Minimalist slippers also known as barefoot slippers have increased in popularity recently due to their known health impact. True barefoot slippers encourage healthy gait patterns during both walking and running, and it helps the wearer step lighter too (i.e., the shoe encourages a lower-impact midfoot or forefoot strike).
Most people land on their heels when running, but to run barefoot, you must change your technique and land on your forefoot. Barefoot slippers are designed to allow the foot to function inside the shoe in the same way that it would if you were walking or running barefoot.
What is the best barefoot slippers? They are one that closely approximate barefoot running or walking. Those slippers must have evidence that time spent wearing it help strengthen your feet and save you from pain and injury.
Staying healthy and maintaining the perfect gait till old age has a lot to do with your choice of foot wears. The barefoot slippers will significantly improve stability and physical function compared to conventional shoes.
The List of Minimalist Barefoot Slippers
The first on our list is the Oso Flaco Winged Edition. It is designed for those who want the most aggressive tread pattern for insane grip while also retaining super flexibility and full ground feel. It is incredibly flexible and its lightweight design provides all outdoor enthusiasts with freedom and comfortable mobility!
Perfect for running or hiking, the Oso features a thick sole, durable build and an adjustable strap (with extra lacing) to ensure a close, secure fit.
Despite their thicker soles, they are extremely light. They have a non-slip MGT footbed, Vibram soles, and slightly more lacing than others for a secure foothold. The quality is what makes them stand out – they’ve been specifically designed for running.
The product weighs 17.4 oz per pair (Size 11.5) with a sole thickness of 11mm.
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Softstar is a well-known designer of minimalist slippers. This ultra-soft minimalist slipper is handcrafted from the finest materials, including elk leather, Nubuck leather, suede, and cozy genuine sheepskin fleece. They are sheepskin lined slipper boots with simple versatile designs that are durable and allow your feet to move freely while conforming to your feet to form a second skin. You can wear them indoors as house shoes, but also hold up well with your occasional light outdoor use.
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Xero Shoes – Z-Trail
Z-Trail is a top brand in minimalist foot wears, the Z trail by Xero shoes stays flexible and keeps things simple with its light and packable design, ultra-thin sole, and comfortable footbed. Xero Shoes have become one of the barefoot leaders, especially after appearing on Shark Tank. They make some impressively flexible foot wears that can roll up in to your pocket.
The design is excellent and gives a very close feeling to walking barefooted. The footbed is roomy and very comfortable, and the heel cup helps to keeps debris out when walking outside.
This product boasts of great sole thinness with a 5.5 mm thick sole.
The product weighs only 11.3 oz per pair (Size 11)
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COFACE Men’s Memory Foam House Slippers
This is a skin-friendly and moisture-wicking velvet lining and High elastic memory foam rubber insoles which really makes you enjoy the comfy wearing after a long day of work.
It is perfect for a bedside slippers that provides the kind of comfort you need as you prepare for the day. COFACE men’s mule slippers are made of non-slip outsole in Wavy design that prevents you from slipping when walking on a wet floor. The side adopts the sewing process of fishline tight stitching, which is durable. It has a minimalist design that is shaped into a classic moccasin slippers. It has a concise striped knitting upper, with a delicate logo and the traditional whip-stitched toe that particularly makes this house slippers for men more unique.
This men’s winter slippers will prevent slipping off when you are walking up and down stairs at home. You can also wear it as casual indoor shoes when taking the dog for a walk, running outside to get the mail or taking the garbage out.
It has a rubber sole which is thin, lightweight, and comfortable and has excellent traction and abrasion resistance.
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Unshoes – Wokova
The lightest option in our article today is straightforward and simple. It is great for light hiking, trails, water sports, or casual everyday use.
The lacing is relatively seamless and the wide straps prevent potential hot spots. Unshoes is very flexible and moulds to your feet like a glove. The straps as well are thick. The lacing leaves the inside of your foot open making it more ideal for casual wear versus running. The straps are vertical but some models present the horizontal straps.
It has one of the thinnest soles with a thickness of only 4 to 6 mm sole
The slippers weighs only 11.0 oz per pair (Size 11.5).
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Shamma Slippers – Mountain Goats
It comes with adjustable power straps for a close fit, thick soles with traction grip, and a lightweight design, this slippers is everything you need to keep moving through mud, gravel, and more.
The slippers are extremely light, yet tough enough to handle rough terrain. Their straps are as soft as a pillow and fit like a glove. Shamma also has some lovely minimalist slippers made of smooth brown leather goatskin. It has a sole thickness of 5 to 6 mm.
This minimalist slippers weighs 12.3 oz per pair (Size 11.5) which is the average weight of foremost minimalist slippers.
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Earth Runners Alpha Adventure
It is minimally designed with runners in mind, the Alpha Adventures are as close to going barefoot as it comes. Alpha adventure also has a unique “grounding” feature that puts you right in touch with mother earth.
About the quality, it is designed for running and it has an extremely unique vegan footbed with either pure Vibram sole or the Earth Grip footbed (organically dyed cotton canvas). Lacing comes with a thin layer of nylon to minimize stretching. There’s a copper plug at the bottom where the thong strap attaches that is supposed to connect you to the Earth and allow you to feel more grounded.
The slippers also comes with a sole thickness of 8 mm. The eight of this product is 11.5 oz per pair (Size 11.5).
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