The 10 Best Stylish Barefoot Dress Shoes for Women

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Women’s barefoot dress shoes (or the lack thereof) were the reason I started Anya’s Reviews. Sneakers and huaraches are great, but I really wanted something stylish that didn’t hurt my feet. After years of curating, here are my ten best women’s barefoot dress shoe picks!

Why Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes Matter

Considering the high rate of bunions among females, cute women’s barefoot dress shoes are a must-have for the foot conscious gal. They don’t press your toes painfully together and they have no alignment-wrecking heel whatsoever – unlike most stylish women’s shoes which are more like mini torture devices than foot holders. To keep those feet happy, women’s barefoot dress shoes should be:

  • Flat
  • Flexible
  • Foot Shaped
A woman's bare foot between two similar black knit flats - Rothy's and Xero Phoenix barefoot ballet flat. There is a green check over Xero and a red x over Rothy's.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of barefoot shoes!

But that doesn’t mean you have to wear frumpy shoes! This list of barefoot dress shoes for women meets my healthy shoe standards but are also stylish and can be worn with trendy outfits. These are the barefoot dress shoes I wear when I want to look and feel fabulous! Let’s dig in.

If you’re looking for men’s styles, check out this list of the Best Men’s Barefoot Dress Shoes.

The Best Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes

Before we get going, you might find some terms you’re not used to here. Check out this article to learn more about how to measure your feet, pick a size, and understand what type of foot you have!

Shapen Poppy

Leather | $125 | Sizes 36-43 | Available At:

Use code ANYA5 for 5% off any Shapen purchase! These are also available at Anya’s Shop (but stock is often limited due to their popularity)

What I Love About Them: Obviously, I love that they’re adorable! They are IMO the best-looking barefoot dress shoe in existence. Whenever I want to really dress up these are the shoes I reach for. The open space lengthens the legs and the detailing on the vamp keeps the wide toe box from looking like a blob. It’s hard to find a classy shoe that doesn’t squish your toes, but the Shapen Poppy is exactly that! The soles are also very thin and flexible.

Sizing & Fit Type: A shoe with this much open space is a bit fussy to get right. They run long and you don’t want much extra space or they flop, so most people size down one. I wear a size 36 because that’s the smallest they go, but I could fit into a 35 (my normal dress shoe size is 36). They come in two widths, Regular & Wide. Regular is still wider than most dress shoes you find and fits my wide feet. I would only choose wide if you have extra wide feet.

A comparison of regular and wide Shapen Poppy stylish barefoot ballet flats

Shapen Barefoot has quite a few other pretty barefoot dress shoes, my second favorite is the Calla sandal. These are one of the prettiest women’s barefoot sandals for an extra wide foot!

A top down view of a pair of feet standing on concrete wearing Shapen Barefoot Calla Sandals in Rose gold

Read my full Shapen Barefoot review for more info on this brand.


Designed by Anya Boots & Loafers

Leather | $120-170 | Sizes EU 34-45 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: After years of hunting for the perfect ankle boot & loafer, I did a thing. In October of 2021 I launched a line of women’s barefoot dress shoes that perfectly captured the chic look I was craving in my shoes. The Yasemin is a loafer and the Rosa & Lila are western inspired ankle boots. They are the perfect end caps to all my outfits and make me feel like I’m not missing out on any style fun.

These shoes are made of a high quality leather upper and a durable buffalo hide sole. This type of sole feels stiff when brand new but warms up and softens and molds to your foot as you wear them. The thin rubber outsole provides some traction and protection from water/mud, and because they are hand stitched they can be repaired and resoled repeatedly at a cobbler!

Sizing & Fit Type: These barefoot dress shoes have an average to wide toe box shape, and are high volume through the midfoot. Some people have wondered why I didn’t make lower volume shoes because I have low volume feet, but these designs don’t lend themselves well for a low volume fit. I wear mine with a tongue pad in the upper to get a good fit.

