As a martial artists and avid barefoot/minimalist footwear enthusiast I was immediately intrigued by this extremely unique footwear. So, like any smart consumer I looked up reviews and contacted the company directly. Little did I know that I would end up being in a conversation with the companies owner. Stefanie , on top of having a great product was patient and kind enough to recommend the size and color that would work best for me. Once I made the order they arrived quickly and let me tell you they did not disappoint! I use these for martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) Zumba, and to go from the dojo floor to the shower. Sometimes I go strait from the dojo for a short run and they give me just enough protection without sacrificing ground feel. With a wonderful owner and a great product you will have a dan in me for a very long time
I found these online, and I thought, just maybe... YES! They allow me to wear my orthotics while doing yoga!
I hate that my pronated feet would make me struggle with balance poses. My feet are hyper-flexible, and the pronation leads to foot cramping, and knee pain as the other muscles try to make up for my flexibility. Most teachers frown on wearing shoes, so here is a way to have your support and work on all parts of the pose, not just trying to stand on one foot!
These shoes are by-far "The next best thing next to being barefoot" that i have found. And i've been searching as long as i've been a practicing member of the "BAREFOOT COMMUNITY", now counting over 10yrs!
I had recently stumbled onto some literature about a totally enclosed silicone shoe at twice the cost, twice as weird and twice the covering which negated the feeling of openess and "bare" feeling i am truly looking for!
As of now i am getting in the habit of wearing them, more so than i like, in as such as being forced to wear some sort of protection when entering a store or going out into our conformest community.
BTW: I refuse to wear shoes, as suggested by my back doctor, in 2008. Which ruins the alignment of ur spine, and changes how u walk also!
And no i will not agree to wear any rubber or hardplatform shoe, which does not feel good and is not good for ur body, from ur feet to ur head! I've purchased every kind of ergonomic, computer designed and optimized P.O.S.there is, known to man. And listen to me when i say "Everyone is not created equal when it comes to shoes!"
Walk around barefoot, 1 whole day, not just at ur home. Take it outside ur "common sense no shoe zone" and u will see what i mean!
As for me, Barreletics has a customer in me, for the immediate present and future!
Or at least until someone invents a better barefoot shoe, that also works like these do in any water or water associated activity!
THANK YOU Barreletics for giving me back my barefoot freedom!
I no longer slip & get the support just like the product indicates. Clean with soap and water and stop wasting money on socks. I searched for at least a year and tried socks, toe socks, toe shoes, neoprene footies. Stefanie created the perfect solution that did not exist!! Thank you
Love the comfort and the style! I made one mistake - I wore them out for a walk and they are hard to clean after being worn on blacktop. I will definetly wear them at the pool or beach and around the house, though :-)