It is often said that you should invest in a good pair of shoes and good mattresses because you spend most of your time in them. Forget the mattress; let us talk about what a good pair shoes can to do to your overall wellbeing. If you have tried on a pair of minimalist shoes then you can relate to the goodness that I am talking about.
Minimalist shoes, or barefoot shoes as popularly known, have gained the attention of most people owing to their versatility. The fact that they strengthen your feet with every single step that you make is a very huge advantage for you. One of the most important elements of a good pair of minimalist pair of shoes is that it offers you the much-desired comfort as you walk around all day.
Not every minimalist shoe will appeal to you, which is why I went searching for what you will find to be absolutely appealing and befitting to your everyday movement needs.
Let’s dive right into the list of the best minimalist everyday shoes:
Best Minimalist Everyday Shoes
Minimalist Everyday Shoes for Men
Geo Court Eco Mens
The first up is Geo Court Eco from Vivobarefoot that is designed to deliver natural performance and improve overall foot strength and mobility.
They’re a men’s everyday barefoot shoe which are designed for premium comfort. These shoes feature leather in their design and construction. Plus, They’re constructed on a signature 3mm barefoot outsole but this is hardly noticeable.
One of the nicer things about this insole isa bio-based Bloom EVA insole. It molds to your feet over time, improving the comfort level of the Geo Court Eco. The texture of the leather is polished, so you can also wear these to work.
The sole is ultra-thin, puncture resistant, and has some light grips for better tread. The shoes let you walk in style with total barefoot movement. Vivobarefoot suggests that you can take these shoes out every day, or use them for working.
When it comes to design, this shoe has minimal yet distance design. The shoe has a premium leather lining and the same hallmarks of other Vivobarefoot shoes. The shoe laces are made from organic cotton that tighten the midsole and heel. If you’re easing into a full-time minimalist shoe life, these straps will give you more control over the fit.
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Inov-8 Bare XF 210 V2 – Barefoot Minimalist Shoes
The Bare-XF 210 V2 is built to bring your foot closer to the ground to give you a more natural walking feel. This is one of the key things that you most likely looking for in any minimalist shoe. The deal gets better with the natural adaptative fit that is offered by these shoes. If you get the right size of these shoes, you will be guaranteed the much-needed ease of movement that comes from having a perfectly fitting shoes that are also very lightweight.
The materials used to make these shoes offer breathability. Smelly feet are deal-breakers and will make you lose more than just your self-esteem. The Bare-XF 210 V2 shoes are here to help you avoid such situations.
I, also, cannot fail to mention that these shoes are best known for their flexibility. The entire shoe is manufactured using Meta-flex technology, which allows for the natural flexing of your forefoot. You do not have to wait until get home to take off your shoes to relieve your toes off the pressure with these shoes.
On the same note, you will benefit a great deal from the adapter web cradle lacing system that is meant to hold your feet in a secure position. You will find this feature quite beneficial in the way your shoes move easily with your foot. With most shoes that do not have this feature, you are likely to feel your shoes slipping off with every step that you take.
Get the look: Inov-8 Bare XF 210 V2 – Barefoot Minimalist Shoes
Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 3 Luna Leather Sneaker
Here is another perfect minimalist shoe that is made of 100% genuine leather. Simply put, I am talking about a minimal look with maximum performance. To begin with, the black leather upper makes these shoes suitable for the office work environment. This comes as a very perfect solution to all those who would like to be walking around in comfortable shoes, without having to sneak in neon running shoes to the office.
The one thing I think the manufacturers did an excellent job with is the creation of the sock-like design, which gives you a perfect locked-down fit. If your description involves moving around a lot, then the last thing you will be worrying about is your shoes slipping off if you are wearing the Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 3 Luna Leather Sneaker. The manufacturer’s meticulousness in the manufacture of shoes is also evident in manner in which they include the soft full-grain leather upper, which gives your foot the right molding.
These minimalist everyday shoes also have a Vibram TC5+ sole that absorbs any unnecessary tension to enable you to move around without straining your feet. This coupled up with the tail protect pad fitted on these shoes always does an excellent job at offering protection for your underfoot.