A top down view of a pair of feet standing on pavement wearing cuffed jeans and leopard print calf hair barefoot loafers in a natural foot shape from Anya's Shop - The Yasemin

Groundies Ballet Flats

Leather | $109 | Sizes EU 36-43 | Available At:

Select Groundies styles available at Anya’s Shop

What I Love About Them: Groundies makes beautiful barefoot ballet flats in different colors – it’s a great place to get closet staples as well as more exciting colors and styles. The quality is consistently top notch and they go with my professional outfits seamlessly.

The soles are very soft and flexible, making Groundies ballet flats some of my most comfortable barefoot dress shoes. And they really look just like your typical ballet flat minus the pinchy toe box. I replaced some old flats I had hung on to for too long with my Groundies and my toes are so much happier.

Sizing & Fit Type: Groundies ballet flats are true to size and fit an average or moderately wide foot best. Because ballet flats have no straps or adjustments they can be a little trickier to fit, so if you have an extra wide forefoot or narrow heel you might have some issues. I keep moleskin on hand for any heel slipping!

Read my full Groundies Felicia Review for more in-depth info on fit and picking a size

a close up of a hand holding a rolled up Groundies Felicia barefoot ballet flat to show its flexibility

Crupon Sandals

Leather | Grounding Option | $175 | Sizes 5U-12U | Available At:

Use code ANYA for 10% off your purchase

What I Love About Them: Crupon Sandals didn’t use to make barefoot shoes, but I was so in love with their rustic handmade shoes I managed to convince them to try their hand at a wider, thinner version. It turned out to be such a hit among their customers that they now make barefoot versions of many of their beautiful flats and sandals.

I wouldn’t wear them to a professional workplace, but I find that they pair beautifully with dresses and skirts for church, weddings, brunch, etc.

Sizing & Fit Type: Crupon’s barefoot line fits wide feet well, but is probably not best for extra wide feet. They have a mountain shape to them and fit closely around the heel and ankle so they don’t flop around. The Febo & Febo Cross fit high volume over the ball of the foot, and the others fit medium volume.

Read my full Crupon Sandals review for all the sizing/ordering details.


Softstar Ballerine

Leather | Grounding Option | $175 | Sizes 5U-12U | Available At:

What I Love About Them: For a little while I had a long-distance obsession with Tieks. I adored the bright colors and many options, but never kept any because they hurt my toes so badly! So when I saw that you can customize Softstar flats in 30+ different colors I did a happy dance – the look and quality of Tieks but no pinched toes!

They are all handmade with durable leather, and you can feel that they are sturdy. The sole is slightly cushioned, so if you are new to barefoot shoes or don’t want a thin sole these are a good option. You can find the grounding option with a leather sole here.

Sizing & Fit Type: Softstar Ballerines come in Regular and Wide. I went with a Regular size 5U (equivalent to a US women’s 6 or EU 36), not wanting to risk my heel slipping out of the wide width (you can see in the photo below that the Wide is wider throughout the shoe). Once again, even a regular fits my wide feet but I definitely needed to break them in first. However, if you have extra wide feet the Wide is a great option.

For in-depth sizing and fit info + a comparison of Regular and Wide, read my full Softstar Ballerine review.


Zaqq Barefoot

Leather | $160-$180 | Sizes EU 37-48 | Available At:

We also carry the Riquet at Anya’s Shop whenever we can, but they don’t stay in stock for long.

What I Love About Them: Zaqq carries a dizzying amount of beautiful women’s dress shoes, but my two favorites are the Qerp Loafer and the Riquet boot. The fit and comfort on both is just perfection, and I find they are so versatile to wear. Plus they are styles you don’t find anywhere else.

Zaqq can be a little harder to order from because the website is geared toward German customers and their customer service is slow to respond. But these two shoes have worked out so well for me I had to include them. And many others are loving their other beautiful styles as well.

The Qerp is the perfect classic loafer with a velvety suede and metallic braided strap. The Riquet is simple, but sleek and the buckle gives them a sexy edge. Both have lasted for years and still look beautiful.

Sizing & Fit Type: Zaqq Barefoot shoes are medium width – a little wider than brands like Vivobarefoot and Xero. They fit true to size and medium volume. That means I can fit an insole inside both shoes to get a more secure fit.

