The Best Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands For Difficult Feet

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custom Barefoot Shoe brands cover text over an image containing shoes from Deliberate Life Designs, Drifter leather, Ela Faustus, and Gaucho Ninja

A custom barefoot shoe is a beautiful thing. If you’re having trouble finding that perfect barefoot shoe for whatever reason, custom-made might be the answer! Read this article for a list of custom barefoot shoe brands plus tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Who Should Get Custom Barefoot Shoes

There are a great many barefoot shoe brands already out there, with tons of options for all different occasions. But there are some good reasons to consider a custom barefoot shoe.

You might want to go custom if you have:

  • A Special Occasion/Dress Code
  • An Uncommon Foot Shape/Width
  • Two Different Sized Feet
  • Extra Large Feet
  • Extra Small Feet
  • That Perfect Shoe In Mind That You Can’t Find Elsewhere!!

My first custom barefoot shoe order was a pair of riding boots to fit my small calves (and they ended up being my first ever barefoot shoe review in 2018!). They were a time and money investment, but they fit perfectly and I have gotten tons of use out of them, i.e. they were worth it!

What Are The Risks

While I think custom barefoot shoes don’t need to feel intimidating, it’s important to understand that it’s not the same as ordering a pair of ready made shoes.

When ordering custom you are paying primarily for a shoemakers’ time and that can’t be returned if the shoes don’t work out, so most don’t accept returns for a refund. While makers will often try to work with you on a solution, it’s always possible that you are not happy with the outcome.

And also, slight imperfections and variations between shoes are inevitable because these shoes are not made with prefabricated tools. Some people will want to stick with machine made shoes for this reason alone.

If you know what you’re getting into, custom can be a beautiful thing! Once you’re ready, the next step is to measure your feet.

How To Measure Your Feet For A Custom Order

how to measure kid's barefoot shoes

In order to get what you’re looking for in a custom barefoot shoe, you need to provide the shoemaker with accurate measurements of your feet. The instructions will vary depending on the shoemaker, so always defer to their requests. But in the article below you’ll find tips for measuring as accurately as possible.

Additional Tips For Ordering Custom Barefoot Shoes

Custom Takes Time: One important thing to keep in mind is that custom shoes will take much longer to get to you than ready made ones. If you need something for a specific time frame, plan ahead or ask the shoemakers directly if they can accommodate your needs.

Only You Know What You Want: It’s also really important to remember that these shoemakers can’t read your mind. It might take some back and forth, but it’s worthwhile to communicate the exact fit you’re looking for. It helps to send photos and examples of shoes you like (or don’t like) so they have something to go off of. Always better to err on the side of too much information than too little – that way they can tell you if what you envision is even possible for them.

And now, on to the custom barefoot shoe brands!

Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands

Here is a list of the custom barefoot shoemakers around the world that I have personally worked with.

But for a full list of custom barefoot shoe brands for kids and adults, in all categories (dress shoes, boots, sandals, sneakers, etc) check out the Barefoot Shoe Finder below! This link takes you directly to the custom options, but you can also use the Barefoot Shoe Finder to find all kinds of different categories of barefoot shoes. So if there’s something else specific you’re looking for give it a look through!

On to the brands I’ve loved working with in the past!


A top down view of a pair of feet standing on concrete wearing Deliberate Life Designs custom barefoot sandals in green

Deliberate Life Designs – (USA) Vegan Sport Sandals for kids and adults. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off. I have two pairs of sandals from DLD and they’re both comfortably and durable, and I love that they’re made from climbing slings that would have gone to the landfill. These are great as everyday, hiking, running, and water sandals.


Earthing Moccasins Runners moccasins custom handmade leather shoes

Earthing Moccasins – (Europe) Leather moccasins, sandals, and boots for all ages. This shop uses your foot tracing and measurements to create custom leather footwear. They do make them to fit snug with the expectation that they will stretch, so don’t be alarmed if they feel tight when brand new.

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off


Elafaustus Botky Mechovky custom leather sandals

Ela Faustus – (Europe) Leather flats and sandals for adults, feminine styles. I love this shop for unique and rustic looking shoes, the details are to die for and the shoes are long-lasting. My flats felt a little rough at first, but broke in well.


A side view of a pair of feet wearing FaeMoon Wolf custom moccasins leather barefoot shoes for grounding

FaeMoon Wolf Designs (USA) – Leather moccasins for all ages made from a soft deer hide upper, a durable buffalo hide sole, and a tie to secure them to my feet are all that’s needed to make a comfortable, functional shoe.

Read my FaeMoon Wolf Review here


Stock image of a pair of Fyous Custom made trainer sneakers in all black

Fyous (UK) – 3D Printed Gym Shoes made from a foot scan you take on your phone. These are the only custom training shoe option right now, and are especially excellent for people who might need custom orthotics.


