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A close up of a woman holding out a pair of Primal Merry Jane barefoot shoes from Softstar

Softstar Shoes Review – The Primal Merry Jane

Softstar Shoes is one of my favorite small businesses. This fall they are playing to their serious foot fans with a new addition to their primal line – The Primal Merry Jane. Read on for my full review!

Close up view of two the toe boxes different gaucho ninja barefoot handmade boots to show the difference between the bespoke and standard sizes

Gaucho Ninja Review – Handmade Barefoot Boots

I found the Gaucho Ninja shop last year when I was writing my Etsy Barefoot Shoe finds post. Lisandro (shop owner and shoemaker) had not heard of the barefoot movement. And yet there he was, intuitively making natural footwear from his knowledge as a martial artist.

An image of a woman holding up two pairs of boots, the Groundies Liverpool barefoot boots and Timberlands with the text "wear this! Not That" over the top

Wear This, Not That: The Timberland Look Minus the Bunions

I used to think good shoes were ugly. Little did I know there was an entire market of healthy footwear that didn’t squish your toes, and still looked like normal shoes! In this series we’re going to find barefoot alternatives to popular styles.

A top down image of 4 pairs of black Xero barefoot shoes sitting on tile. The Alpine waterproof vegan snowboot, the leather Phoenix ballet flat, the knit phoenix, and the hemp vegan Aptos slip on sneaker

Xero Shoes Review – Pheonix, Aptos, Alpine

Xero Shoes has surprised us with a line up of awesome new styles for the fall! Over the years Xero has been expanding their collection to include barefoot shoes for more occasions, so I am especially stoked to see they are releasing a women’s dress flat AND a snow boot…

A close up of a pair of bare feet sitting on the grass with only the bottoms visible, wearing Correct Toes spacers

Correct Toes Review – Are They Worth It?

Toe spacers are meant to realign your feet to their natural position. Most of us have been squishing our feet into tiny shoes our entire lives, and now they look more like shoes than feet. Spacers are a way of coaxing your feet back to their natural position with a full splay…

A top down view of 9 different pairs of sandals sitting on the ground.

Barefoot Sandals Review – A Comparison of 6 Brands

After months and years of testing, I am ready to share my thoughts on the best minimalist sandal brands! In this post I am covering 6 barefoot brands, from the most well-known to a few hidden gems.

close up of feet dangling in front of rock with earth runners vegan elemental sandals in tribal strap on

Earth Runners Grounding Sandals – A Review

I’ve tested and reviewed MANY different minimalist sandals over the years, but the ones I reach for over and over are my simple Earth Runners. All Earth Runners sandals are vegan and handmade with one strapping style, but different sole thicknesses and color options…

The black Shamma Barefoot Running Warrior vegan Sandals close up on feet top down view in nature, with rocks

Shamma Barefoot Running Sandals- A Review

Shamma Sandals is a family operation based in Santa Cruz, CA, with every pair completely handmade there. Running is at the heart of what they do, but their sandals can be used for walking, hiking, and everyday…

a close up view of Belenka Barefoot White Prime Sneakers on feet outside next to rocks

Be Lenka Prime Review – A Sneaker for Wide Feet

Belenka, one of my favorite minimalist shoe brands, has been launching new models like they’re running out of time. One of their most popular releases this year is the Prime, a new barefoot leather sneaker…

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!

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