Barefoot shoes for children «

Children love barefoot. Many children would prefer not to wear socks or shoes and it is often necessary to do persuasion until the little ones or their feet can be put into shoes. If children want to be barefoot as much as possible, they instinctively do it right – there is simply nothing better for children’s feet.

In order to limit the mobility and sensitivity of the children’s feet as little as possible, are suitable Barefoot shoes for children excellent. You stand out lightweight, sufficient toe in the forefoot and one minimal sole without detonation in the heel area. Thanks to the flexible design, the sole of the foot continues to receive stimulating stimuli. The body can align itself healthily from the base and the children’s feet can mature optimally.

Why walking barefoot is so healthy

This can be done especially on natural soil such as sand, meadow or earth positive effect of walking barefoot ideally exhaust. The feet are provided with stimulating sensory nutrition through the diverse stimuli. This supports coordination, balance and children’s feet can develop healthily.

Running barefoot has many advantages:

  • trains the muscles of the entire body,
  • supports a healthy maturation of the arch of the foot,
  • prevents flat feet,
  • promotes blood circulation and strengthens the immune system,
  • improves posture,
  • nourishes the sense of balance,
  • trains perception and attention,
  • stimulates the foot reflex zones,
  • earths and has a calming effect, and
  • allows the toes full freedom of movement.

From what age can children wear barefoot shoes??

Children need shoes only when the child is walking alone without help. From the age of 1-2 years, when toddlers start to run independently and are outdoors, healthy shoes can be worn.

Barefoot shoes for the baby?

We adults are often amazed at how flexible our children’s feet and toes are. With babies and toddlers they are protected by a thick pad of fat and the skin is still supple and soft. The Toes need a lot of movement and especially in babies, worm-like movements can be observed again and again. Often the feet are bent slightly inwards after birth and the typical longitudinal arch only develops with growth.

The feet are a sensitive touch organ and naturally created with as many nerve cells as our hands. It is therefore no wonder that children have a lot of fun moving around without shoes.

Babies don’t need sturdy shoes yet, they would only unnecessarily restrict freedom of movement. For children before the age of running, sock shoes are practically the only thing that baby feet really need alongside ABS socks and leather slippers.

Baby shoes and stopper socks

In addition to anti-slip socks, babies and toddlers are also familiar with small leather shoes, often referred to as baby shoes or leather slippers. Because of their flexibility, they also fall into the area of Barefoot shoes for babies and toddlers. The shoe offers light protection and warmth without restriction of movement. The thin sole allows good contact with the ground.

Baby Shoes are made like a short sock to slip on and are mainly made of leather. The sole is often made of rough suede for better grip. Meanwhile there is also vegan baby shoes with material made of cotton or jeans with anti-slip knobs on the sole.

Some variants are also available in larger children’s sizes and kindergarten children are interesting as slippers. More on this in the section barefoot slippers for children.

Suitable shoes for toddlers

In the learning phase and for the first steps, the brands Vivobarefoot and Filii Barefoot offer a selection of barefoot shoes for toddlers, also as Walking Shoes referred to. Some brands of barefoot shoes already offer children’s models from size 20.

In between, barefoot again and again

Whether you are a beginner or schoolchild: it is still best to go barefoot. Therefore, always allow your child to go barefoot without socks, for example for free play in the apartment. Your child will feel direct contact with the ground, develop better hold and the sense of balance can optimal mature.

Also Children’s feet stay amazingly warm during movement, just try it out and touch your feet every now and then and check the temperature. Warming socks are only needed when the floor is cold or when the game has calmed down. Suitable here protect ABS socks or stopper socks, well warmed and with optimal freedom of movement when romping.

Socks or shoes?

For children, the range of barefoot shoes can be roughly divided into two categories: first, there are barefoot shoes that are more reminiscent of socks; on the other hand, those that look as simple as conventional shoes.

Socks Shoes are particularly interesting as healthy slippers, for kindergarten, crèche or after-school care. They are also practical at home. In contrast to ABS socks, sock shoes also have a continuous, non-slip sole. They are available for small children from size 22-23. More on sock shoes further down in the section sock shoes for children.

Fall and transition period

Children’s barefoot shoes for the transition period do not have to be quite as warm. The sole can be a bit thinner, the shoes themselves can be ankle-free. Waterproof is optional. Feet that are too warm are also uncomfortable, which is why many transition models have either an insole or a lining. If it gets cold early, you can help with a second pair of socks.

