Shapen Review – The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Women

A woman standing next to a Christmas tree wearing Shapen Barefoot black poppy flats sandals, the best dressy barefoot flats for women.

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.

Meet Shapen

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. The two styles that caught my eye are 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.

Two images side by side of the same woman. In one she is wearing the Shapen Barefoot Ivy boot in Bordeaux, a minimalist ankle boot. And in the other she is wearing the dressy Shapen Poppy barefoot ballet flat in nude, a dressy barefoot shoe for women.

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 ANYA15 for 20% off anything until Dec. 31st.

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 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.

An imagine showing 3 barefoot chelsea boots in a row: the Shapen Barefoot Ivy, the Vivobarefoot Fulham, and the Mukishoes Chelsea. Above the shoes is a row of papers showing an outline and measurements of the width and length of each barefoot ankle boot.
External measurements for popular barefoot ankle boots (not to be used to determine your size)

The Shapen Poppy 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 is average width. They run True to Size. The Poppy is narrower than the Ivy.

I have wide feet 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 extra wide-footed friends will probably not fit into these flats.

The Shapen Poppy Up Close

Want to see the Shapen Poppy in action? Watch the vid below.

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 that the Ivy comes in, so it great for extra wide, high volume feet. I am not carrying this style at Anya’s Shop, but you can order it directly from Shapen in this beautiful maroon color, or several other colors.

A close up photo of the Shapen Barefoot Fleur, a barefoot oxford in maroon color.

Conclusion

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 and 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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8 thoughts on “Shapen Review – The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Women”

  1. Hey Anya,
    Thank you for your review on the Ivy! For sizing, my feet are 23.6cm and I wear a 38 in Vivobarefoot and Belenka with thicker socks. The size chart indicates that I should get a 37, but it fits you so should I get a 38? The insole length for the 38 is 25.2 which would be too long, and I don’t plan on wearing thick socks with the Ivy. What would you recommend? Thank you!

    1. What Be Lenka style do you wear with thicker socks? Do you think you could wear a 37 in Vivo or Be Lenka brands if you wore thin socks? If you got your 23.6cm measurement from a foot tracing and you want your Ivy to fit closer to your foot than the Be Lenka and Vivos you have I would go 37. I could wear a 36 in the Ivy myself, but then I wouldn’t have much space for socks and my toes would be slightly closer to the front than I prefer. However, they would look a little dressier for being slimmer around my ankle.

      1. I wear the Belenka Icon with thicker socks, and the Vivo Addis 37 is slightly too short for my left foot w/o socks so I wear thicker socks with the 38. My feet measurement is against the wall so I don’t know if that makes a difference. I’ve been consistently one size bigger than you so may just go with the 38. Thank you for your input, and all that you do in the name of zero drop!

  2. MICHELLE BAUMGARTNER

    Hi Anya,
    Wow! Such lovely shoes! I am new at barefoot shoes. I just love the Poppy and am wanting to order a pair from your site. My foot measures 25.4 cm so I thinking to order a size 9. Thoughts?

    1. A measurement of 25.4 would actually put you at a size EU 39 or women’s 8 (I am using the size chart that is on the product page). A size EU 40 or US 9 would be quite long on you.

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I first discovered “barefoot shoes” after a long bout of foot issues. I realized that with some extra research (and a whole new set of standards), I could curate shoes that made me feel amazing and didn’t require any compromises. I started my blog Anya’s Reviews to share what I learned with others.

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