The 10 Best Affordable Barefoot Shoes for Adults

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At first glance it might seem like barefoot shoes are expensive, but there are a surprising number of good options at low price points. After trying hundreds of pairs, these are my top 10 picks for Affordable Barefoot Shoes for Adults – it includes sneakers, sandals, boots, and even dress shoe options, starting at $40!

Years ago I researched all the cheapest barefoot shoe options for both adults and kids, and I discovered there were a LOT more than people realized. But when dealing with cheap shoes there are some trade offs – the quality can be hit or miss, and oftentimes they do not have as natural of a foot shape as the more expensive (and better quality) barefoot shoe brands. It turns out there are some good reasons why many barefoot shoes are expensive.

So I set out to find the lowest priced options that still are genuinely good shoes AND meet my healthy shoe requirements. This is my curated list of the 10 best affordable barefoot shoes for adults!

Want to see the full lists of budget barefoot shoes? See below.

And if you’d like to save a little $$ on the more expensive brands, bookmark my Sales & Discounts page that is updated every few days!

While this list focuses on the cheapest barefoot shoes in North America, it also includes options from around the world. So read to the end! If you want to find more options closer to you, check out this brands/retailers by region list.

Or take the quiz at BarefootShoeFinder.com.

And if you want an explanation for the sizing & fit terms used here, read this article on foot type.


Origo Cotton Canvas Sneakers

$78 after coupon | Vegan | Sizes US 8 Toddler – Men’s 15 | USA & Canada Only (for now)

Use code ANYA for 10% off

Origo shoes is a newer brand but they are in tune with the needs of the barefoot shoe community. Their mission is to make it easy for people to wear what’s best for their bodies by offering affordable AND stylish options. For the price, these are in my opinion the best quality barefoot shoe you can get.

They don’t look dingy once worn in, and the sole isn’t wearing away quickly. The laces are also durable (cheap options often skimp on the laces). And I think they genuinely look cool! Biggest drawback is that they are currently only available in the US & Canada, but they have big plans to offer affordable worldwide shipping soon, so keep them on your radar if you’re not local.

Also note that the canvas feels a little stiff at first. It takes a few wears to break in.

Sizing & Fit Type:


Whitin Barefoot Shoes

$40 | Vegan | Sizes EU 36-46 | Ships from Amazon Worldwide

Whitin makes the lowest priced barefoot shoes you will find, and they are pretty solid for the cost! You can find sneakers, casual sneakers, and even a loafer style all between $40 and $50.

The quality is definitely lower than Origo (the shoe laces on the casual sneakers are flimsy as hell), and it can be sometimes confusing to know what you’re ordering because the product offerings change. But for people on a tight budget, these are a lifesaver.

A close up of the outsole of a Whitin Barefoot shoe in wide to show it's natural foot shape and wide toe box
Whitin Casual Barefoot Shoes in Wide

Currently the widest options are under the tab “Wide Barefoot.” But this is primarily casual shoes. If you’re looking at the athletic sneakers in the “Barefoot” section then I recommend choosing the models that have the type of outsole you see below:

These are the Trail Runners, and have been the most durable of the Whitin shoes for me. The other sneaker styles in the “Barefoot” section are pretty narrow and tapered, and the toe spring is bothersome to me. But if you stick to the sole type shown above and anything in the “Wide Barefoot” section you should get a shoe that’s great for wide feet with lots of toe room.

It’s also really important to note that they come with an insole that is not barefoot-friendly: it has a heel lift and some mild arch support. Feel free to use it if you are in a transition stage or need just a bit of support, but swap it out for a different insole if you want a true barefoot shoe experience. You could also go without the insole, but it can make the shoes too spacious on some foot types (the inside is not as comfortable without the insole either).

Sizing & Fit Type:

This is where things get tricky, because the product descriptions are not so helpful and Whitin seems to be changing things often. But after trying about 6 different pairs over the course of a few years, this is my general sense of the brand:

  • Runs slightly small, I sized up in everything
  • Fits average to extra wide feet depending on the model – Men’s are wider than women’s.
  • Straight/fan hybrid
  • Athletic shoes are medium volume (will work for high without insole), and casual shoes are high volume.

For another similar sneaker at around the same price, check out Saguaro Barefoot Shoes.


Splay Freestyle

$62 after coupon | Vegan | Sizes US 8 Toddler to Men’s 13 | Ships from USA

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off

Splay shoes have been really popular in the barefoot shoe community for offering a stylish shoe at a good price. They are a great alternative to Keds and Vans that give you more toe space and a more flexible sole. And they come in the full range of sizes, so everyone in my house can wear them! Read my full Splay Review here.

The upper is cotton canvas and it does get dirty after a while, but fortunately you can machine wash them. I find they don’t wear quite as well as Origo and start to look a little haggard after many uses, but for the price they are still great value.