Zaqq sandals tend to fit rather high volume, so be aware of that if you have shallow feet.

Read this full Zaqq Barefoot brand review for more details.

Zaqq Barefoot Qerp Loafers Sole Shape

Xero Shoes Phoenix

Vegan | $75 | Sizes US 5-11 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: These are the Little Black Flats that look chic and go with everything. I love a little toe box detail and the Phoenix has just the right amount of it to look classy while still allowing for a natural toe splay. The knit version is soft and stretchy, and the best part is they come in a bunch of different colors! Xero also has a leather version but I don’t love it. It feels too narrow on my toes and too wide on my heel, and not nearly soft enough. If you have straight feet that are on the narrower side it could work. Otherwise, I recommend the knit. The sole is a medium thickness, so work well for people who want a bit of cushion.

Sizing & Fit Type: These flats run true to size, and they come with a removable insole if you have high volume feet. I got my usual size women’s 6 (EU 36) and they stay on my foot well. But like most flats on my narrow heels, if I really get moving they want to flop off. The material does stretch a little over time, so if they feel a bit snug at first you should be good.

Read my in-depth Xero Phoenix review for all the details!

Xero Phoenix vegan affordable barefoot ballet flat sole shape

Lisbeth Joe

Leather | $120 | Sizes US Womens 5-12 | Available At:

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What I Love About Them: Lisbeth Joe is a US brand that focuses entirely on women’s stylish and dressy barefoot shoe options. The Paris is an upscale mary jane with a scallop detail on the toe box and a decorative pearl clasp (it’s really a bit of elastic there, so would be difficult for high volume feet to wear).

Another Lisbeth Joe Model I love is the Milan sandal. This one is made with satin fabric and leather insoles. Harare is another dressy women’s barefoot shoe that just can’t be beat. The scallop detail is perfect, and the color options are exactly what I want in a stylish shoe. I love it when a dressy barefoot ballet flat has an ankle strap, because they fit more securely while still looking classy. The taupe color is like nude for me, and they work for every day, date night, and even extra dressy occasions. They now also offer the Paris Mary Jane which is similar to the Harare but with a strap across the foot, and some lovely dressy sandals.

Sizing & Fit Type: I wear a 6.5 in the Paris, a 7 in the London loafer, and a 6 in the Milan sandal. So sizing depends on the model and it’s a good idea to consult the size chart before ordering. The close toes shoes fit a little narrow on my toes but I’ve had good success stretching them out by stuffing the toe box with socks or tissue overnight.

Lisbeth Joe shoes tend to work best for high volume foot, so really aren’t optimal for my low volume feet (the Paris being an exception). But I love them and make them work. Some people with extra wide high volume feet are able to size up for even more toe space.

Read this review for more info on the Lisbeth Joe brand.

Lisbeth Joe dressy barefoot shoes for women ballet flats sole shape

The Lisbeth Joe Harare you see above will be restocked in 2023.


Grecian Sandals

Leather | $75-80 | Sizes US Womens 4-12 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: Grecian Sandals are the perfect replacement for strappy heels. They are the dressiest barefoot sandals at the cheapest price! You can choose from a few different styles made with a flexible Vibram outsole and lots of color options. They were perfect for my sister’s wedding last year and I just really enjoy wearing them. The metallic leather has help up well without scuffing and they continue to feel great and look beautiful.

If you go to the main Grecian Sandals Etsy page you’ll see many more styles that you can request to be made zero drop, but the soles on those are stiffer than the Vibram sandals linked above. I have both, and I really prefer the flexibility of the Vibram sole. If you see a style you really love you can always ask Natasa if she can special make it for you on a Vibram sole.

Sizing & Fit Type: Grecian sandals fit average to wide feet. I am wearing mine in a women’s 6 and I consider them to be true to size. The ankle portion tends to fit higher volume feet best, but Natasa can add more buckle holes and adjust the strap length according to your foot type (leave a note for her at checkout with your request). Because I have a wide forefoot I asked for a wider strap on this sandal model and it worked out perfectly for me.

