countries. Wildling also does free returns. I believe Belenka is going to have the widest toe box of any on this list, but they don’t accept returns outside the EU right now (should be remedied soon though). So if you’re in the EU I’d recommend Belenka!

  5. How do Groundies fit size wise? I believe I am a 12.5 mens in the Lems Boulder boot leather as the 12 was a little small. I tried some size 12 in Vivo Primus FG trail and they were super tight. I typically wear 11.5-12 shoes but have foot issues with one foot being .5 size smaller and a joint issue. I have more of a Greek/Roman foot shape. Any info? Ordering overseas is a bit of a hassle if they are too small or big. I measured my feet. Left 27.5 cm and right 28.6 cm long. Thanks!

    1. Groundies seems true to size to me, I am wearing the same size in Groundies as I do in Vivobarefoot but the Groundies are slightly wider. I haven’t tried the Primus FG Trail, but in general the Primus runs small. Looking at Groundies’ size chart you would be a 12.5 or a 46, as long as you measured correctly. That gives you 1.5 cm in front of your toes on your longer foot and should leave you with enough space. If you went with a size 12, it would be less than 1cm in front of your longest foot. That might be preferable if you don’t want a ton of extra space in front of your shorter foot, but it’d be cutting it close for your long one. You might check Amazon in case they carry the Groundies style you are looking at!

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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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