Will My Feet Change If I Wear Barefoot Shoes?

Once given space to spread out and move freely, feet can change in surprising ways. The most common visible changes are for the toes to spread out and the entire foot to widen and even lengthen. Very flat feet might actually shorten as the arch muscles become more active, and some people find they have a visible arch where none was before. Typically these changes happen slowly over time and in relation to how often you’re barefoot, in barefoot shoes, and/or doing foot exercises.

This can sometimes make buying shoes difficult and is one reason you may want to buy shoes wider than you think you need. But let’s celebrate the adaptability of the human body and that it can revert back to it’s natural shape! These changes are more than aesthetic – your feet are becoming more functional. And don’t forget that having a natural foot shape doesn’t mean you can’t rock the styles you love – that’s what Anya’s Reviews is all about, check out my barefoot shoe styling tips to get started.

If you’d like to see reader submitted foot transformation photos, follow the @ButMakeItBarefoot account on social media!

*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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