A woman standing wearing white dress pants and Grecian sandals metallic barefoot dress shoes

Vivobarefoot

Leather | $220 | Sizes EU 35-43 | Available At:

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What I Love About Them: In the past Vivobarefoot was hit or miss with women’s dress shoes, but lately they’ve been really hitting the mark. You can now find several classic staples that don’t detract from your killer outfit, regardless of what your style preference is.

My personal favorite is the Chelsea boot – It has a sleek, close fit that makes them one of the best dressy barefoot boots. I find they look great with most of my outfits and they’re really comfortable too! I also love the Opanka loafer, the Ryder boot, and the Gobi Hi lace up. You can find a range of sleek dress shoe options that work with dresses, slacks, skinny jeans, leggings, you name it.

The biggest downside to the Vivobarefoot boot line is that they aren’t available year round. So if you’re reading this in the spring or summer, be sure to check out my full list of barefoot chelsea boots for more options.

Sizing & Fit Type: Vivobarefoot generally fits true to size and medium width, but you can size up if you want a little more width. The Geo Chelsea, Ryder, and Opanka slip-on have a low volume fit, so aren’t ideal for high volume feet. The Gobi and Ra work much better for high volume feet because of the laces.

If you have extra wide, thick feet this might not be the best brand for you.

Upper and Outsole shape of Vivobarefoot Fulham barefoot chelsea boot

Runner Ups

FeelBarefoot Oxfords & Brogues

Leather | $100 | Sizes EU 34-50 | Available at:

Use code ANYASREVIEWS30 for 5-10% off

What I Love About Them: These are one of the cheapest places you can find dressy barefoot oxfords and brogues, and you can order them in tons of different colors. They are beautiful and they wear well, and are reparable as needed. In particular the brogue style is beautifully done.

Sizing & Fit Type: These oxfords fit a little bit small in my opinion, and are high volume. They gape around my thin ankles and they fit me best with a tongue pad.

Read my FeelBarefoot review for the full details!


Be Lenka Ballet Flats

Leather | $120- $140 | Sizes EU 36-43 | Available at:

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off from Be Lenka, or you can also find a selection of these in the Discounted Seconds portion of Anya’s Shop.

What I Love About Them: Be Lenka ballet flats have a little bit more sole to them than other barefoot flats, so can be a good option for people on their feet all day. They are simple, but streamlined and classy and they work well just about any dressy or stylish outfit.

Sizing & Fit Type: Because these flats have a little more structure to them I found them too tight in size 36, so I went up to a 37 (I’m often in between the two). They are best for medium width feet.


Duchess & Fox

Leather | $120 | Sizes US 5-11 | Available at:

Use code ANYA for 10% off

What I Love About Them: Duchess & Fox flats are so soft and they have lots of toe space for wide feet. They feel like baby shoes! But are feminine and stylish with pretty color options. This brand fits Samantha’s wide, high volume feet much better than mine (she’s modeling both pairs above), but I feel like this brand is a fabulous find for the stylish barefooter.

You just need to be aware that returns are not accepted at D&F, so make sure you double check your size!

Sizing & Fit Type: D&F shoes fit extra wide both in the forefoot and through the middle. The snap closures have two settings – the larger one is good for high volume feet and the smaller is good for medium and low volume.

Read our full Duchess & Fox review for all the details you need.


Zlatush T-Strap Flat

Leather | Grounding & Custom Option | $150 | Sizes EU 36-45 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: This vintage style of flat cannot be found anywhere else in a natural shape. They are buttery soft and very wide in the toe box. Plus, you can choose from a bajillion different color options! I have bought two pairs of shoes from Zlatica and can vouch for her as a shoemaker, but the process of ordering can feel intimidating. You communicate with her by e-mail and your order is placed in a queue. Once she gets to yours, you pay for it, she makes it, and then sends them on to you! I chose a ready made style, but you can also do a custom order.