Sizing & Fit Type:


Unshoes Terra Vida

a top down view of a pair of feet standing on green grass wearing Unshoes Terra Vidaa barefot slip-on shoes in natural hemp color

$74 after coupon | Vegan | Sizes US Women’s 5 – Men’s 13 | Ships from USA

Use code ANYA for 10% off

The Unshoes Terra Vida is a long time favorite of mine, they were one of my first barefoot shoes and I am still rocking them. You can read my Terra Vida review here. They are neutral, light, and breathable. Not the most durable of shoes (if you scuff the front a lot it can tear), but for everyday walking and errands they are perfect.

The soles are very thin, so if you are brand new to barefoot shoes it can be a lot (I wore NorthSole insoles in mine for the first year or so).

I also love the Wokova Feathers as a budget barefoot sandal from Unshoes.

A pair of feet standing on grass wearing Unshoes Footwear Wokova Feather barefoot sandals in black

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • Terra Vida stretches a lot, so it’s recommended to size down 1/2 size (sandals are true)
  • Best for wide feet
  • Straight/fan hybrid
  • Medium volume

If you size down they will feel short at first, but then break in. If you don’t size down, they might end up feeling too loose once broken in.


Anatomic Sneakers

€30 | Cotton & Polyester (Vegan) | Sizes EU 36-45 | Ships from EU

Anatomic4All.eu does not ship worldwide, but Tupsunupsu (EU) does! If you’re in the US, check them out at PedTerra.

Anatomic is a European brand, but even if you have to ship them overseas they are pretty cheap. People love them because they look mainstream, but are still really wide in the toe box. And they have a little more cushion than other barefoot shoes so work well as a first pair for newbies. Anatomic makes slip ons and even a waterproof model all at this low price point (and some leather sneakers that are more expensive).

Sizing & Fit Type:


Xero Shoes

$42-$75 | Vegan | Sizes US Women’s 5 – Men’s 15 | Ships from US or EU

Xero shoes has many different styles, and a handful of them are quite affordable. My personal affordable favorites from Xero Shoes are the following:

They also have cheap DIY sandals.

For more info on this brand, read all my Xero Shoes Reviews here!

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • True to size
  • Average to wide foot width
  • Straight cut
  • High volume

Shamma Cruzer

$54 after coupon | Vegan | Unisex Sizes 4-14 | Ships from USA

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off.

Shamma Sandals is my favorite all purpose barefoot sandal brand. Most of their sandals are in the $100 price range, but the Cruzers are only $54 after my discount. They are a simple vegan sandal made on Shamma’s flexible, wide soles. They don’t have as much adjustability as the more expensive models, but they are great simple sandals. Use them as everyday sandals, and for hiking or running.

Read my previous Shamma Sandals reviews here

Sizing & Fit Type:


Everleigh Meadow Sandals

$75 | Leather | Sizes US Women’s 6-11 | Ships from USA

Everleigh Meadows is a small shop that hand makes shoes for kiddos and adults. Their Explorer sandals have become very popular among wide-footed ladies because they are cheap and cute!

These sandals are very soft and flexible, and you’d be able to resole them if the sole wears out. They’re a great affordable find! The leather is a bit thin which makes them really comfy to wear, but I wouldn’t go out hiking in them.

Note that these are final sale! So definitely measure your feet and use the size chart.

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • True to size (but only come in half sizes)
  • Good for wide and extra wide feet
  • Fan-shaped
  • Good for all foot volumes (because she can customize this)

You can choose from Medium or Wide – I have Medium width and they are pretty wide as is, so I would only choose Wide if you have extra wide feet. You can also have the front piece customized to your measurements if you put them in the notes at checkout (she has instructions for this in the product listing). If you don’t put your measurements they are high volume.

A close up of a hand holding a rolled up Everleigh Meadows barefoot sandal to show its flexibility

FeelBarefoot Boots & Oxfords

$95 – $115 after coupon | Leather | Sizes US Women’s 3.5 – Men’s 15 | Ships from Turkey

Use code ANYASREVIEWS30 for 30% off.

The prices on these leather shoes fluctuate, but if you’re looking for dressy barefoot boots or oxfords you won’t find anything cheaper. The leather is beautiful and wears well, but I have a gripe about the cheap nylon laces on the boots (apparently I have a thing about lace quality??). I’m scoping out some better cotton ones to replace them.

You can choose a fully leather sole for grounding, but I chose rubber soles for better grip. They feel a little tight and stiff at first but break in very well because of the quality leather. Each pair is handmade!

For more details on this brand, check out this FeelBarefoot Review.

Sizing & Fit Type:

Men’s and Women’s are THE SAME SHOES but labeled differently according to the size chart. Double check your measurements against the chart before ordering!

  • Runs small, I suggest sizing up one if in-between
  • Average to wide width
  • Straight/fan hybrid
  • Boots are medium volume, oxfords & loafers are high volume

Freet Bootee & Mudee

$116 – $133 after coupon | Vegan | Sizes EU 37-48 | Ships from UK

Use code ANYASREVIEWS-10 for 10% off.

Freet Barefoot makes some of the most practical and comfortable barefoot shoes for outdoor adventuring. They also have lots of vegan options and some lower priced hiking boots. These are a little more expensive if shipped to the US, but still quite a bit cheaper than other comparable barefoot hiking boots. We’ve had good success with Freet in our house, and if you need a sturdy outdoor boot you won’t find anything cheaper.

