Groundies Spring 2023 – Beautiful Barefoot Shoes in Two Widths!

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A collage of pretty barefoot shoes from the Groundies spring 2023 collection, featuring barefoot ballet flats, sandals, sneakers, and dress shoes.

Groundies continues to wow me. This spring they brought back old favorites, added more beautiful dress shoes AND introduced a wide version! Find here an overview of everything you need to know about Groundies barefoot shoes this spring and summer.

Please note: Groundies had to file for insolvency on March 30, 2023 (after this article was written), which resulted in a temporary closure of their webshop. They are now open for business again, and all orders are guaranteed by the lawyer who is negotiating the proceedings which means customers can order today with confidence.

But if you are someone who had an outstanding order or return as of March 30, unfortunately they cannot do anything for you at the moment – all of those claims are wrapped up in the insolvency proceedings that will formally begin June 1. They hope to be able to offer a solution as soon as possible, but are bound by the legal process. Obviously this is very upsetting for many customers! Frustration about this whole ordeal is completely justified.

Our sale of in-stock Groundies shoes at Anya’s Shop was unaffected by this, but it is resulting in a delay of the remaining spring models we ordered. Ultimately, we should still be able to offer everything we planned to carry but don’t know exactly when they will arrive.


Groundies Now in Wide!

A top down view of a pair of feet wearing Groundies Orlando barefoot sneakers. On the left the person is wearing Barefoot fit, and on the right she is wearing Barefoot+ which has a wider toe box.

Groundies previously had one barefoot shape that fit medium width feet best, but they have just released a new sole with an extra wide fit! It’s called Barefoot+, and several of Groundies most popular models will be available in it this spring!

They are not only wider across the ball of the foot, but they are also wider in the toe box. This is perfect for people with an extra wide toe splay or who want to be able to wear toe spacers inside their shoes.

How Wide Are They?

A width comparison of some of the widest barefoot shoes - Be Lenka, Groundies, and Bohempia.
Be Lenka Eazy (left), Groundies Barefoot+ (middle), and Bohempia Wide (right)

I have reviewed many barefoot shoes in my time, and the Barefoot+ line from Groundies ranks as one of the all time widest. They are wider throughout the entire shoe and a little longer than their Barefoot counterparts in the same size, so if you have particularly narrow heels I recommend the lace up shoes instead of the ballet flats.

You can check the Groundies size chart for width measurements, and you can read my FAQ if you’d like guidance on how to interpret a size chart. Width measurements tend to throw people off, so I recommend check it out if you’re confused.

*Groundies also has a “Regular” fit line with a more tapered toe box. I don’t consider them a true barefoot shoe and don’t review them on my site. But if you have narrow toes or don’t want to wear wide toe box shoes, they might be a good option for you.*

Groundies Barefoot Shoes Review

A woman leaning against a brick wall wearing Groundies stylish barefoot shoes Nova color accent

This review will grow throughout the spring! There are more sandals arriving this month that I cannot share yet. πŸ™‚ If you are following my social media channels or are subscribed to my newsletter, I will make sure you know when they get released.

You also might like to know that we will be carrying many of these models at Anya’s Shop in the US this spring. If you are keen to avoid overseas shipping, or want to shop multiple brands at once, check us out!

And If you want more background info on the fit, sizing, or ordering process for this brand, please check out my earlier Groundies Barefoot Shoes Review!

Caring For Your Groundies

Spring calls for a soft color palette and delicate textures. When you put that on your feet where, you know, the ground is, there can be problems. Dirt problems. I highly recommend a shoe protectant spray like Carbon Pro on many of these shoes. If you treat them first, then it’s easy to brush dirt off with a shoe brush. It’s how I keep my fancy schmancy shoes looking fresh!

Keep in mind that suede and nubuck are harder to keep clean than finished leather (which is more easily wiped down), but I usually treat both.

Alright, let’s dig in. Here are the deets on the newest Groundies barefoot shoes.

Sneakers

A row of stylish barefoot sneakers from Groundies with a person behind holding one pair

The main difference you will find between Groundies sneakers is their sole.