Sizing & Fit Type: Zlatica is accustomed to adding plenty of space in her shoes and I find they run on the big side. I have one pair in a size 36 that is roomy, and another in a 35 that is glove-like. For this style of shoe I prefer the smaller size. I also gave her my instep measurement to make sure that she made the ankle strap small enough since I have shallow feet. The toe box has a lot of height as well.

Zlatush dressy barefoot shoes for women sole shape

Gea Soles

Gea Soles Flats | Leather | Grounding Option | $115 | Custom Made | Available At:

What I Love About Them: Gea Soles Yrsa and Tarian flats have a rustic old world feel to them. The detailing on them disguises the width, and you can choose from a variety of rich naturally dyed leathers. I am always so comfortable in my Gea Soles flats, and they give my outfit that unique touch. They are not as fancy as other options, but I love pairing them with flowy dresses and wide leg pants. I have one pair with a rubber sole and one with a super minimal leather outsole. I love both!

Sizing & Fit Type: Each pair is custom made, so you don’t need to pick a size. But you should familiarize yourself with how to measure your feet. It can feel intimidating to order custom shoes, but if you take your time and communicate clearly you should have success. Esther tends to make her shoes roomy, so expect lots of toe space.

Read my full Gea Soles review for more info on ordering!


The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes For Narrow Feet

Here are a few adorable barefoot dress shoe options I’ve found for narrow feet! If you have trouble with barefoot dress shoes being too wide for you, this is the list for you.

Ahinsa vegan narrow ballet flats with anatomical toe box

Ahinsa – You can find narrow and extra narrow widths from this vegan brand. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off


Angles Fashion slim barefoot ballet flat Antiopa style

Angles Fashion – Ballet flats marked as “slim” are suitable for narrow feet, but still have a foot shaped toe box. Use code ANYA for 5% off

Read my Angles Fashion Review here


a top down image of a pair of feet wearing crupon sandals Trevi model in brown color to show women's barefoot dress shoe options

Crupon Sandals – Use code ANYA for 10% off! The Barefoot line has a wide toe box, but the rest fit a narrower foot. Make sure you select the no heel option.


leopard print storehouse flats barefoot dress shoes for women

Storehouse Flats – We carry some colors of these at Anya’s Shop!


Ursanina affordable barefoot dress shoes

Ursanina – You can have these custom made to your measurements, but the seller tends to make them on the narrow side regardless.


The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Wide Feet

Got primal toes? Here you can find the widest women’s barefoot dress shoes that I’ve encountered. Oh, and don’t forget the Shapen flats and Softstar Ballerines in wide that I reviewed above!

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

Softstar Primal Merry Jane – Read my full Primal Merry Jane review for all the details.


Front Angle view of Handmade in the USA Duchess and Fox leather dress flats for Women

Duchess & Fox – Handmade super soft and flexible mary janes, t-straps, and oxfords! Use code ANYA for 10% off! They’re really lovely. Read my D&F Review here


a top down view of a pair of feet wearing leopard bring barefoot sandals from Everleigh meadows

Everleigh Meadow – These handmade leather shoes come in 3 different widths with a very detailed size chart to help you choose the best fit for you.


Gea Soles Yrsa flat barefoot dress shoe review close up

Gea Soles – Each pair is custom made, and the seller leaves plenty of toe space.


A close up of a pair of Velvet Ballet Pumps from Tadeevo showing the top and side profile of the shoes.

Tadeevo Ballet Pumps – Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off


Magical Shoes Ballerina barefoot ballet flats for wide feet

Magical Shoes Ballerina – Use code ANYA for 10% off


Vegan Barefoot Dress Shoes

Ahinsa barefoot minimalist ballet flats

Ahinsa Ballerinas – Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off


A close up of a pair of Velvet Ballet Pumps from Tadeevo showing the top and side profile of the shoes.

Tadeevo Ballet Pumps – Velvet & Mesh are vegan. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off


A close up angled side view of a woman's feet in Xero Phoenix black knit dress flats

Xero Phoenix Knit – Available in 6 colors!


More Options

In addition to the ones above, here are a few more resources you can use to find you perfect barefoot dress shoes in whatever style you are looking for.