For ankle-covering barefoot shoes in autumn / winter are the most important Sole Runner Portia and the Vivobarefoot Gobi Kids appreciably. Both shoes are ankle-high and equipped with a thermal insole. The Portia has the advantage that it works without lacing, but the Gobi Kids with 4 mm has a particularly light barefoot outsole with small profile knobs.

Winter barefoot shoes

With barefoot shoes for children, you can romp outdoors even in snow and rain, without having to do without light and flexible footwear. In winter, the playtime shifts more indoors anyway and the children spend less time barefoot or just in socks.

Barefoot winter shoes for children are therefore an investment that is particularly worthwhile and the children’s toes can also be used in weatherproof footwear warm and waterproof fidgeting happily.

Thermo insole

Many winter models of barefoot shoes have one removable thermal insole. This makes the sole a bit firmer overall and ensures warm feet from below. In winter and in cold temperatures, it just needs it.

The clear advantage of barefoot shoes for children with an insole: barefoot shoes with a removable thermal sole also fit in the transition period in autumn and spring. Without a sole, they can still be worn in warmer temperatures. This is a big plus when purchasing high-quality shoes and rapidly growing children’s feet.

Waterproof and warm

Especially in the cold season, the children need not only warm, but also waterproof barefoot shoes. Special outer materials made of water-repellent material or innovative designs make this possible, for example the sewn-on tongue (water tab) on children’s winter boots Sole Runner Transition Vario 2 Kids.

Current winter models

It can get cold in the 2018/2019 winter season. We present an overview of all current models for children’s barefoot boots and winter-friendly shoes. The Vivobarefoot and Sole Runner brands in particular are the pioneers on the market with a steadily growing selection of weatherproof barefoot shoes for children.

Children’s boots and boots

Sole Runner did with that Transition Vario 2 kids created the first barefoot shoe for children that can be worn all year round. A removable 2-component heating element, which can be inserted into the shaft of the shoe, keeps the children’s feet cozy and warm even in wet weather. The 6 mm outsole is, however especially for interesting winter. The sewn-on tongue of the winter boots from Sole Runner (water tab) cannot slip and makes the barefoot shoe waterproof.

The brand new in the 2018/2019 winter collection is Vivobarefoot Fulham Kids Rubber. Anyone who attaches particular importance to the fact that the barefoot shoe is waterproof for children has fulfilled all wishes with the Fulham Rubber. Visually designed as a Chelsea boot, it is available in rubber in the colors blue / yellow and olive green / white.

The Vivobarefoot Fulham Kids is the chic variant with upper made of black leather and white barefoot sole. Both variants are suitable for winter and water-repellent. The 4 mm children’s barefoot outsole is pleasantly soft and, thanks to its extra profile, ensures good grip in all weather conditions.

In spring and summer

Our children’s feet should feel as airy and light as this season. For spring and summer there are barefoot shoes as sandals, beach shoes or simply light street sneakers for sports and leisure. We will shortly present the current children’s models for spring 2020!

Socks as bathing shoes

There are also some Sock shoes with puncture-resistant sole, that can also be worn outdoors. Many of these variants are suitable for land and water, so that they can also be worn as bathing shoes on the beach during summer vacation. They protect the foot from dirt and sharp objects.

Toe shoes and toe socks

A little additional exception was that Vibram Fivefingers toe shoes. In the meantime, there are no more toe shoes for children, since Vibram has apparently discontinued the offer. In practice, toe shoes for children have not been able to prevail.

Toe socks are still available and fascinating for children. An interesting and colorful change that is healthy for your feet, trains fine motor skills and inspires you to fantastic adventures.

Overview of brands

There is a large selection of shoes for children and there is something suitable for every season in the range of barefoot shoes for children: sandals, sports shoes, street shoes and slippers are available as barefoot shoes in children’s sizes. However, there are a few differences depending on the intended use and the desired handling. Here is a selection of popular barefoot shoe brands for children with the current models:


The leguanito is the socks barefoot shoe for children from leguano. It is characterized by high flexibility and long durability. Thanks to the easy handling like a sock, children can quickly put it on and take it off independently. This makes it very easy to switch to walking barefoot. Especially for narrow children’s feet the leguano is well suited for children and sits firmly and stably on the foot.

Leguanito sock shoes for children are currently in the colors blue, pink and turquoise available. The smallest available size is 22-23, so from toddler age. There are no leguano barefoot shoes for babies. This is not necessary either, socks or barefoot is sufficient for babies and infants.

