Fashion, But Make It Barefoot – April 2022

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A photo collage of a woman wearing 3 different outfits and 3 different pairs of barefoot shoes, High Feels sandals, Vivobarefoot Geo Racers, and Carets Victoria Wingtip

It’s that time again! Here is my April roundup of 3 shoe styles you can replace with a healthier alternative. This month we have a wingtip brogue that looks very much like a traditional luxury dress shoe, the perfect sexy high heels replacement, and an athletic sneaker you’ll feel grounded in. Let’s take a look!

Click here to see all the previous Fashion, But Make it Barefoot posts.

Stylish Barefoot Alternatives to Popular Shoe Trends

1. Carets Shoes

Side by side collage of two different women wearing the same outfit and similar shoes. The woman on the right is wearing zero drop dress oxfords from Carets with a faux heel.

Leather | $250 | Sizes US Womens 5-11 | Ships from USA

Oxfords, But Make it Barefoot

It’s Fashion Friday, featuring Carets Shoes. Carets is an unusual barefoot shoe brand, – they create luxury dress shoes that are completely zero drop with a wide forefoot hidden inside an elongated toe box. They fill a very particular niche within barefoot shoes – if you want a high end shoe that is comfortable but looks nothing like a typical barefoot shoe, Carets is where it’s at.

Previously, they only made shoes in men’s sizes, but they have just released the Victoria Wingtip in a women’s size range for preorder and I got to test an advanced pair! I have written up my review of them with more photos here.

I embrace a natural foot shape and love my floppy, wide barefoot shoes. But I also appreciate that there are jobs/events where really dressy shoes are needed. And some people are just shoe junkies and want stylish options that are better for their feet! Carets has put so much effort into these designs, head to their website for more info on what goes into these shoes.

At this link you can find even more men’s, women’s, and kids barefoot dress shoe options in a full range of sizes, styles, shapes, and prices. Everything listed here is zero drop and foot friendly.

My outfit inspiration for this look comes from Lookastic.

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2. High Feels Sandals

Side by side collage of two women similarly dressed in black pencil skirts and green blouses. Their are both wearing strappy sandals but the woman on the right is wearing vegan zero drop dress sandals from High Feels.

Vegan | $140 | Sizes EU 35-43 | Ships from Germany

I saw this clothing ad and thought I’d make a small tweak. πŸ˜‰πŸš«πŸ‘‘

The message that women need to wear painful, damaging shoes to be considered successful, attractive, and worthy of attention stops here. Cuz Anya’s coming through in flat, wide shoes, and she don’t give a πŸ’© about your beauty standards! πŸ˜ƒ

As always, this isn’t about shaming people for what they wear. It’s about opening up the space and giving people the freedom to choose. Wear heels if you want to. Wear barefoot shoes if you want to. You’re worthy either way. ❀️

I’m wearing High Feels dressy vegan barefoot sandals. They’ve been featured in two articles on the blog, my favorite barefoot dress shoes for women AND my favorite stylish sandals. Check β€˜em out at the links above for the deets on fit/sizing + additional recommendations.

Like this faux leather skirt? Head to COL 1972.

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3. Vivobarefoot Geo Racer

Two photo collage showing the astonishing difference in a conventional sneaker and a barefoot zero drop running shoe from Vivobarefoot. The text reads High Tech Shoe an High Tech Foot.

Vegan | $165 | Code ANYA20 for 20% off for 10% off | Sizes EU 35-49 | Ships Worldwide

Click here to find a Vivobarefoot retailer near you

Overcompensating much? 🀨

If you watch an infant taking their first steps, it’s apparent that thick, clunky shoes get in the way of their movement. Reminding adults they also move more confidently when barefoot (or in shoes that mimic being barefoot, like the bottom example) is like calling up an old memory that’s been stored away and forgotten.

Yes, people in pain or with specific pathologies can find much needed relief from shoe technologies exemplified in the “high tech” shoe – I have myself. But for most of of us it’s a quick fix, a band aid that doesn’t get at the root of the problem. Most feet aren’t flawed, just weak. And because we’re HUMAN, we can make weak things strong by USING them. You wouldn’t wrap a bum shoulder in a brace forever without trying to strengthen/mobilize it, would you? Why do we forget that feet can also be rehabilitated, just like the rest of the body? #FeetHaveMusclesToo

And I’m not just talking to the young and able-bodied here. Being able to sense the ground with your feet increases stability, which is vitally important to the elderly and disabled – the exact population that gets marketed orthopedic footwear most heavily. It might not be right for all bodies all the time, but it’s worth considering minimalist shoes as a better long term solution!

Want to learn more about barefoot shoe options, and if they might be right for you? Head to this article on the Benefits of Barefoot Shoes to get you started.

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4 thoughts on “Fashion, But Make It Barefoot – April 2022”

  1. victoria wilsdon

    the two pairs of Vivos I purchased last year – a different style to previously worn – have both gotten holes in the toe areas within a month. Disappointing, and it’s never happened with previous pairs. They are so expensive too!! Has this every happened to you? Thanks.

    1. I haven’t (well, unless you count the holes in my son’s sneakers after he wore them every day for a year), but I hear it occasionally from readers. I don’t know if it’s just occasional bad luck (it happens with every shoe and brand, there are always going to be duds) or if there actually are some quality issues. Fortunately with Vivo’s return policy you’ll be able to send them back no hassle. But it’d be better if they didn’t wear out…

  2. I’ve been trying to find some nice white or gold flats for my daughter – she has a somewhat square shape for her foot and it’s been impossible to find hardly anything that’s in her size. She’s 22 cm length and 10 cm wide – everything I’ve found with 10cm wide is something like 27 cm long! They would be dress shoes, so a lot of the hemp / canvas type flats are too casual. But so far I’ve been striking out – do you have any recommendations on where to look? Thanks! I only found your website recently, and it’s a fantastic resource!

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