Affordable Barefoot Dress Shoes

Here are the barefoot dress shoes for women I’ve tried that cost $100 or less

The Complete Dress Shoes List

The Complete List of Barefoot Dress Shoes for Women at Anya's Reviews dot com

For a regularly updated list of all the women’s barefoot dress shoes available by category, head here.

Sandals

A photo collage of the sme woman in 6 different outfits and stylish barefoot sandals for women - softstar solstice, grecian sandals, vivobarefoot kuru, zeazoo symphony, luna brujita, and Crupon Febo Barefoot

My top 10 picks for stylish barefoot sandals for women.

Loafers

Top view of Lisbeth Joe Leopard London loafers, a stylish barefoot flat for high volume feet.

Here you can find 14 Stylish Barefoot Loafers That Don’t Pinch Your Toes

Wedding Shoes

Circle of fancy barefoot shoes for weddings - Softstar, Zeazoo, Shapen, Unshoes, Savopoulos, Be Lenka, High Feels, Grecian Sandals

And here is my guide to wearing Barefoot Shoes To A Wedding (Bride, Wedding Party, or Guest!)

Ballet Flats

A variety of barefoot Ballet flats in an arch shape

Click here for A Guide To Barefoot Ballet Flats + a full list of options

And don’t forget that you can find a list of over 30 professional men’s style barefoot dress shoes here!

Conclusion

The beauty of barefoot dress shoes is that they look great, but they’re also practical for lots of walking and being on your feet. I am done torturing myself to look nice! If you are also tired of foot pain and/or want to prevent future bunions or foot deformities, barefoot dress shoes for women are the answer.

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26 thoughts on “The 10 Best Stylish Barefoot Dress Shoes for Women”

  1. Hi Anya, I love your website and it’s loaded with info. I’m going to a nearby barefoot store on Thursday (first time) to get some more info and try some actual shoes on. I’m afraid for how it will look, because you are so lucky to look skinny, but wearing flat shoes in a EU size 41 and have bigger legs… Not sure how I will look. Let’s be honest, I know my health is more important, but heels does make you legs look sexy… I almost never wear heels anymore, almost only sneakers, but I know that very flat shoes make me look heavy… But I will try 🙂
    Thank you for your great website!!

    1. Hi Iris! That’s exciting that you are able to try on barefoot shoes in person. I understand the dilemma, high heels can look very nice. And you’ll probably be ok if you save them for special occasions. But I really believe that confidence in your skin is the sexiest thing a person can wear! A few small tweaks can also make a big difference, like adjusting the hemline of your skirts because your shoes are flat. I hope you find something that you feel great in AND love the way you look in.

  2. Hi there! I just started doing a bit of work on my feet, and I’d like to eventually move from regular shoes to barefoot shoes, but I’m aware that the transition may take some time and adjustment. I am wondering if you have a recommendation for “in between” or “transition” shoes – I’m not sure if that’s the correct term, but a shoe that bridges the gap between regular shows and barefoot shoes.

    So happy to have found your website. So much great information!

  3. Hi Anya, thanks for providing us with so much useful information. I still have difficulty with wearing barefoot shoes in more formal occasions though, since I’m quite small (5’5”) and I don’t know how to wear barefoot shoes with wide style pants or maxi skirts f.e. Especially wide dressy pants are really difficult, because when I don’t wear high heels I look really unbalanced quickly. I have a similar build to yours. Do you have any ideas or examples about barefoot shoes I could wear with pants. Slim or skinny jeans are no problem. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Jacqueline, For me the hemline is critical. I usually need to take the hemline up an inch or so for it to be balanced with my flat shoes, and it makes all the difference for wide leg pants and longer skirts. I also choose shoes with narrow ankle openings so it is seamless with my legs (like the Vivobarefoot Fulham), or something with an open cut to show more skin and visually add length (like the Shapen Poppy or Crupon Trevi). And all black shoes tend to look narrower than light colored shoes (I also find neutral skin-toned options to be the same). Hope that helps!

      1. Hi Anya, thanks a lot! I will try shortening my hemlines a bit, to see how that goes. I did not know that black shoes looked slimmer, but it makes sense. really helpful suggestions.