  • The GO1 sole visually looks thinner, is more flexible, and feels wider. They also fit closer around the heel and arch.
  • The GS1 sole looks more like a traditional sneaker (the walled sole is an illusion), and they feel slightly less flexible and narrower because of the extra rubber on the sides. GS1 soles have a higher volume fit too.
  • Sizing is consistent for Groundies sneakers regardless of the sole – I wear a size 37 in all of mine.
a comparison of the outsoles of Groundies barefoot shoes - the GS1 on the left and GO1 on the right
GO1 sole (left) and GS1 sole (right)

I am so excited that Groundies has brought back a whole line of sneakers on their original GO1 sole, which is the most flexible, comfortable sole they make.

Nova

Womens | Barefoot | GO1 + GS1 Sole

The Nova is Groundies best selling sneaker. For the first time, you can get it on their GO1 sole as well as GS1. While the GS1 sole looks really cool, you can’t beat the comfort of the GO1. It feels wider and is more flexible, so for barefoot purists it’s a home run. But for people new to barefoot shoes, the Nova GS1 is a also great choice. The GS1 also fits higher volume. I LOVE the color accents on these.

Nova does not come in Barefoot+ as of now. We sell select Nova colorways at Anya’s Shop.

Amsterdam

Mens & Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+ | GO1 Sole

The Amsterdam comes in this pretty metallic floral and a neutral burnt orange color. The toe cap helps to disguise scuffs, and they are soft and comfortable. Like all Groundies sneakers on the GO1 sole, they are soft from the first wear.

Orlando

two people standing side by side wearing Groundies Orlando barefoot sneakers in wide and regular

Mens & Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+ | GO1 Sole

The Orlando sneaker is not new to Groundies, but for the first time they are now available in Barefoot+ in the beige/pink colorway in women’s sizes. This sneaker is retro-inspired but fresh. You can’t go wrong with the Orlando!

Melbourne

Close up of a pair of feet wearing Rose Gold Groundies metallic sneakers with white laces. One foot is propped up on the wall and the toes are flexed showing the sole flexibility. The model is wearing mom jeans

Mens & Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+ | GO1 Sole

Melbourne sneakers, formerly known as Ibiza, are soft leather sneakers that come in ROSE GOLD! You can find the metallic version in Barefoot+, and this sneaker also comes in black for men.

They have a soft padding around the ankle and are immediately comfortable from the first wear. I also found the metallic to stay bright and not scuff easily, which is great news.

We will be selling Melbourne in Rose gold in Barefoot and Barefoot+ at Anya’s Shop.

Brooklyn

Mens & Womens | Barefoot | GS1 Sole | Vegan

The Brooklyn comes in a high and low top. Reminiscent of classic American sneakers, these are perfect for Converse lovers who want a wider toe box. While I tend to fit better in the GO1 soles because my toes are wide, I love this sneaker! They just look so cool, and the upper is pretty soft so I’m still finding them comfortable.

We are selling Brooklyn High in black at Anya’s Shop this spring.

Dress Shoes

Groundies does dress shoes very well, so it’s wonderful news that they’ve added more ballet flats and lace up dress shoes (for men & women) this spring!

Lily

Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+

The Lily is your classic barefoot ballet flat. They come in a variety of colors and textures, with two (brown and black) in Barefoot+. They are perfect for spring dresses or as a year round closet staple and are one of my favorite barefoot ballet flats because they are so light and soft.

Lily Barefoot+ is quite wide through the entire flat, so if you have narrow heels they might slip off. I fit better in the Barefoot Lily (not the wide version) because of this. But for Samantha, shown above wearing lily brown in Barefoot+, they are perfection.

Groundies Lily flats shown top down unworn. On the left is Lily Brown in Barefoot Plus extra wide width, and on the right is regular barefoot width is a pretty pale pink. Both feature anatomical shapes and a super flexible outsole
Barefoot+ Lily size 37 next to Barefoot Lily Size 36.

Lily Classic (black) has a more secure fit and I find them wonderful on my narrow heels. Lily Soft (light pink and blue) is indeed the lightest, softest of the bunch but they want to slip off me a little more than Lily Classic. They are still 100% wearable, but if I were to take off running or bust a move they might go flying.

We are carrying Lily Classic in Barefoot and Barefoot+, Lily Soft in pink and blue, and Magnolia in brown at Anya’s Shop this spring.

Milano

Mens & Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+

Milano is a timeless style from Groundies – they have a versatile fit, work for masculine and feminine styles, and can be dressy or casual. They come in a variety of colors, some more casual than others.

You’re not likely to find a more comfortable dress shoe, except maybe the Palermo, which is a low cut version.

