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.

*Side Note! If you’re looking for men’s styles, check out this post for a list of Men’s Barefoot Dress Shoe Options.

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!

1. Shapen Poppy

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.

Read my full review for more detailed info on the Shapen Poppy

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

2. Groundies Bella

Groundies Bella | Leather & Vegan Option | $109 | Sizes Eu 36-43 | Available At:

Select Groundies styles available at Anya’s Shop

What I Love About Them: The Groundies Bella is a simple barefoot ballet flat that I happily used to replace some old pinchy ones. They come in the best colors for dressing up fancy (metallic, white, taupe, brown, black, navy), and are extremely light. I think that’s what I love best about them, they’re just so breezy and effortless to throw on but still adorable. They have the best ground feel and flexibility I’ve experienced in a barefoot dress shoe as well.

Sizing & Fit Type: The Groundies Bella has an open cut and the most common complaint about them is that they slip off narrow heels. I have narrow heels myself, but in my usual flat size (36) these work well for me. If I break into a sprint or dance routine they will probably go flying, but for walking and casual wear I have no problem. They fit my wide feet no problem, and would likely be too wide for narrow feet.

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

Groundies Bella stylish barefoot ballet flats sole shape

3. Softstar Ballerine

Softstar Ballerine | Leather | Grounding Option | $155 | 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! Naturally, when I saw that you can customize Softstar flats in 30+ different colors I did a happy dance! 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.

4. Zaqq Qerp

Zaqq Qerp | Leather | $175 | Sizes EU 37-42 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: I love loafers very much, and the Zaqq Qerp is the perfect barefoot alternative. They are a velvety suede with a metallic braided strap, and are soft and comfortable. The metallic strap really gives it that something extra, there isn’t anything else like it yet in barefoot shoes! If you like loafers but want to check out some other styles, here is a list of 14 barefoot loafer options.

Sizing & Fit Type: Zaqq Barefoot shoes are medium width – a little wider than brands like Vivobarefoot and Xero. Since they don’t come in a size 36, I got a 37. They are a little loose, but I think a size 36 would have been narrow for me anyways. I use an extra insole to keep my foot from sliding around (you can also add a tongue pad for this!), and problem solved! Would work well for high volume feet.

Read this full Zaqq Barefoot brand review for more details.

Zaqq Barefoot Qerp Loafers Sole Shape

5. 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 some of the 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 quite roomy, so expect lots of toe space.

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

Gea Soles barefoot dress shoes for women Tarian sole shape
Leather outsole on my Gea Soles Tarian Flats

6. Xero Shoes Phoenix

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

These go in and out of stock! If you’re following me on social media I’ll share when they restock.

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

7. Zlatush T-Strap Flat

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 a barefoot shoemaker and is accustomed to adding plenty of space in her shoes. I have one pair in a size 36 that fits quite roomily, and another in a size 35 that is more glove-like. She recommended the size 36 to me based on my measurements, but I actually prefer the size 35 because I like my dress shoes to fit closely and securely. So, take this into account depending on how you like your shoes to fit. I also gave her my instep measurement to make sure that she made the ankle strap small enough since I have low arches and thin ankles.

Zlatush dressy barefoot shoes for women sole shape

8. Lisbeth Joe Harare

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

Get 5% off with code ANYASREVIEWS

What I Love About Them: The Lisbeth Joe 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. Lisbeth Joe is low in stock because of manufacturing delays, but the Harare will be restocked in 2023. They now also offer the Paris Mary Jane which is similar to the Harare but with a strap across the foot.

Sizing & Fit Type: Sizing on the Harare is a bit confusing. They run small, so people are usually sizing up a full size. I have a US 7 in mine, and they fit my length but are loose and would flop everywhere without the ankle strap. They are definitely made for a high volume foot, so really aren’t optimal for my low volume feet (you can see some gaping around the edges). But I love them and make them work. They fit a medium width, but some with extra wide feet are sizing up even more with success.

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

Lisbeth Joe dressy barefoot shoes for women ballet flats sole shape

9. High Feels

High Feels Sandal No. 5 | Vegan | $150 | Sizes EU 35-43 | Available At:

What I Love About Them: High Feels sandals are the perfect replacement for strappy heels, they are possibly the dressiest barefoot sandals out there! They are for sure the dressiest vegan barefoot shoe. I love how understated and effortlessly classy they are. You can choose from a Y strap or a tie to go around the ankle. I love the Y strap because there is a little hook that makes it so you don’t have to do the buckle every time. The ties are fun, but a little more fussy and you have to really pull the knot tight or they will loosen over time.

Sizing & Fit Type: High Feels are average to narrow width for a barefoot shoe. I have a pair in a size 36 and 37, and my feet hang over the sides in the 36 (brown) and the 37 is just a bit long. I still wear both happily, and both sizes fit my low volume feet. I think that if you had high arches they would be quite snug – even with the adjustable strap. Select styles are now available on a wider outsole! They are marked as “wide” on the website and printable templates are available for both sole shapes.

High Feels vegan barefoot dress shoes for women sandals sole shape

10. Vivobarefoot Fulham

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

The Fulham has been updated for Fall 2022 and is now called the Geo Chelsea

Gets 10% off with code VBANYA

What I Love About Them: There are actually many barefoot boots that are dressy and stylish that I love. But if I have to narrow it down to one that works with almost any dressy outfit I own, it’s the Vivo Fulham. They are sleek, shiny, and have a stylish fit that cuts in close around the ankle. Since it’s already low in stock for the season, be sure to check out my full list of barefoot chelsea boots for more options.

Sizing & Fit Type: The Fulham fits wider than most Vivobarefoot shoes. I normally have to wear all my Vivo shoes barefoot to be comfortable, but I can wear even thick wool socks in my Fulhams. They do run long-ish, but I can’t size down.

Read my full Vivobarefoot Fulham review for more in-depth info!

Upper and Outsole shape of Vivobarefoot Fulham barefoot chelsea boot

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.

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 – Use code ANYA for 10% off! They’re delightfully flexible and soft. Read my D&F Review here

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.

Dextra Perspective barefoot minimalist vegan ballet flats

Dextra Perspective – These custom made affordable flats are great if you can’t fit into standard sizes!

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

More Options

In addition to the ones above, here are a few more of my personal favorite barefoot dress shoes in specific styles that I love and wear often. If you’d like to keep perusing, make sure you check out my Complete List of Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes for even more options!


These stylish women’s barefoot dress boots are what I wear when dressing up in cold weather!


These women’s barefoot dress sandals work great as every day sandals, but also can be paired with skirts and dresses.

  • Grecian Sandals – This shop makes zero drop sandals by request, but you have to be careful about which model you order. This sandal here is my personal fave, just make sure to request a back strap for security, no heel, and a natural leather sole with no stitching. The ones with stitching and the all black soles are narrower and really stiff.
  • Be Lenka Grace – The gold ones are perfect! We carry them seasonally at Anya’s Shop.
  • Lonnies Sandals (EU only) – I have these in Sunset Gold and they’re super comfortable but look fab with dress clothes
  • Tikki Vibe – slightly more casual, but still a good dressy option. We also carry these seasonally at Anya’s Shop.
  • Crupon Febo Barefoot – Use code ANYA for 10% off your order! The Barefoot line has a wide toe box and thinner sole, but you can order any Crupon sandal with no heel.

Affordable Options

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

And here are a few more articles I’ve written on barefoot dress shoes for women!

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


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!)

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


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?


    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.


    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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