Are There Barefoot Shoes With Cushioned Soles?

Closeup of a hand holding 4 pairs of sandals separated by their fingers to show varrying thickness among barefoot sandal brands

Absolutely! Though they aren’t usually called barefoot shoes, you can find natural footwear options that meet all the healthy shoe requirements but have some cushion.

This can be useful (but aren’t a requirement) if you are

  • Transitioning to barefoot shoes
  • Have pain standing all day
  • Run/walk/hike long distances
  • Have lost the fatty tissue on the soles of your feet

Here are a few of my favorites:

A top down view of 6 different pairs of barefoot shoes with cushion, otherwise known as transition shoes or natural footwear. Text overlay says Lems, Barebarics, Altra, Joe Nimble, Oesh, Fyous

To learn more about these brands, plus find more cushioned options, read my Barefoot Shoes for Beginners Article.

Cushioned shoes are not a requirement as you transition to barefoot shoes, but they are here for you if they meet your particular needs best. Read this FAQ to learn more about How To Transition To Barefoot Shoes.

*For the entire searchable FAQ list, visit Barefoot Shoes FAQ

*Disclosure – Anya’s Reviews is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.

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Hi. I'm Anya.

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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