The upper material is made of viscose and polyamide, which can lead to sweaty feet, especially for children’s feet that sweat a lot, especially in summer. This is certainly not for everyone. The leguano children’s shoes can be washed, at 30 degrees on a gentle cycle without spinning. Do not use fabric softener when washing.

The children’s lace-up boot is brand new in the collection iguana active plus blue. Thanks to its high shaft, it offers children’s feet a particularly good grip. The sole is just as flexible as in the sock shoe. The iguanito aktiv plus is suitable as a learning shoe for indoor and outdoor use and is available in sizes 22-33.

Filii Barefoot

The Filii Barefoot company is above all known through the TV show Cave of the Lions become and relatively new to the market. It produces sustainable leather shoes with an optional rubber sole, and recently there are also vegan models for children. Only pollutant-tested materials are used in the production. The use of chrome-free tanned leather and the latex-free sole make the Filii barefoot shoes above all interesting for allergy sufferers.

The Fillii children’s shoes barefoot sole have a slightly nubbed profile and are a lot harder compared to the leguanitos or children’s shoes from Sole Runner. For the winter there are new wool insoles that can be integrated if necessary without slipping.


Although there are barefoot shoes from Merrell, it should be said at the beginning: not all children’s shoes from Merrell are designed as barefoot shoes. For shoes with barefoot quality, it is always a question of the minimum heel drop and zero heel, i.e. no increase or cushioning in the heel area.

Sports shoe Merrell Bare Access Kids for school children is an example of a wonderful barefoot shoe for older children and adolescents. It is tied with laces and is a classic barefoot sports shoe for children, which makes it particularly popular and unobtrusive. For schoolchildren it is available in several colors from shoe size 29. The Merrell Bare Access Kids is comfortable, very light and can be used as a Barefoot indoor sneakers and street shoes to be worn during sport, leisure and everyday life.

Sole runner

Sole Runner is one of the cornerstones among the companies that are Prescribed barefoot shoes for children since 2011 to have. Instead of constantly releasing new shoes, Sole Runner pursues the strategy of continuously improving tried and tested models and offering them in different versions.

The Sole Runner children’s shoes come with you only 2.5 mm sole (6 mm models suitable for winter) and are one of the lightest and most flexible barefoot shoes for children on the market. All Sole Runner models have a removable insole and are provided with a robust PVC protective edge in the toe area.

So children’s models remain like that Sole Runner Portia or Sole runner puck popular shoes with guaranteed toe clearance and very flexible minimal sole. Further information and a model overview of the children’s barefoot shoes can be found here: Sole Runner.


Vivobarefoot not only has a convincing selection of modern barefoot shoes for adults. Especially the Vivobarefoot Primus is available in different models for the whole family. The Primus always comes out in new colors and materials, the latest Primus models for spring / summer 2019 are out recycled PET bottles and vegan.

Vivobarefoot Mini Primus Kids is the variant for small children with a practical Velcro fastener. From size 20, the Mini is already available for beginners in the assortment and also fits school children up to size 34. The current 2019 model is the Mini Primus Kids X Aspinall. Its design is inspired by animals and comes in a funny cheeky patch look.

The Vivobarefoot Primus Junior is happily worn by schoolchildren and young people. The Primus Junior is available in sizes 30-39. Current colors in summer 2019 are blue / white, black / white and red with organic elements.

Especially for teenagers, the selection and visual presentation of the Vivobarefoot barefoot shoes is convincing and always worth a look. The Vivobarefoot Primus School Junior is also suitable for chic occasions with its black Pittards Wild Hide leather design. It is available for older children and adolescents from size 34-39.

  • breakneck speed
  • Bobux children’s shoes
  • KidOFit
  • Little Blue Lamb
  • Momo Baby Shoes
  • Nike Free (no pure barefoot shoe)
  • Ricosta children’s shoes
  • Skinner sock shoes (from size 36)
  • Tikki Shoes
  • Unshoes (Children’s Keota)
  • Vibram Fivefingers (from size 36)
  • Wildling Shoes
  • ZAQQ (from size 36)

Comfortable slippers

Barefoot slippers make a good contribution to the best possible Support for sensory perception of the children. Especially in autumn and winter, playing indoors is much more common and it is too cold to walk barefoot. Accordingly, more time is spent in slippers, which in addition to sock shoes Barefoot slippers with a non-slip sole makes it particularly interesting.

You can find more information and tips on buying on barefoot slippers.


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