Shapen Barefoot is making the best dressy flats and boots for women who wear barefoot shoes. They are zero drop, flexible, wide, and yet classy. If you’ve struggled to find elegant minimalist shoes for work or other fancy occasions, Shapen is the answer. I have been following this small business for years, so it delights me that I can now bring them to North America at Anya’s Shop! Read on for my review of this women’s barefoot shoe brand and how to order.
Shapen Barefoot is a Slovakian brand begun by Mia, a fashionista with a passion for foot health, just like myself! Currently her shop has many different colors and styles of ballet flats and sandals, as well as some ultra wide boots and oxfords. I am reviewing ALL Shapen Barefoot models in this post, but two caught my eye so much I am now carrying them at Anya’s Shop – The Ivy boot and the Poppy flat!
I am carrying the Ivy in brown, black, and bordeaux, and the Poppy in black and beige at Anya’s Shop. And we now have the wide versions of the Poppy available for preorder!!
How To Order
Shapen Barefoot is an international shop, so customers all over the world can order any of her shoes and accessories. Currently, Mia has extended the coupon code
ANYA10 to readers here for 10% off anything.
It costs $22 to have shoes shipped to the US by snail mail ($35 for expedited shipping), and returns are possible but the customer pays return shipping. If you live in North America you can avoid that by purchasing from my shop! Ordering from Anya’s Shop will save you money on shipping and potential costly returns. But if I don’t carry something you have your heart set on, you can always order directly from Shapen Barefoot.
Now let’s get to know these Shapen Barefoot shoes a little more.
The Shapen Ivy – A Barefoot Dress Boot
Leather | $180 | Extra Wide
The Shapen Ivy is a leather zip-up ankle boot with an ultra wide toe box. It is perfect for people who have trouble finding dressy shoes that are wide enough, even in barefoot brands. It has a smart, simple design and a stylish mainstream look. The sole is 3.5 mm and flexible enough to roll into a ball.
Fit Type: The Ivy has a square toe box shape, so works well for people with all foot types, even the most difficult to fit square shaped foot. They are high volume, so people with low volume feet should plan to use insoles and/or shoe tongue pads.
Note: The leather around the ankle opening is stiff at first. People with sensitive Achilles’ will want to use moleskin until the leather breaks in.
Barefoot Ankle Boot Comparison
Ankle boots are one of my favorite barefoot shoe styles. I’ve reviewed a few different ones and in the photo below you can see a width and length comparison between them. The Shapen Ivy is the widest by a good margin. Here you can read my Vivobarefoot Fulham review, and in this post you will find my Mukishoes Chelsea review.
The Shapen Poppy – A Barefoot D’orsay Flat
Leather | $120 | CUTE
The Shapen Poppy is a truly dressy barefoot flat. Toe box detailing helps to disguise the width and an open design elongates the legs. They are some of the most fashionable women’s barefoot shoes in existence.
The Poppy is 3mm thick with a leather insole and rubber outsole. The structured design keeps it looking classy, despite being a fully barefoot shoe!
Fit Type: The Poppy has a square toe box shape, so will fit a wide range of foot types. It fits medium-high volume feet and comes in two width. Regular fits an average width foot. Wide width fits a wide-extra wide foot. They run long, and after carrying these for several months at Anya’s Shop we recommend sizing down (most people who didn’t size down ended up exchanging).
Shown here in this post is the regular width. I have wide feet (23.3cm long and 9.3cm wide from a foot tracing) and my foot fills up the whole toe box. The leather was a little snug at first, but has softened so I feel comfortable in them. But most wide and extra wide-footed friends will want to choose wide width.
The following are the other barefoot dress shoe styles that Shapen Barefoot carries, but that will not be at Anya’s Shop (or at least not for now :).
The Shapen Lily – A Dressy Barefoot Sandal
The Shapen Lily is a dressy barefoot sandal, meant to be an alternative to high heels. They currently only come in a regular width, and follow the same sizing as the regular Poppy – so they run on the long side, and are medium width. I got a size 36, just like I have in the Poppy and they are long on me and slightly loose, but I couldn’t size down or they would be too narrow. Even still, I find them to be lovely sandals and would happily wear them as wedding shoes.
My pair is the Latte color. The insole and heel piece is leather but the metallic portion is synthetic, so feels a little plastic-y. I would prefer them to be 100% leather (some of the colors are), but realize that you wouldn’t get that mirror metallic shine if they were.
The Shapen Tulip – A Barefoot Ballet Flat
The Shapen Tulip is another barefoot ballet flat style that comes in several lovely colors and can easily be dressed up for fancy occasions. I got a size 36, regular width in this style as well, but they feel too small and I haven’t worn them at all. You can see below that the sole curves and that pushes my toes to the front. The heel piece also digs into my achilles. I would definitely need a size 37, and also the wide width that is now available, to be comfortable.
Again, Mia has provided a detailed size chart so you can get the length and width measurements for each size, but keep in mind the curvature of the sole.
The Shapen Fleur – A Barefoot Oxford
Another style of shoe Shapen carries is the Fleur, a barefoot Derby or Oxford shoe. This shoe is made in the same wide width as the Ivy, so it is great for extra wide, high volume feet. This maroon color is no longer available, but you can get it in several other pretty colors (including rose gold!). I got a size 36 in this style, but they feel a teensy bit short (they don’t run long the way the Poppy and Lily do!). They work fine with thin or no socks, but next time I would get a size 37, the size I have in the Ivy boot.
You get max benefit from barefoot shoes when you can wear them every time you need foot coverings. Even on special occasions I want to be comfortable, grounded, and able to use my feet to move. Brands like Shapen Barefoot make that possible! It is a fulfillment of my dreams to be able to bring healthy footwear to more people, so make sure you are watching Anya’s Shop for lots more to come!
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