DaVinci’s New EXTRA WIDE Handcrafted Barefoot Boots

DaVinci Talmadge Boot

DaVinci Footwear is a brand of barefoot shoes with an old world feel. Made in the classic way to be re-solable and extremely long lasting, there are few barefoot shoe brands that approach this rustic aesthetic.

But DaVinci is going through a change! When they first launched in 2019 they were made with a much narrower toe box than most barefoot shoe buyers prefer. Hearing the voice of the community, DaVinci has kept all the great features of their original shoes, but increased the toe box width considerably. These new boots will be available for presale starting Saturday January 9th! Read on for everything you need to know about the new DaVinci Barefoot Boot line!

The DaVinci Brand

First things first, check out my Original DaVinci Review for an introduction to the brand and their flagship styles. The code ANYASREVIEWS will get you 20% off any purchase, including their new line! This is a permanent code, so you can tuck it away and pull it out whenever you’re ready to use it.

For my full list of coupon codes just for Anya’s Reviews readers, check out this post!

The Differences

Old toe box in unwaxed brown (left), new toe box in waxed brown (right).

There will be 4 main differences between the new DaVinci boots and the old ones. Those are toe box shape, outsole material, sizing, and color options. The new boots will also be made of a higher quality leather. The styles of the boots remain the same.

Toe Box

The biggest difference will be the toe box, which is considerably wider than the original. The shape of the midfoot and heel is the same, the volume of the shoe is the same.

New toe box (left), Old toe box (right).

Outsole

The new outsoles will be entirely of rubber with no split in the center. They are grippy with some traction, but I do not recommend them as a snow shoe for icy conditions.

Sizing

See the bottom of the post for the updated size chart which you should use to determine your correct size (the 2021 size charts are also up on their website). See this post for help on understanding size charts and how to measure.

Based on the size chart I would say the new boots run long, but not as long as the old boots. Both my husband and I got a smaller size than we normally would in the old boots (a size 6 for me). But in the new boots I tested out a size 7. They are rather long on me and I am able to wear thick socks and an extra insole. Based on the fit of the size 7 and the size chart below, a 6.5 would be a comfortable size for me and still leave space for medium weight socks. A 6.5 is in my normal range, but it’s not uncommon for me to wear a 7 in boots, or even a 7.5 for thick socks. So compared to other size 7 boots I own, these seem to be longer. Be safe and make sure you use the size chart.

Color Options

All 3 styles will still be available for men & women, but there will no longer be burgundy. All boots will come in the following leather colors: waxed brown, waxed black, unwaxed brown, unwaxed black. Read my original review for more info on the differences between waxed and unwaxed leather.

Leather Quality

The new boots will be made with a higher quality leather that should be softer and less crease-y.

Cost & Ordering

DaVinci is a US brand and offers $10 shipping within the US. They ship internationally, and the cost is calculated based on the location. Returns are possible, but buyer pays return shipping (use Paypal, remember?)

During the first week of the presale the new line will cost the same as the old ($230-$250). But after the first week the prices will go up slightly to reflect actual manufacturing costs. These boots cost more to make than the old ones. Again, refer to my original review for my thoughts on the pricing and quality of these shoes. Note that there are no pictures to go with the listings of the new wide boots. On their website, click the Shop tab and scroll down past the original models to see the new listings.

The shoes should be in stock and shipping out by the end of January, but because of the strain Covid is placing on manufacturing it could be as late as February. Styles will continue to be restocked throughout the year, so if something does sell out it will be replenished at some point.

New Styles?

There won’t be any new styles released during this presale, but we can expect a low top model and vegan options from DaVinci later this year.

What about the old styles?

At this time, DaVinci does not plan to restock their older models. If there appears to be big demand, they will consider it, but right now the plan is to phase them out. They will remain on the website as long as they are in stock.

