Comprehensive Review of Minimalist Shoe Wear

Below is a comprehensive review of minimalist shoe-wear options that I personally own, love, and recommend. These minimalist shoes allow you to develop healthy, natural foot function, and move the rest of your body and structure naturally.

I have first hand experience with each of these shoe styles, and brands; if you run into any questions regarding any of this information, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Please note, each year, more and more barefoot and minimal shoe companies emerge and so I update this list regularly as I come across new options.


Made by a small, eco conscious company based out of California, Earth Runners are my all time favorite, most loved, most worn shoe. Inspired by the ancient Tarahumara huarache sandals, Earth Runners are equipped with a Vibram® sole, a canvas grip footbed, and a grounded, conductive lacing system. In short, this makes for a durable, protective sole that allows you to feel the ground while providing enough room to spread your toes and enough friction to prevent your foot from sliding around (which happens frequently in modern flip flops and sandals - over time, all that sliding means your toes are having to grip to keep your shoe in place, and results in unnecessary strain).

These sandals not only look great (I have people come up to me all the time to ask where I bought them), but the company offers 3 different sole thicknesses (I recommend starting with the Circadian if this is your first minimal shoe) and a variety of lace colors.