A woman wearing aplaid blazer and Groundies Milano soft cognac desert lace up boots
Milano Soft Cognac, in Barefoot fit.

We will be getting Milano Soft in Cognac in Barefoot width, and Milano Soft Black in Barefoot and Barefoot+ at Anya’s Shop.

Palermo

a man standing on concrete wearing dress pants and black Groundies Palermo barefoot dress shoes.

Mens | Barefoot & Barefoot+

We loved the Palermo when it was first released a few years ago (read our original Palermo review here), so we were excited to see it come back! These have to be some of the most comfortable barefoot dress shoes around, without sacrificing on style. And the new version doesn’t get as wrinkly as before!

We are getting black Palermo in both widths at Anya’s Shop.

Sandals

A line of 4 Spring Groundies barefootwear sandals in a variety of strap configurations. Chunky, dainty, strappy, classy leather sandals in black, gold, and silver leather comfortable zero drop soles

The Groundies sandals this year are on point! You can find delicate options for dressy occasions, as well as chunkier styles that are totally on trend this season. I am wearing a size EU 37 in my Groundies sandals, and they fit my wide feet well but are a touch long (I am right in between a 36 & 37 for sandals, so this is true to size for me).

Florence

Womens | Barefoot & Barefoot+

The Florence sandal is feminine and strappy, with a Greek inspired design. The wrap around ankle strap gives a little extra security, but these sandals fit on the high volume side. I wish the strap over the arch was adjustable! As is, they are loose on me and my foot wants to slide forward. They would be better suited for someone with a higher arch. Sad for me, because they are stunning!

We have Florence in black, and beige at Anya’s Shop.

Verona

Womens | Barefoot

These chunky sandals are inspired by the puffy sandal trend. I tried them on last fall when I visited Groundies, and I found them comfortable but not really my style. I know some of you will be stoked about this model! The back strap is connected by an elastic piece on both sides, otherwise there are no adjustments. That means they are easy on and off, but will not suit extra high or low volume feet well (they’ll work best for an average foot type).

Cadiz

Groundies Cadiz delicate strappy high heels swap barefoot sandals with thin leather straps and wide toe box

Womens | Barefoot

The Cadiz is a delicate strappy sandal that can easily be dressed up or down. I worried that the thin straps wouldn’t feel secure on my low volume feet, but with the ankle strap I found they fit me well! Because they are so minimal in design, they are a good high heel replacement. They fit true to size, and because of how open they are they should work for a variety of foot volume. But not suitable for extra wide feet.

Kos

Groundies Kos chunky strap trendy barefoot sandals

Womens | Barefoot

The Kos is reminiscent of trendy chunky sandals with two thick straps and a buckle. The buckle has 3 holes which gives you some adjustment, but they seem most suited for medium to higher volume feet. I have mine on the tightest buckle which makes them only just wearable on my low arches. I still have a fair amount of space above my foot, but the shoe stays put when I walk.

The straps are slightly stiff when brand new because of the thick strap material.

Conclusion

Groundies has delivered on beautiful barefoot shoes for spring that fit a variety of foot types and work for all occasions. Woohoo!

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22 thoughts on “Groundies Spring 2023 – Beautiful Barefoot Shoes in Two Widths!”

  1. Side note, but I live the brownish jacket that you are wearing in the picture with the groundies. Could you share where it’s from? Love your blog!

  2. Hello,

    I have a question about the fit of the new Barefoot+ Groundies. From the pictures it’s apparent that the new fit gains quite a bit of space for the big toe, but what about the pinky toe, is it significantly more space if you compare the old and new Palermo?

    Also, how does the Barefoot+ sized Palermo compare to the Realfoot shoes in case of space for the pinky toe, space for the midfoot, heel, space above the toes and instep?

    Cheers
    Lars

    1. Hi Lars, Yes I find there is more space in the big toe and the pinky toe area in the new Barefoot+ line from Groundies.

      In comparison to Realfoot, the heel and midfoot are both slimmer than Groundies Barefoot+, space above the toes is ample in both, and the instep height is also comparable. In general, the Groundies Barefoot+ is a wide straight fit, whereas Realfoot is a wide fan shape. I hope that helps!

      1. Hi Samantha,

        thanks for the response, it’s really helpful. I haven’t found a shoe yet which could handle my feet when I wear toe socks, even though I leave 12-15mm space in front of my biggest toe.