Comparisons to other major barefoot shoe brands

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Mukishoes, Xero Shoes, Groundies, Vivobarefoot, Wildling, Feelgrounds, DaVinci, Lems, Be Lenka, Ahinsa, Shapen Ivy, Softstar Primal

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Mukishoes, Xero Shoes, Groundies, Vivobarefoot, Wildling, Feelgrounds, DaVinci, Lems, Be Lenka, Ahinsa, Shapen Ivy, Softstar Primal

I have tested and reviewed 100’s of barefoot shoes and understand how they stack up. The above photo is a handful of common barefoot shoe brands put in order of toe box width, from narrowest (top left) to widest (bottom right). DaVinci’s updated toe box shape puts them in the category of a “barefoot shoe brand for extra wide feet.” Their old model would have been in last place, but now they are going from narrower than average to wider than average. That means they are wider than brands like Vivobarefoot, Wildling, Mukishoes, Xero shoes, and Groundies.

For more context on how other barefoot shoe brands compare to each other, read this post.

Fit Type

DaVinci lace up boots fit a medium to high volume foot. The chelsea style is medium to high volume over the arch and ankle, but shallow over the toes. I have low volume feet and am able to make all DaVinci styles work for me by using the tips I talk about here.

The leather, especially the waxed leather, requires breaking in and the shoes soften significantly with wear, but I have found all the DaVinci styles I’ve tried to rub my heel. I have a bone spur, so I use heel cushions in many of my shoes, and if you also have sensitive heels I would plan on it too.

The DaVinci Talmadge next to the Vivobarefoot Fulham, a popular barefoot chelsea boot. The DaVinci boot is wider and less tapered on the pinkie toe side.

Size Chart

Huge thanks to DaVinci Footwear for making their shoes work for the people! And special thanks to Scott from DaVinci for taking the time answer all these questions from the community. Happy shopping!

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7 thoughts on “DaVinci’s New EXTRA WIDE Handcrafted Barefoot Boots”

  1. Anya, what exact size did you get in the new boot? Did you get the same size as the Fulham boot? Thanks. I’ve been looking at these for such a loooong time.

    1. After looking at the DaVinci size chart I just got this evening and realizing some things I went back and updated the section on sizing, so you might want to take another look at that. It appears they are running a little long, longer than Vivobarefoot. My Fulhams are a size US 7, the DaVinci’s in these photos are a US 7, and the DaVinci are almost a cm longer. I would be most comfortable in a size 6.5 in the DaVinci’s if I was wearing regular weight socks, but the 7s work with thick socks.

  2. Too bad these don’t work for snow or ice..I can’t afford to buy a pair of boots just for the fall. I wish these had a better sole. I think I’ll hold out and see if Vivo will make their Fulham in brown again. I lobe my black ones. Would you say the tread/ grip on these are slicker than vivo Fulham? I find the Fulham quite good in snow and ice. Also, how do people get the right size when having to account for socks? I’m concerned about paying $330 for a boot, waiting weelmiver a month and then have to pay for return shipping if it’s not the right size. When I bout the Vivos I bought two different sizes and sent back the wrong size…but these are more expensive. I’m a size 40 in the Vivo Fulham so I have lot she of room for medium thick socks. Any idea what size I would get in these? Also, I feel ok with the size 40 ( US 9) in the Vivo because the toe box isn’t super wide. I’m co corned if I get these in a size large enough to fit socks in they will be enormous. Thanks for the review tough. Since Vivo doesn’t offer the Fulham in the brown this year I have been looking for a brown Chelsea boot. I like the overall look but just not sure.

    1. Compared to the Fulham, the outsole on the Da Vinci’s is a little bit slippier but not by much. I wouldn’t consider the Fulham a good snow boot actually, but at least the outsole is grippy. I recommend measuring your foot with the socks you plan to wear on, that can help you find the right size. In the Fulhams I wear a size 37/US 7 and they are narrower and slightly shorter than the DaVinci. So you should be ok in a half size down, or an 8.5. I would of course double check by measuring your foot and comparing it to the size chart just to be sure. Also, I shared a link in this post to a Paypal return shipping reimbursement program! It does take more work than just being issued a free return label, but it helps.

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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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