Get the look: Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 3 Luna Leather Sneaker
Astral Men’s Loyak Everyday Outdoor Minimalist Sneakers
How does a 6.35-ounce shoe feel on your foot? Super comfortable! This is exactly what the Astral Men’s Loyak Everyday Outdoor Minimalist Sneakers aim to achieve. To begin with, you can wear them when traveling, for casual occasions, during boat rides and when walking in areas that have water. This versatility is made possible by the presence of the upper hydrophobic canvas. This water resistant upper shields your feet from any sort of wetness, thus making sure that they remain dry at all times.
This does not mean that your feet will begin stinking from the lack of ventilation. In fact, they are bound to remain fresh all day with the stretchy air mesh positioned at the vamp and at the tongue of these shoes.
My other favorite aspect about these shoes is that they have two sets of water resistant laces. Who doesn’t like an extra pair of anything anyway?
The foot to ground distance of these shoes’ soles is 12 mm. Such a sole only gives you a natural feel as you walk on any type of surface, and you do not have to struggle with posture or balance since it is all flat.
Get the look: Astral Men’s Loyak Everyday Outdoor Minimalist Sneakers
Primus Knit Wool Mens
This new product from Vivobarefoot is a great choice for those who encourage natural movement and close-to-the-ground action.
The shoe has a stylish design and flexible, lightweight construction that allows you to wear it for a variety of purposes. It has a very slim sole and a near non-existent heel-toe drop, making it a comfortable shoe for daily activities. Plus, the toe box is very roomy, giving you plenty of room for toe separation.
The shoe features a 3mm insole which can be removed if you want to get even more feedback from ground.
The Primus Knit Wool is good for running and training but not for trail running as its toe box is not only wide but long. However, I’m not sure I’d use these shoes to run through thick mud. The leather is just pretty for that and there’s no waterproofing to speak of.
All in all, the Primus Knit Wool is marketed as an urban shoe so that’s precisely what you should expect. This shoe is primarily for times when you’re not working out, but everything you do in-between. For those that want to go all in on minimalist shoes as a lifestyle choice, this shoe is an awesome choice.
Get the look: Primus Knit Wool
Minimalist Everyday Shoes for Women
Aptos – The Casual Hemp Canvas Slip-on – Women’s
What is more minimalist than Aptos shoes? The convenience that Aptos shoes offers is quite unbeatable. Xero steps in to prove this with the boat-shoe barefoot inspired shoes that are quite classy. The barefoot-inspired design is meant to give you a natural fit. This is also enhanced by the presence of a wide toe box gives room for all toes.
The non-elevated heel that is low to the ground is designed that way to allow you to have the right posture when you stand or you walk around. They also facilitate the right balance and agility. These shoes feel super comfortable and flexible enough to allow your foot to bend as you walk around naturally.
Breathability is also taken care of with the inclusion of the brushed cotton canvas upper. It is held in place by a silky smooth wicking lining that adds to the classy look of these shoes. The end result is that you end looking cool, and having happy feet.
This naturally durable pair of shoes is vegan-friendly and serves those who wear it for quite a long period. The FeelTrue rubber soles on these shoes usually have a 5,000-mile warranty from the manufacturer, so you can only begin to imagine the length of time these shoes will serve you.
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Vivobarefoot Primus Lux Women’s Everyday Trainer Shoe Sneaker
Vivobarefoot presents an exemplary design minimalist shoe whose benefits you can look forward to enjoying. For starters, these shoes are made of 100% genuine leather which is durable enough to protect your upper foot from possible damage when you are walking around in any sort of terrain. The manufacturers of this shoe coupled up this with a rubber sole that also bears protective properties.
These shoes are wide, thin and flexible. This helps with ensuring that you do not get exhausted dragging around your feet all day long. The wideness is meant to facilitate the wide surface of your feet, for them to fit in comfortably and for your toes to relax. The flexibility aspect of these minimalist shoes is meant to let you bend your entire foot as you so please without any limitations.
