Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands For Hard to Fit 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 a custom barefoot shoe if you have:

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

My first custom barefoot shoe order was for a pair of riding boots to fit my small calves (and they ended up being my first ever barefoot shoe review 3 years ago!). 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!

Once you’ve decided what style of shoe you want, the next step is to get to know 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 are tips for doing it 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.

And now, on to the custom barefoot shoe brands!

Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands

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!

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

Deliberate Life Designs sandals without a toe post

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.

barefoot minimalist vegan ballet flats

Dextra Perspective $ – (USA) Vegan fabric flats for adults & kids, mainly feminine styles. Leather outsole option for grounding. These are vegan, affordable, dress shoes! I didn’t have much luck with the ballet flat styles (they slipped off my heel), so am going to try one with an ankle strap next. But overall, the process was simple and Mandy was great to work with.

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. You can read about my experience ordering in my ballet flats post.

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 outsole option 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.

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.

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 her. But her shoes all high quality and handmade with tons of style and color options. You can read my experience with Zlatica’s flats in this ballet flats article.

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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3 thoughts on “Custom Barefoot Shoe Brands For Hard to Fit 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:

      And this e-shop sells tutorials for how to make your own:

      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!

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