Barefoot Running Shoes Made In The USA

The benefits of buying locally are known and, luckily for you, the USA has the highest number of companies making minimalist running shoes.

So whether you're looking for men's running sandals or women's running shoes this is the complete list for you. That means you won't see any cheaper running shoes from Amazon on this list.

Here's a comprehensive list:

Verified Barefoot Shoe Brands

'Verified Barefoot' means the company makes shoes that meet the criteria to be classified barefoot.

BEDROCK SANDALS

From big adventures to easy-livin’, Bedrock Sandals are built to free your outdoor soul. Their industry-leading designs and unparalleled field testing let you tread light and secure, from mountain tops to river bottoms.

Shoe Types: Sandals

Features: Verified Barefoot, Vegan

Price: ~$100

DELIBERATE LIFE DESIGNS

The goal of Deliberate Life Designs has been to bring custom handcrafted, made-to-order minimalist sport sandals to enthusiasts of all types. Their sandals are great for hardcore runners on trail ultras, ultralight backpackers looking for the lightest weight trail or camp shoes, and barefoot aficionados looking for personalized kicks for everyday comfort.

Shoe Types: Sandals

Features: Verified Barefoot, Vegan, Handmade, Custom Fitting

Price: ~$100

EARTH RUNNERS

Inspired by ancient huarache running sandals, Earth Runners' grounded conductive lacing system combines the benefits of earthing with the functionality of minimalist adventure sandals to offer the closest thing to barefoot.

Shoe Types: Sandals

Features: Verified Barefoot, Vegan

Price: ~$100

LUNA SANDALS

LUNAs are hand-crafted, adventure sandals made in Seattle, Washington that preserve the age-old connection between the human foot and the planet. LUNAs are outdoor sandals that are great for hiking, walking, trail running, marathoning, and just about any other adventure you can imagine. They are also just awesome to wear every day.

Shoe Types: Sandals

Features: Verified Barefoot, Handmade

Price: ~$100

MERRELL

From Merrell's very first custom made hiking boots to their latest product innovations, they make all of their products with four core values in mind: Comfort, Durability, Design, and Versatility. For them, it’s all about removing the barriers to enjoying the great outdoors.

You'll want to look specifically at Merrell's Vapor Glove model if you're looking for a 'Verified Barefoot' shoe, otherwise, Merrell makes a lot of minimalist shoes that are in their 'Barefoot' category.

Shoe Types: Shoes

Features: Verified Barefoot

Price: ~$100

SHAMMA SANDALS

Shamma makes performance-focused footwear that makes you feel barefoot, while at the same time increasing your performance and keeping you safe. Their sandals are responsive, light, and form up to the exact shape of your individual feet - staying with you, supporting your activity, without getting in the way.

Shoe Types: Sandals

Features: Verified Barefoot, Handmade

Price: ~$100

XERO SHOES

Over 80,000 people in 94 countries wear Xero Shoes for walking, hiking, yoga, biking, working out, Crossfit, even running 100-mile ultramarathons through the jungles of Costa Rica. Xero Shoes let you enjoy natural, barefoot movement, with just-enough protection, an authentic style that's your very own with a 5,000-mile warranty!

Shoe Types: Shoes, Sandals, Boots

Features: Verified Barefoot, DIY

Price: $20 for DIY, ~$100 for shoes, ~$150 for boots

Minimalist Shoe Brands

Sometimes, shoes don't meet all of the standards but are pretty close and help you to transition to fully barefoot. I'll be referring to these as 'Minimalist'.

Altra

Elite runners and running store managers started Altra out of a need for a better, more comfortable running experience. What started as experimental shoe alterations in the back room of a Wasatch Mountain running store has evolved the only running shoe company to combine a foot shape toe box and fully cushioned zero-drop platform.

Shoe Types: Shoes, Boots

Features: Verified Barefoot, Waterproof/resistant

Price: ~$100+ for shoes, ~$150 for boots

CARSON

Everett Carson needed a better shoe. Finding most options were uncomfortable, poorly conceived, and imported. He wanted neutral running shoes that he actually enjoyed running in, and he wanted them made in the USA. So he started making them myself.

Shoe Types: Shoes

Features: Verified Barefoot, Custom Fit

Price: ~$130+ for shoes

NEW BALANCE

At New Balance, their goal is to aid athletes in their pursuit of excellence, whether that means helping professional athletes set records and win medals, or propelling everyday athletes to achieve a new PR, run their first 5K, or just to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.

You'll want to look specifically at Minimus model if you're looking for a 'Minimalist' shoe, otherwise, most of their shoes are not considered minimalist.

Shoe Types: Shoes

Features: Verified Barefoot, Custom Fit

Price: ~$130+ for shoes

TOPO

Topo believes in making exceptional shoes that help bring out your natural stride – in running and in life. We exhibit this through a commitment to quality, both in product and in our daily actions that impact our world.

Topo shoes are lightweight with a wider toe box, but all of their shoes are not zero-drop.

Shoe Types: Shoes

Price: ~$130+ for shoes, $150+ boots

This is just a list of companies that are USA based. Many other amazing companies ship to the USA from all over the world! 

For a complete list, check out our Ultimate List of Barefoot Shoes & Minimalist Shoes.

- Adam