There are circumstances or situations where barefoot shoes are not necessarily appropriate:

Precisely because they are thin, flexible and exteriorceptive, they may not be the best choice in some cases of use.

Here are some details:

Foot protection

In a professional environment, safety shoes protect the feet against crushing and puncturing. They are therefore logically thick, rigid and heavy. The opposite of barefoot shoes. But hey, they must fulfill a specific function, for your well-being.

Specific functions:

Ski boots immobilize the feet. They are rigid in order to better practice this sport specifically and for a short period.

typically the function of safety shoes in a work environment

For walking or hiking in a hostile environment, in the same way certain shoes specifically developed will be more appropriate to withstand the cold, the terrain, etc.

In healthcare (hospitals, restaurants), shoes can be bacteria vectors. They must therefore be washable and antibacterial

Apart from these few cases - and there are others - you have the choice not to give in to fashion, standards or dogmas about what is ”pretty”, ”dressed or” normal ”but on the contrary the choice of wearing what is best for you. For your feet.

With their specificity, you may need some adaptation time before wearing them, for example when hiking for long distances, so as not to tire your feet too suddenly. The same goes for certain pathologies of the foot. You may need to adhere to an adaptation period.

But we can also have pleasant surprises. For example, in golf, having better stability and more feel can influence the stability and quality of posture and swing movements.

For open water swimming, these lightweight shoes offer some protection without hampering swimming movements.


Like any part of the body, your feet need freedom of movement in order to stay strong.

In the event of an arm fracture, for example, a cast will re-solidify the bones, but immobilization will result in muscle atrophy. You will need re-education to regain muscle tone in the arms.

The same goes for your feet. Eternally stuck in rigid shoes (and sometimes high), they weaken.

Do you have sprain problems? You should know that barefoot on flat ground it is impossible to sprain your ankle. It kicks in when the heel is raised off the ground and when it is not strong enough to provide stability in your movements.

Strengthen your feet by wearing shoes that respect the shape and function of your feet!

So choose the shoes according to the use you will make of them:

When you want to have the closest barefoot feel, you will choose lightweight models with a thin sole.

When, on the other hand, you are going to use them on stony paths for example, you will prefer slightly more structured shoes with a slightly thicker sole for more protection.