These premium minimalist everyday shoes are designed to hold on to your feet naturally so that you can move around uninhibited.
Get the look: Vivobarefoot Primus Lux Women’s Everyday Shoes
Vivobarefoot Women’s Stealth 2 Walk Shoe
Vivobarefoot also combined attractiveness, durability and functionality and put it into one shoe known as the Women’s Stealth 2 Walk Shoe.
This shoe is perfect for jogging and as everyday wear to work. It has a durable hex-mesh upper that is intended to withstand harsh conditions. This upper is made with support and stretch zones that effectively hold your foot in place. The inclusion of these zones also assures responsive foot control.
This model of walk shoes also features a 3mm sole that presents optimal sensory feedback for your feet. This is the reason these shoes are suitable for different terrains and occasions. Owing to the fact that it is an 8.5-ounce shoe, it happens to be one of the lightest shoes in the minimalist shoe category.
Get the look: Vivobarefoot Women’s Stealth 2 Walk Shoe
Xero Shoes Hana Women’s Casual Canvas Barefoot-Inspired Minimalist Lightweight Zero-Drop Shoe
The last are Hana from Xeroshoes. These are some of the best lightweight shoes to walk around in. They feature a Barefoot-inspired sole which is made of rubber. I would, in particular, applaud the manufacturers of these shoes for the excellent natural foot design that easily accommodates the large toe. The toe box is big enough to let every single toe in and to have them relax as you go about your daily activities.
Another detail that is almost hard not to notice is the lacing system that is identical to what you see in huarache sandals. The laces hold your foot in place, in a low-to-the-ground position that works to give you the balance you need as you tread on any type of surface.
What’s more? These shoes are made of a casual canvas upper. Again, this molds your foot and lets it grow stronger, as opposed to limiting its growth.
Get the look: Xero Shoes Hana
Geo Court Eco Womens
If you are someone who likes minimalist shoes with simple and stylish design, Geo Court Eco shoes should be at the top of your list.
The Geo Court Eco is made from recycled canvas, making it a breathable shoe that treads lightly on the environment. It has a cool v-strap system that lets you adjust the heel and midsole tightness of your shoes. This allows for a perfect fit, even if you’re new to the minimalist shoe scene.
Geo Court Eco also has the wide toe box and zero-drop sole that are a staple of a minimalist shoe. The sole is a honeycomb pattern for gripping on everyday surfaces.
Get the look: Geo Court Eco
Oswego – High Performance Casual Comfort – Women’s
Like other minimalist shoes, Xero simulates the barefoot experience with their thin FeelTrue rubber sole. The sole is only 4.5 mm thick and protects your feet while letting you “feel the world”. You can also remove the optional 2mm insole when your mood says “more barefoot feel, please.”
The inside has a wide toe box, so even wide feet can let their toes spread out. The sole isn’t elevated, which encourages your foot to strike the ground with the midsole. This improves your posture and reduces the impact on your joints.
These shoes feature an impressive huarache sandal-inspired heel that gives them an edge at uniqueness. They also have instep straps that hold your foot securely – with or without socks.
Furthermore, the whole shoe is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, which is something that would augur well with most people. These slip-on shoes come in a variety of fabrics and colors. These ones are Loden, Vintage Violet, and Charcoal.
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Opanka leather Womens
Are you ready to take your minimalist shoes into your everyday routines? Then you need Opanka Leather Womens.
The Opanka impressed us very much with their easy slip-on style. Best for barefoot living, the Opanka shoes have a leather upper. The leather top of the shoe will also mold to your feet with wear.
The Opanka Shoes are made from leather and canvas. They are ready for all kinds of exercise. You can also wear them in everyday life, like work or special events. Opanka Shoes also have a very wide toe box, so your foot gets the best splay area possible.
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Having the right minimalist everyday shoes on your feet can help them grow as they should be and can enhance your movement significantly. The list presented above is a collection of some of the best shoes of this kind that you can come across. All the best in choosing your new perfect minimalist shoes.
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