        Aylla Inca squeezes my pinky toes and doesn’t have enough room for my instep, but fits well on the midfoot and heel.

        Vivo Addis squeezes my pinky toes but fits well on the heel, midfoot and instep.

        Sole Runner FX Trainer 5 squeezes my big and pinky toes but fits well on the heel, midfoot and excellent on the instep.

        Be Lenka Champ squeezes my pinky toes but fits well on the midfoot and heel and barely on the instep.

        So I hope Realfoot is not too narrow for my heel and midfoot (I’m thinking about buying the City Jungle) since it’s the most promising for my pinky so far. I should probably include Groundies Barefoot+ style in my shortlist as well considering my foot shape.

        Thanks again. Cheers Lars

    1. Amsterdam is not one of the models we’ll be carrying this spring, but we will be getting the Melbourne Rose in Barefoot and Barefoot+

  3. I was wondering how the Lily Barefoot compares to the Softstar Ballerine (regular width)? The Ballerines squish my toes too much.

    1. The Lily is a similar toe box width, but it has more space above the toes. So if you were feeling pressure from above in the Ballerines, then it should feel better in the Lily.

  4. Did Groundies go out of business? Their website has been down for about a week and they are no longer available on Amazon. I have a lot of groundies shoes and love them. Love your site and your reviews!

    1. They had to pause operations because they filed for insolvency. It was pretty unexpected for us, but we have hopes that very soon they’ll be able to continue operating once the legal process gets going. I’ve added a statement to the beginning of this article.

  5. Hey Anya, how do they compare to the Softstar Shoes Primal line in terms of width? I am size 6/7E, so I’m interested to see if these would be wide enough!

    1. Hi! The Groundies Barefoot+ has an extra wide straight fit rather than a fan shaped fit like Softstar Primal, so it’s wide through the midfoot and heel as well as the toe box. Groundies Barefoot+ is also roomier in the vertical toe box height. So it will depend on where you need your width!

  6. Hi Anya!
    I’ve noticed that Groundies have just released two new sandal styles (Cadiz and Kos) that you have in your pictures. I’d love to know what you think of those! X

    1. The Cadiz is really pretty and delicate! I like them, they work for my feet and I think will work for a lot of different feet except the extremes (narrow feet, extra wide, high volume feet). The Kos fits higher volume feet best – they have a little adjustability on one strap but even with tightening they’re a little too loose on my feet. Cute though.

  7. Hello,

    I want to order my first barefoot sandals I like the cadiz but not sure about sizing, my foot length is exactly 24cm which is size 37, should I order 38 to have extra 6mm in front of the toes? I’m little afraid to order size 38 as I never wear 38 before in regular shoes, is it recommended when buying barefoot sandals to have extra space in front of the toes? Thank you.

    1. Sandals don’t need as much extra space as close toed shoes, so I often wear a half size or full size smaller in sandals. It depends on your preference, but also how securely the straps can fit.

  8. Waiting for the sandals review – namely Groundies Cadiz and also the first white ones – Shapen? πŸ™‚

  9. Hello! I have a question of comparison of sizes of the Groundies Lily and the Be Lenka Sofie. I ordered the Sofie in a size 36 (which I thought would be a good fit according to their size guide). My foot length is about 23.2 cm. My toes hit the end of the shoe and just did not give me enough room. I returned them. They did not have any of the color I wanted in a 37. I’m considering now the Groundies Lily, but I’ve read some reviews that they run large. I’m debating between a 36 and 37. My feet are not wide, so I would probably choose the barefoot fit. What size would you recommend? Thanks!

    Hello! I have a question concerning comparison of sizes of the Groundies Lily and the Be Lenka Sophie ballet flats. I ordered the Be Lenka Sophie in a size 36, but they did not give me enough length for my toes (they hit the top of the shoe). My foot length is about 23.2 cm. I returned them, but they did not have a size 37 available in the color I wanted. I’m considering the Groundies Lily, but have read some reviews they they may run large, so I’m debating between and size 36 and 37. Your thoughts please?
    Thanks!

    1. The Lily Classic or the Lily Soft? The Lily Soft does run bigger and looser. But the Lily Classic doesn’t and I would guess that a size 36 would be too small. I wear a size 36 in the Lily Soft and a 37 in the Classic

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