There are some pretty dang cheap shoes out there in the world and barefoot shoe brands can’t always compete. Why is that? There are a lot of costs that go into manufacturing and marketing a barefoot shoe that most customers are not aware of – from custom lasts and molds, to labor costs for handmade products, and the fact that thin, flexible materials actually cost more to manufacture. Here is a thorough discussion of what it takes to make barefoot shoes and why they are sometimes more expensive than their non-barefoot counterparts.
But not all barefoot shoes are expensive, in fact many are comparable to other shoes on the market. Here you can find a list of Affordable Barefoot Shoe Options, and you can use the filters on the Barefoot Shoe Finder to browse by price range.