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How do you determine the right size for barefoot shoes?

Buying Barefoot shoes online is not always easy. Just choosing your classic shoe size is usually not a good idea. That's why we list some tips and tricks here.

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    Barefoot shoe fitting:

    • Barefoot or minimalist shoes are wider than classic shoes. If you go up a size in classic shoes because of width, this is probably not necessary with barefoot shoes. 
    • Natural materials such as leather and canvas can stretch slightly. However, if a shoe pinches when trying it on, the shoe will never sit easily (even after expanding)
    • Men with narrow feet may consider opting for a women's model. Women with wide feet may be more comfortable in men's shoes.
    • With barefoot shoes, you should have 7 to 12mm of excess from your biggest toe to the front of your shoe.
    • Is it your first time trying on barefoot shoes? Then they probably feel very roomy. But that is just normal! Most feet are used to being trapped in too narrow and too small shoes. When your shoe gets the space it actually needs for the first time, it feels a bit strange indeed. Because of this, the most common mistake is to buy your barefoot shoes too small!

    How do I determine the right size barefoot shoes?

    For this there is only one answer: measure your feet! Even within the same brand, different models are not always the same length. That's why there is a conversion table for each shoe on our website. So never choose your 'classic' size. Depending on the brand, this can differ up to 2 sizes!

    • lay a sheet of paper on the floor, with the edge against the wall
    • now stand with your bare feet on this sheet, heels against the wall
    • have someone mark off the furthest point of both feet.
    • Measure the distance from this point to the edge of the sheet. This is the length of your foot
    • The largest foot determines your shoe size

    As mentioned, a minimalist or barefoot shoe should be 7 to 12mm larger than your foot (some people even count on 15mm but from experience I know that for "newbies" this is a bit too much anyway).

    Is your longest foot 24 inches? Then your shoe should be between 24.7 and 25.2 cm long. For all shoes, next to the shoe size there is a length in centimeters. This is the length of the insole. In the example above you should choose a size where the insole is between 24.7 and 25.2 cm long. 

    Note: Vibram Fivefingers and Furoshiki differ slightly from the above method. There, the length listed on the website is the minimum and maximum foot length for that particular size.


    1. Don't just pick your 'classic' size, but measure your feet
    2. Take into account 7 to 12 mm surplus
    3. Doesn't your shoe sit easily when trying it on? Then it probably never will!
    4. Not sure of the size? Contact us by email or phone

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