Shoes for Barefooters
Occasionally barefooters may be obliged to wear shoes, such as while representing their employer to customers,
or more rarely to obtain services in the of face discrimination.
Spending money on something that will spend most of it's life in the car glovebox seems pointless,
but this is a once in a life-time purchase, so it's best to buy it right rather than regret it for decades.
Black matches any colour or situation.
are suitable as backups when hiking up volcanoes or visiting your foot-phobic relatives. They:
- are NOT manufactured by Nike Inc. who have done terrible things with the same name.
- were originally Mexican running sandals, used by Tarahumara tribe to run over 100 miles at a time!
- were made famous by the book Born To Run, which is a good read even if you can't run for a bus.
They are relatively easy to make yourself if you can find stiffish thin rubber for the soles. Just trace around your foot, punch three holes, and lace them up as described in this video
Available from XeroShoes
2. Soleless sandals
The purpose of soleless sandals is to appear to be wearing shoes, in order to avoid being the victim of discrimination.
One well-known brand is barebottomshoes.com
Another gentleman here
has home-made ones.
If you are a regular barefooter who has tried these or any others, and wish to send a review, them please drop me a line
3. Shoes for employment
Smaller companies with casual dress-codes are usually happy for employees to work barefoot
as described on the Stepping Out
If you are one of the unlucky ones, and still have to put bread on the table, what should you look for when buying work shoes?
• A toe-box that's wider than your bare foot.
• No arch support.
• No raised heels.
• Ultra-thin flexible soles.
• Well ventilated / breathable.
• Comfortable without socks &
• Easy to kick off under the table.
If you live barefoot outside of work, and would like to submit a recommendation or review, please feel free to make contact