Icarus Ascent Review – A Barefoot Shoe That Transitions With You

*Disclosure – Anya’s Reviews is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.

The Icarus Ascent is a stylish barefoot sneaker with interchangeable insoles you can swap out for a customizable fit. Use as much or as little cushion as you like!

Whether or not you are working toward barefoot shoes, you can enjoy the great style and wide toe box – learn more in my Icarus Ascent review!

Icarus Ascent Review

Leather | Sizes US Women’s 6 – Men’s 14 | Ships from USA

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off your purchase.

The Ascent sneakers are able to meet you where you’re at on your foot health journey with their universal fit and 3 different insole options. They function both as a performance gym shoe AND look great for running around town and date nights. And I’d venture to say they are just as stylish for men as for women.

Each order ships with insoles in the following thicknesses:

  • 3mm
  • 4mm
  • 4-9mm (4 at ball of foot, 9 at heel)

The flexible outsole is 5mm, and you can use the insoles in any combination. Or even forego them entirely! This gives you a range of cushion from quite minimal to moderate cushioning with a 5mm heel rise.

Icarus footwear transition to barefoot sneaker being flexed into a tight C shape

Why I Love Them

When worn with the thinner outsoles the Icarus Ascent feels like a true barefoot shoe. They will also work wonderfully for someone who is looking for a more conventional shoe but with more toe space. AND they work as a transition barefoot shoe that evolves with you (no buying multiple pairs of shoes as you play around with different cushioning levels!).

All while capturing excellent style that can be worn with just about everything. Win-win-win! It’s honestly an impressive feat.

Sizing & Fit Type

The Icarus Ascent sneaker is:

  • Medium to wide fitting
  • Adjustable in volume (should fit high to low volume)
  • True to size

I am wearing a size 7 and they fit my feet well with thin socks. My wide pinkie toes only just brush the side, but the leather is soft enough that I haven’t had any discomfort. However I wouldn’t recommend the Ascent for someone with extra wide feet.

White barefoot transition sneaker leather Icarus Footwear with wide toe box
Gen 1 Ascent (slightly different from current version) on Robby

We are excited about this new brand with a compelling barefoot transition shoe. Icarus fills the need for a stylish, mainstream looking shoe that has a wide toe box and a versatile fit for both seasoned barefooters and newbies alike.

Share This Post:


Subscribe to the Barefoot Shoe Digest™

Stay up to date on all the best shoes, current sales, newest releases, and more

You May Also Like:


6 thoughts on “Icarus Ascent Review – A Barefoot Shoe That Transitions With You”

    1. They are not super light and thin sneakers, so I think the leather and padding will keep you warmer than some options. I suppose it’ll depend on your climate.

    1. I compared my Vivo Asana sneakers to the Icarus ascent in the same size and the Icarus are longer, but I’m wearing the same size in both. They feel a little roomier overall than my Vivos though.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi. I'm Anya.

Hi. I'm Anya.

I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

Follow Me

Subscribe for weekly updates

Check out our shop!

Shoe Finder

Popular Posts

Scroll to Top

Thank you for subscribing!

So I can serve you better, can you answer this one quick question?

What is the #1 thing I can help you with?

Subscribe to the Barefoot Shoe Digest™

Stay up to date on all the best shoes, current sales, newest releases, and more.