Are There Non-Slip Barefoot Shoes for the Service Industry?

A pair of zero drop, wide toe box non slip barefoot shoes from Birchbury

Thankfully you have several options to choose from if you need work shoes. Here are the best non-slip barefoot shoes for people working in restaurants, healthcare, warehouses or boating.

  • Lems Kourt Grip – This same sole is also available on the Boulder Boot. They are really functional!
  • Xero Prio All-Day SR – Read my review of them here.
  • Birchbury Bramford – in black non-slip. These leather sneakers come with a removable insole that has a low drop, but can easily be replaced. I went up 1/2 size for more toe space.
  • Leguano Care (EU) – Designed for healthcare workers. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off for retailer Mugavik. Also available in Canada.
  • Birkenstock QO 500 – Non-slip work shoe that is zero drop with insole removed.
  • Barebarics Zoom
  • Astral Loyak – These are boating shoes with a grippy, non-slip sole. Remove the insole to be zero drop and note that they are a narrower option.

The following weren’t designed for industry workers, but still might work because they have a grippier outsole than most barefoot shoes.

  • Be Lenka Glide – Be Lenka Barefoot released a new slip-resistant outsole in 2021.
  • Groundies Original Sole – Groundies Barefootwear has 3 different outsoles. Anything made with the original TrueSense sole is slip-resistant (but not non-slip).
  • Bohempia – These are popular among skateboarders, and the slip-resistant outsole can also work for nursing/ food service.
  • Xero Shoes 360 – These are meant to be grippy for quick lateral movement, but can also work in other situations!

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  1. Hi! I was just wondering how you know the Barebarics Zoom is non-slip because I checked through the shoe details on the Barebarics website and Be Lenka website, and couldn’t find anything about restaurants, nursing, boating, or non-slip. The only description of the sole is “soft synthetic rubber with high wear-and-tear resistance.”

    1. They aren’t marketing them for the service industry, but they’ve confirmed that the soles are indeed non-slip. Whether it is non-slip enough for an individual’s needs I can’t say for sure, but when I tested them out for my review they were quite grippy.

      1. I don’t like the look of those but I’m seeing that the barebarics Zing that look way better to my taste has the same sole design and specifications, do you think those are going to work too?

        1. Yes, they have the same sole so both have good slip resistance. I like the Zoom because it is wipe-able in case of spills. The all leather Zing would also be wipe-able, but the others wouldn’t be.

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