A close up front view of a pair of bespoke custom barefoot leather boots by Gaucho Ninja

Gaucho Ninja Leather – (UK) Leather boots, shoes, and sandals for adults. You can also order custom heavy duty hiking and work boots. These boots are so well made, but really expensive. If you invest, they should last forever and can be resoled as needed. Read my review of two Gaucho Ninja boots here. Leather outsoles are available for grounding.


Gea Soles Yrsa flat review close up

Gea Soles – (Europe) Leather boots, shoes, flats, and sandals for adults. I adore my custom Gea Soles shoes. Esther tends to make shoes on the bigger side, which means plenty of toe space! But if you have low volume feet I would make sure to discuss it with her. Read my review of Esther’s work here. Leather outsole option for grounding.


Top down view of a woman's feet in unique lace up ballet flats in a metallic floral print and black elastic laces. The toe box is an extra wide anatomical shape

Jenon Leather – (Europe) Leather styles for adults. Jenon Leather has a lot of unique styles that can be customized as needed. Dress shoes for men and women, boots, sandals, and sneakers in a huge variety of leather options. Read our Jenon Leather review here for more details!


Paisley Running Sandals custom shaped from a foot tracing

Paisley Running Sandals – (USA) Vegan & Leather Sport & Lifestyle sandals for adults. These sandals are thoughtfully made by Matt, who makes sure you get exactly what you’re looking for in a sandal. The soles are thicker than most barefoot shoes I am used to, but they are meant to least forever and if they don’t then you can get them fixed up so they never end up in the landfill. You read more on my experience with Paisley Running Sandals here.

*Note this shop is operated by a teacher and only open in the summer*


A close up of a pair of feet wearing brown Peracles Footwear barefoot sandals, one of the best minimalist sandals available, custom made from kangaroo leather

Peracles Footwear – (AU) Leather Sandals & Shoes. I have a pair of sandals and boots from Peracles and both are wonderfully comfortable and high quality. I had a great experience with Peracles. Read my Peracles Sandals review here.


the drifter leather black chelsea boots

The Drifter Leather – (Europe) Virtually every shoe style! The Drifter Leather is one of my personal favorites, they have an extensive selection of gorgeous shoes that you can’t find elsewhere. But it’s difficult to get a spot, so be sure to read my ordering guide for all the details.


Ursanina – (Europe) Fabric Ballet Flats. These cute and simple flats can be custom made to your measurements and are still an affordable price. They are accustomed to a more tapered shoe shape, so make sure to specify that you want your flats to match your foot tracing and leave space for your toes. They have some super fun colors + prints!


zlatush barefoot ballet flats cognac t-strap close up

ZlaTush – (Europe) I have two pairs of ZlaTush flats that were in a preset size, so I’ve actually never gone through the custom process with this shoemaker. But the flats are soft, wide, and well made, with tons of style and color options.


I love that I can get almost any style or color I want in a barefoot shoe if I’m willing to go custom. It might take extra time and money, but it’s worth it if it means having healthy, happy feet no matter where you go or what you’re doing!

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6 thoughts on “The Best Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands For Difficult Feet”

  1. Alejandro Ortega

    Hi Anya! I’ve been following your work for a while. I’m 22 and I’m from California and during the pandemic I developed neuropathy…from 20 to 21 I really struggled and during that time the articles on your website helped me transition to barefoot shoes. Now I’m in a better place in terms of my health and now I am able to stand for long hours and now I actually have the physical capability to have a job. I work as a cashier…I don’t want to do that for the rest of my life…I’d like to design and make my own shoes and sandals but I have no idea where to start. I don’t want to go the art school route and take classes at a university to design shoes on a computer….I’d like to have a more hands-on and DIY experience and education. I have a DIY spirit and it’d be great if there was some barefoot shoe making apprentice program or something like that…there are many more visible opportunities for apprentice education programs in a country like Germany… not so much of those here in the US sadly. By any chance do you know of any programs like this or any resources for me to start to experiment and make my own shoes and sandals? I thought I’d ask you since you seem to be very connected with this space and the barefoot shoe community. I’m very inspired by these custom barefoot shoe brands. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Alejandro, thanks for sharing this with me. I’m happy you’ve made some progress in your health and body, good job. As far as education on shoe making, I can point you to a few places. This following two Facebook groups are all about making your own minimalist shoes:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/minimalshoes
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/2449600625261023

      And this e-shop sells tutorials for how to make your own:
      https://earthingmoccasins.com

      I don’t know of any in-person courses here in the states. The only ones I’ve ever seen were at Softstar Shoes in Oregon, but it seems they only do those occasionally. Hope that helps get you started!

  2. Kathleen farina

    I just bought my first pair of barefoot shoes or sandals. I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet, but my problem is I have neuropathy but it’s pretty bad and the one left leg is weak and I need support for my feet and ankles. What is your suggestion on what type of sandals and shoes I should get Thank you

    1. With significant neuropathy I would consult with your physician. You can get custom shoes that can accommodate orthotics if that’s what you need, but it might not be a great idea to go cold turkey into barefoot shoes.

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