Read my in-depth Freet Barefoot review here.

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • Runs small, I suggest sizing up one if in-between
  • Wide to extra wide
  • Straight/fan hybrid
  • Boots are low to medium volume, but if you size up they can work for high volume feet

PaperKrane Boots

$115 | Leather | Sizes up to EU 42 | Ships from AU or US

If shopping at PaperKrane in Australia, use codeANYASREVIEWS to get 10% off!

This Australian brand makes the funkiest barefoot shoes in existence, and they’ve recently expanded into adult boots. At $115 in the US, they are about as cheap as you will find for a barefoot boot. The Rainbow Skitts are fun and colorful, and the Snugg boots are a basic warm boot.

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • True to size in the chelsea boots, and slightly small in the Snugg boots because of the lining
  • Best for average to narrow feet
  • Straight cut
  • Medium to high volume

Runner Ups

Zeazoo Dingos

$135 | Sheepskin | Sizes EU 35-42 (+ custom sizes) | Ships from Bulgaria or US

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off directly from Zeazoo (EU).

The Dingo will be fully restocked at Anya’s Shop (US) late September, ’22.

The Dingo’s are the warmest boots you’ll find at this price. They are simple in design, but a fan favorite because of how irresistibly soft and warm they are. The Zeazoo Dingos are basically slippers, but you can wear them out as boots (a more comfortable Ugg boot!). And considering that it’s hard to find anything practical for cold weather under $200, the price is pretty good too.

These are my regular go to all winter for early morning walks and quick errands. The Dingos are not waterproof, so I recommend treating them to prevent leather damage in the winter. I love them so much I decided to sell them at Anya’s Shop a few years back – they were the first model we ever carried! Read my Zeazoo Dingo Review for more info.

Sizing & Fit Type:


Asgard Rain Boot

$40 | Vegan | 6.5mm Sole | Sizes US Women’s 6-10.5

The Asgard Packable Rain Boot is only $40, and has a light flexible sole. It comes in a mid calf and a knee high length, and they are really great rubber wellies for the price! Some of them come with an insole that has a heel lift and others come with a zero drop insole (still haven’t figure out which, seems to be random). Be prepared to swap the insole out either way.

The rubber is thin and flexible, so it can expand with your foot to some extent. But they have a mildly tapered toe box so if you have wide, square feet they likely will feel squishy.

Top down view of a woman with one Asgard rain boot on and one barefoot

Sizing & Fit Type:

  • True to Size
  • Average Width
  • Straight Cut
  • High Volume

Because these are quite high volume, you might want to have some leg warmers on hand to fill in any extra space without sacrificing toe room.


Earth Runners Sandals

$66 after coupon | Vegan | Sizes US Women’s 6 – Men’s 14 | Ships from USA

Use code ANYASREVIEWSER10 for 10% off.

Earth Runners are one of the most versatile barefoot sandal brands – they look stylish and can be worn with casual or even slightly dressy outfits, but they also function for hiking, running, and water activities.

They’re a little more expensive than the other sandals listed in this article, but because they are a one-and-done type of sandal I had to include them. The Elemental model has the thinnest sole and is the cheapest. The straps are durable and some people complain about it being rough between the toes – if you’re worried about that I would choose Cloud, Carbon, or Canyon Clay – those colors are much softer on the skin.

  • Sizing & Fit Type:
  • True to size
  • Good for average to wide feet
  • Fan shaped, but works for straight feet as well
  • Works for all foot volumes

Affordable Barefoot Shoes in the EU

In the EU? While some of the shoes listed above will still be cost effective for you, here are a few more options to check out.

Wherever you are located, you can use the Barefoot Shoe Finder quiz to find brands in your area, or the Brands by Region list!

Conclusion

Even if you have a limited amount of money to spend on shoes, you can still find options that are good for your feet! This best affordable barefoot shoes list is your guide to get started.

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14 thoughts on “The 10 Best Affordable Barefoot Shoes for Adults”

    1. In my shop we carry several unisex models, but I also cover many many more men’s options throughout my site. You can filter in the Reviews section by gender.

    1. Yes!! I can’t believe I forgot them. I’ve already fixed it. It’s not quite as affordable in the US after shipping, but for durable outdoor boots you really can’t beat the price.

  1. I love love love Origo shoes. I only wish they made them in more colors! These are the most comfortable barefoot shoes I’ve bought, so far, and they are well made shoes.

    I learned my lesson on Splay shoes and will order a size larger next time. They also shrink when you wash them, even if air dried, and out of 4 pairs I have 2 pairs left that I can wear comfortably.

  2. Thank you so much for all your efforts and work….seems dramatic to say you’re a lifesaver, but! I’m so grateful I found your site- so, so helpful and love the shoes I’ve gotten that you’ve recommended! ❤️🙏🏼🥳

  3. Do you know of any company that makes composite safety boots with the same nice big area for natural toe spread? I could really use a pair

      1. Which companies other than Vivobarefoot offer a trial period during which you can wear the shoes outdoors, and still return them if you don’t like them?

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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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