What is a barefoot shoe? A barefoot shoe is one that does not constrict or impede the foot’s natural range of motion. A barefoot shoe is one with a wide toe box that allows the toes to fully splay (spread out) as you walk. A barefoot shoe features a super flexible sole (not stiff!) which encourages a natural and healthy gait and allows you to feel the ground surface beneath you. A barefoot shoe is the next best thing to actually walking in your bare feet!
Gracious May Leather Barefoot Mary Janes are made of a soft and pliable leather. We do not use any man-made plastic stiffeners in the body of our Barefoot shoes. This means these leather barefoot mary janes will take the shape of your foot as you walk.
The sole of these barefoot mary janes is made of suede, which provides traction and durability without the stiffness of a traditional rubber sole. If you would like a layer of flexible rubber on the sole, simply select “Vibram Outsole” and we will add a thin Vibram rubber to the exterior of the suede sole. Our Barefoot Mary Janes designed to fit wider in order to avoid any constriction of the foot’s natural movement. This also makes them perfect for a wide range of foot widths.
The ankle strap fastens snug with an adjustable buckle feature, again, adding versatility to the fit and accommodating feet that are narrow, medium, or wide. The ankle strap on these barefoot mary janes allows your foot to confidently move from heel-to-toe, without the anxiety of having them slip off! A removable insole lines these shoes, allowing for comfortable wear if you are new to to the barefooting movement. For experienced barefooters, you can remove the insole, or save it for when you wear these mary janes on man-made pavements and concrete surfaces.
The removable insole is great for when you wear these shoes on man made surfaces such as concrete or pavement. The insole on these barefoot mary janes also makes them great for beginners in the barefooting shoes movement. They are still totally flexible, but add a little bit of padding. This is helpful for those who are transitioning away from heavily padded, traditional footwear. This insole slips in and out, allowing you to wear them according to your preference. Another reason we include the removable insole is to make these barefoot shoes for winter and cooler temperatures. The extra layer will add a temperature barrier on cold days, while still allowing for plenty of flexibility in the sole!
These mary janes are designed for grounding (also called earthing)! With a suede outsole, these mary janes are the perfect shoes for grounding. Just be mindful that if you choose to add the layer of Vibram rubber to the suede outsole, the grounding function of these mary janes may be compromised. When using these shoes for grounding, be sure to take out the removable insole that these barefoot shoes come with.
Choose from Black Leather or Hazelnut Brown Leather. Available in Women’s sizes 5-14! Because of their soft body and adjustable ankle strap, these shoes naturally accommodate a majority of foot widths from narrow to wide!
These shoes will arrive packaged in a 22″ square reusable handkerchief. This packaging was designed to eliminate waste allowing you make something functional out of what would otherwise end in a landfill!
These shoes are made by hand in the USA and shipped from Gracious May HQ in the Dallas TX, area!