Best Barefoot Leather Shoes For Men
We round up the best barefoot/minimalist leather shoes on the market
Barefoot shoes shouldn't be complicated. The approach is, the less the better.
Although there should be fewer features to a barefoot shoe, choosing the best one can be challenging because there are many options in the market today. There are so many manufacturers and models to choose from. Each has its interpretation of what is a barefoot shoe/ sandal, how to make the best shoes for our life, and challenges.
If you wish to read how to evaluate barefoot footwear, check out this article, barefoot footwear guide.
With careful evaluation of different barefoot shoes, we will try to help narrow down your choices.
We search the web for real reviews, seek out experts who have tried the shoes themselves, and we spend hundreds of hours examining and evaluating models and statistics.
In the following article, you can find the best barefoot leather shoes for men. These models have received the highest scores by multiple users on multiple websites. We only gather all data and summarize it for readers as a tool to help you purchase your next best footwear.
Hope you enjoy and benefit from it (:
Based on 141 reviews
Brand: Xero Shoes
Xero's best-selling do-it-all shoe is now available in soft, durable full-grain leather.
The Prio All Day has been designed by Xero to be a do-it-all shoe. Many who have worn the pair agree, saying that the Xero Shoes Prio are comfortable, flexible, and stylish. Because of their versatility, many users were able to shift from one activity to the next without changing footwear. All this while allowing the feet to move naturally and freely.
- Versatile in terms of usage and design
- Some say the toe box is a bit narrow
- Will take some getting used to for barefoot shoe beginners
- Not very breathable
Based on 401 reviews
The Gobi II is the original minimalist desert boot, designed to let you explore barefoot every day. Made from naturally scarred leather from free-roaming cattle, the Gobi II is lightweight, flexible and ready for adventure.
Felt true to size: 76%
Based on 382 user reviews
Based on 685 reviews
Ra is a stylish barefoot Oxford lace-up shoe made from quality Wild Hide leather. Ra II is light, flexible and breathable, with an ultra-thin sole. To go from work to play without missing a step, pair the Ra II with tapered trousers or turned up jeans.
Felt true to size: 78%
Based on 590 user reviews
Based on 98 reviews
Primus Knit is a tough, high performance shoe, designed for wild feet and perfected for the street, so you can move with the city.
Felt true to size: 67%
Based on 12 user reviews
Felt true to size: 71%
Based on 17 user reviews
Based on 444 reviews
The Geo Court Nubuck leather brings a contemporary edge to our barefoot portfolio. Made from soft nubuck, this shoe allows you to live barefoot in total premium style. Clean, simple yet distinct design, the upper's simple profile sits on a statement hexagonal-textured rubber sole, that wraps high around the heel. The design also features embossed branding on its sidewall, contrast colour-blocked heel panelling, organic cotton shoe laces and a premium leather lining.
Felt true to size: 71%
Based on 7 user reviews
Felt true to size: 57%
Based on 23 user reviews
Based on 1093 reviews
Minimal look. Maximum performance. This barefoot shoe has a sock-like feel for a locked-down fit, plus a Vibram® sole with nearly zero ground-to-foot separation. FEATURES – Soft full grain leather upper – Breathable mesh lining – Vibram® TC5+ – Weight: 14oz / 398g
Felt true to size: 81%
Based on 31 user reviews
Based on 2804 reviews
This minimal trainer provides little between you and the ground for maximum freedom and connection underfoot. FEATURES – Cordura® mesh and TPU upper – Traditional lace closure – Hyperlock’ TPU film heel counter for security – M Select’ FRESH antimicrobial agents reduces shoe odor – Breathable mesh lining – Integrated insole – Merrell Barefoot 2
Felt true to size: 80%
Based on 362 user reviews
Based on 28 reviews
The Gobi II Eco is our classic minimalist desert boot, designed so you can explore every day with true barefoot sensory feedback and freedom of movement. The design features a natural hemp canvas upper, and a recycled cotton lining for ultimate breathability.
Based on 37 reviews
Barefoot-style walking shoes that are made of naturally scarred African leather from free-roaming animals, suitable for casual wear around the city or in parks.
Felt true to size: 83%
Based on 6 user reviews
The Vivobarefoot Geo Court II goes beyond what we know of typical tennis sneakers, allowing one to move freely and naturally. It is made of naturally scarred African leather from free-roaming animals and manufactured in Vietnam. Geo Court II’s barefoot outsole offers reliable grip and flexibility to encourage natural movement, best for daily use.
- The shoes have a modern and minimalist design that suit casual days out
- Long-lasting shoe made of natural materials
- It has a removable Bloom EVA insole
- Very easy to clean and maintain the shoes
- The shoes still have a bit of a cushioning to them, and some users may experience less ground or barefoot feel
- The size runs a bit small. It’s best to get a size larger
- The shoes feel a bit stiff at first but soften quickly over wear
Based on 306 reviews
Everyday slip-on made from Wild Hide leather, consciously crafted in collaboration with Soul of Africa - a shoemaking social enterprise in Ethiopia.
Felt true to size: 63%
Based on 41 user reviews
Felt true to width: 100%
Based on 4 user reviews
Felt true to size: 68%
Based on 28 user reviews
The Ababa Leather Men’s slip-on is made from Wild Hide sourced from small-scale farmers in Ethiopia. The leather material on the upper is soft and flexible enough to allow unrestricted movement with a decent level of breathability, fit for daily use. Part of the Soul of Africa range, the manufacturing of the Ababa slip-on helps support local communities.
- Minimalist & Casual Style
- Provides good ground feel
- Ideal for daily use
- Functional & Lightweight
- Sizing misses
- Tread may not be too reliable on wet and slippery surfaces
- Some user mentioned that insole was cumbersome
- Some consumers reported early perforation of the outsole