  4. Hi Anya, thank you so much for your great resource! A very painful foot led my to your website and I’m now a year into foot exercises and transitioning into barefoot shoes. I find it very hard to find any dress shoes that goes with my big bunions :-(. I tried the Belenka Bellissima but it is way too narrow for my bunions. Any advice on dressy shoes or sandals when you have bunions (I’m in Europe)?
    Thank you in advance!

      1. I have bunions and arthritis in my feet so prefer cute flat shoes with a wide toe box like you suggest here. I would buy nearly all of them EXCEPT I have severe arthritis in both knees so I have to have very well cushioned bottoms which helps eliminate the stress on my knee joints. Think Hokas but in a cute closed toe flat. I’m going to a dressy holiday cocktail party and am at a loss for shoes.

        1. Hi Krista! For something that has a lot more cushion, I would look at Oesh Shoes. They have the thickest, zero drop sole on an anatomically shaped dress flat I’ve ever seen. Another option is to add a NorthSole insole to some of these thinner flats listed here. And finally, you could look at brands like Duckfeet or Vibae. They are not zero drop, but you get a more anatomical shape than you typically find.

  5. Hello Anya,
    I’d like to ask you how the soft the leather is in Zlatush shoes compared to GeaSoles? I have a pair of GeaSoles Yrsa, and the leather was wonderfully soft and supple from the start (no ‘breaking in’ needed at all). Previously I had the opportunity to try some Elafaustus shoes (former Botky Mechovky), and I was surprised how stiff and hard the leather was on those. Now I’m wondering about the Zlatush: are they as soft as the GeaSoles, or stiffer? Thank you!

    1. Ela Faustus does indeed use a much thicker/sturdier leather. ZlaTush leather is medium thickness, but very soft and supple. I’d say even softer than Gea Soles (though thicker).

  6. Hi, Anya.
    I, too, fell in love with The Drifter Leather offerings. I just received the pair of Passion Ballet Flats that popped up on their website in my size. They are gorgeous! Well made and fit me like a glove. One question: how does one get on their mailing list? Just email them I want to be added, or is there another way? I look forward to more shoes and boots (so in love with the slouch boot) becoming orderable. Thank you for the recommendation of TDL.

    1. Yes that is what I would do. There used to be an email sign up on their website, but I don’t see it anymore. I’m glad you love them!

  7. Hello,

    Would the xerox phoenix be good for someone just starting to transition to barefoot? (I’m a teacher, so I’m on my feet all day, and I know this will take time to transition but this brand is a little more affordable than oesh, so wondering how the cushion is. Any other affordable brands of dress shoes that are good for starting out?

    Thanks!

    1. I think they work well as a transition shoe! They are definitely thinner than Oesh by quite a bit, but not thinner than your standard ballet flat (Lucky, Rothy’s, Tieks, etc). I think they’re probably the most affordable dressy option that is decent for transitioning.

  8. Hi Anya,

    Have you ever had a problem with any of these shoes (particularly the Shapen Poppies) hurting & cutting into your ankles? This has been a problem for me over the years with regular shoes (whether ballerina, Vans, boat shoes, etc.), it will feel comfortable at first, but then after walking in them for even a few minutes, my ankles start to feel irritated….. not every shoe is like that, it really just depends on the brand & design.

    Thanks!

    1. I haven’t had that problem with the Poppy’s but I do have sensitive heels because I have a Haglund’s deformity. I use heel grips and moleskin to keep it from rubbing if a shoe is irritating the area. It might be something like that, or a sensitive Achilles.

  9. Is there a leather option similar to the high feels or the new lisbeth joe sandals? I love the look but don’t love cactus/plastic leather.

    1. I would check out Grecian Sandals on Etsy! You’ll have to ask her if your desired model can be made on a Vibram outsole, I don’t think every style can. But she has tons of different strap designs and will work with you.

  10. I love that you note whether a vegan option is available. That saves me a lot of time and determining which items to look at more closely. Highly recommend updating previous posts to include that same information. Thank you!

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