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’s Barefoot Fringe Boots for women are made of a soft and pliable suede. We do not use any man-made plastic stiffeners in the body of our Barefoot shoes. This means these suede barefoot boots will take the shape of your foot as you walk.
The sole of this barefoot boot is made of a water resistant oil tanned leather. This sole provides traction and durability without the stiffness of a traditional rubber sole. If you would like a layer of flexible rubber on the sole (recommended if you are in a wet climate), simply select “Vibram Outsole” and we will add a thin Vibram rubber to the exterior of the suede sole. Our Barefoot boots fit wider in order to avoid any constriction of the foot’s natural movement. This also allows them to accommodate a wide range of foot widths.
The ankle strap: We have added an elastic ankle strap to the interior of these boots. The ankle strap on these barefoot Fringe Boots allows your foot to confidently move from heel-to-toe, without the anxiety of having them slip off! A removable insole lines these shoes. This makes way 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 moccasin boots 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 also provides insulation during colder fall and winter months. The insole on these barefoot Fringe Boots makes them great for beginners in the barefooting shoes movement. They are 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 Boots are great for grounding (also called earthing)! With a leather outsole, these boots are the perfect shoes for grounding. If using these shoes for grounding, be sure to choose the “leather” option in the sole drop down tab. When using these shoes for grounding, be sure to take out the removable insole that these barefoot shoes come with.
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 Boots will arrive packaged in a 22″ square reusable handkerchief. This packaging is designed to eliminate waste and provide you with something functional rather than extra waste!
These shoes are made by hand in the USA and shipped from Gracious May HQ in the Dallas TX, area!