Fashion,  Fitness

The best barefoot shoes we’ve actually tried & tested (top 6)

Published by Finn Hayden

Barefoot shoes are a new trend sweeping the UK's feet. If you've found this article then you've likely been researching the benefits of barefoot shoes and you're now looking at the best ones you can buy.

The team here at You Well has been lucky enough to try more than 10 different pairs of barefoot shoes from 5 different brands. We thought a top 6 "best" list of the barefoot shoes that we've tried might be useful for anyone considering buying barefoot shoes.

And yes - we really did try all of these barefoot shoes (lucky us), which is why all of the imagery is original.

Let's get into it:

Vivobarefoot - Primus Lite Knits (Best for Gym & Wieght Lifting)

If you're into your sports, and you need a shoe that gives you a barefoot feel - whether you're weight lifting, running or walking - then the Primus is the shoe you need. 

The Primus Lite Knit is by far the best barefoot sports shoe that we have tried and we highly rate it. 

Not only are these the slickest, smoothest looking shoes, but the shoe is also robust and comfortable, as well as being light and giving you a great connection to the ground. The sole is flat and really does work your toes. 

The shoes are fantastic for the gym or if you're using them for a casual stroll, you're going to love them.

What sets this show apart is the ankle which holds the shoe firmly on your foot, and they fit like a pair of gloves.

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Vivobarefoot Primus Knits

Vivobarefoot - Primus Lite III (Best for Beginners)

The Primus Lite III's by Vivobarefoot, are spectacular. They are only very slightly different from the Primus Knits, but enough to give them their own section. The main difference between the two is the style of the show itself, but also the ankle support. We think that the knits take the top spot due to the extra comfort, but the Primus lite III will save you a little bit of money, and are just as good.

If you're into either of the vivobarefoot ranges, the Primus is the very best for beginners, simply down to their comfort, and the fact that they will not break the bank. Barefoot shoes aren't for everybody, so if you're unsure check out the Primus Lite III model.

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Vivobarefoot Primus III

Freet - Vibes (Best For Running)

The Vivoabrefoot primus shoes, we think, are fantastic. They are great for sports, running or going to the gym. However, there are lots of reasons why you would look for a Vivobarefoot alternative. Freet are your shoe.

The Vibes are the best barefoot show we have tried for running. There are a few reasons for this. They are very comfy and light with a soft upper layer which is made from soft recycled material, and they have a slightly thicker 3mm sole, compared to the 2mm Primus sole.

The extra thickness adds to a little more shock absorbtion and allows you to feel more comfrotable for longer running. They are also sleek and have more grip compared to the Primus... plus they are significantly less expensive.

Overall, we highly rate Freet and really enjoyed trying these shoes out. You can learn more about them and buy them from the freet website here:


Freet Vibes

Feelgrounds Courtside (most stylish)

We love loads of the shoes from the Feelgrounds range, but the Courtside shoes are the ones we've been wearing the most. You can read our full review of these barefoot shoes here, but in short - we're seriously impressed. They're comfortable and very stylish. If you're the type of person who wants to wear barefoot shoes but doesn't want people pointing at your feet as you walk past them, the Feelgrounds Courtside shoes are for you.

Feelgrounds Courtside

Vivobarefoot - Magna Trail (Best Everyday Shoe)

The current top spot goes to the Vivobarefoot Magnus trail. They are fantastic barefoot shoes that we rate extremely highly.

They are light, durable, flexible and very comfortable. Compared to the other Vivobarefoot shoes, they have a slightly thicker sole, so you can cover more challenging terrains. Personally, I do not like to feel rocks under my foot so these are great. They also give a little more protection on concrete

They have a wide toebox to allow your feet to move inside the shoes and also a completely flat sole which gives you extra feeling in the foot.

These are great for an everyday walking shoe whether that be walking to work or going for a casual few at the pub.

Check out their website for more information about the shoe:


Vivobarefoot Magna Trail Review

Vivobarefoot - Novus Trail (Best Smart Trainer Shoe)

These are not shoes to run in, but they are really nice sleek barefoot shoes that go with every occasion and will be comfortable for even a complete newcomer to the barefoot revolution.

The Vivobarefoot Novus are a fantastic entry-level shoe if you're after a smart trainer-style shoes, which is designed with a thin sole and without a step.

The sole on these shoes is much thicker than other Vivobarefoot shoes which makes them much more accessible to newbies.

These are one of the best barefoot shoes on the eye - that's for sure.

I got them from, but there are newer editions available via their website here:



Vivobarefoot Novus Review

Hopefully, you've enjoyed this article and you've found the best barefoot shoe for your needs. There are plenty out there, so make sure to do lots of your own research, and choose the brand that suits you best.

If you have any experiences with any of these barefoot shoes or would like to suggest a pair that is your favourite, then please leave your comment in the section below.

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