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
- The Best Women’s Barefoot Dress Shoes
- The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes For Narrow Feet
- The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Wide Feet
- Vegan Barefoot Dress Shoes
- More Options
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:
- Foot Shaped
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:
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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.
2. Groundies Bella
Groundies Bella | Leather & Vegan Option | $109 | Sizes Eu 36-43 | Available At:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Lisbeth Joe Harare
Lisbeth Joe Harare | Leather | $120 | Sizes US Womens 5-12 | Available At:
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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.
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.
10. Vivobarefoot Fulham
Vivobarefoot Fulham | Leather | $220 | Sizes EU 35-43 | Available At:
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Gea Soles – Each pair is custom made, and the seller leaves plenty of toe space.
Dextra Perspective – These custom made affordable flats are great if you can’t fit into standard sizes!
Tadeevo Ballet Pumps – Use code
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Magical Shoes Ballerina – Use code
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Vegan Barefoot Dress Shoes
Ahinsa Ballerinas – Use code
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Tadeevo Ballet Pumps – Velvet & Mesh are vegan. Use code
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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!
- Anya’s Shop Lila & Rosa – These stylish chelsea boots were designed by me with foot health and style in mind!
- Zaqq Riquet & Equity – We carry the Riquet at Anya’s Shop!
- The Drifter Leather (any of their boots)
- Mukishoes Chelsea – Use code
ANYASREVIEWSfor 10% off
- Be Lenka Sierra – Also available at Anya’s Shop!
- Groundies Odessa – Also available from Groundies Amazon
- Vivobarefoot Gobi Hi
- Shapen Ivy – Use code
ANYA5for 5% off any Shapen purchase. These are also available at Anya’s Shop (stock is low but check back for a restock!) Read my Shapen review here
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
ANYAfor 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.
Here are the barefoot dress shoes for women I’ve tried that cost $100 or less
- Dextra Perspective – ($70) Another custom flat!
- The Storehouse Flats – $60-$75. My review here. Some colors available at Anya’s Shop!
- Ursanina Flats – ($50-$70) You can get these custom made to your foot shape!
- Xero Shoes Knit Phoenix ($70). My review here.
- Crupon – Flats are around $100. Use code
ANYAfor 10% off
- Oesh Dream flats – $98 See my review here.
- Paperkrane (formally just a kid’s brand) is adding more options for adults. They have a simple Mary Jane that is $89. Get 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWS
- Softstar Solstice and Merry Jane are both $95
- Tadeevo Ballet Pumps – $99. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off
- Xero Shoes Leather Phoenix ($100). My review here.
And here are a few more articles I’ve written on barefoot dress shoes for women!
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.