In the annual celebration of minimalist footwear design, the Golden Toe Awards illuminate the leading brands redefining both style and functionality in the world of barefoot shoes. This year’s results showcase the global barefoot shoe community’s choices across various categories, each one vital for different activities and purposes. Here is the gateway into the premium world of barefoot shoes, unraveling the winners of the Golden Toe Awards 2023.
The Cream of the Crop: Best Barefoot Shoes Overall 👟
Zing by Barebarics, Prio by Xero Shoes, and Tanuki by Wildling Shoes were the best performers overall, painting a comprehensive picture of the most all-rounded footwear options in the market.
The Champions in Barefoot Road Running Shoes 🏃
When it comes to hitting the track with the best barefoot road running shoes, Xero Shoes emerged as the frontrunner with their HFS model, followed closely by their Speed Force, with Freet's Flex taking the third position.
Unveiling the Bravest Barefoot Trail Running Shoes ⛰️
The Golden Toe community chose the Mesa Trail II by Xero Shoes as the leading barefoot trail shoe, with Feldom by Freet and Primus Trail II by Vivobarefoot not far behind.
Stepping Out with the Best Barefoot Hiking Boots 🥾
Scrambler Mid by Xero Shoes took the top honors in the Best Barefoot Hiking Boots category, indicating a strong brand presence. They were followed by Boulder Boots by LEMS and Tracker II by Vivobarefoot.
Least Concessions, Maximum Comfort: Best Winter Barefoot Shoes and Boots 🥶
For chilly weathers, Mika and Alpine by Xero Shoes were the top two winners, proving again that Xero Shoes dominates almost all categories. LEMS with their Boulder Boots claimed the third position.
Dress to Impress: Best Barefoot Dress Shoes 👞Golden toe awards trophy👞Golden toe awards trophy
In the Best Barefoot Dress Shoes category, Phoenix by Xero Shoes surpassed others, with Nine2five by LEMS and Brenston by Birchbury featuring in the runner-ups.
Set your Kids Feet Free with the Best Kids Barefoot shoes
Enjoy Freedom with the Best Barefoot Sandals
In the exciting category of Barefoot Sandals, Geniale Sandals topped the list with their model Geniale, followed by Z-Trek by Xero Shoes and Circadian Lifestyle by Earth Runners.
Acing Fitness Goals with the Best Gym/Training Barefoot Shoes
For gym fanatics, 360 by Xero shoes won the Best Gym/Training Barefoot Shoe category. Primus Lite by Vivo barefoot and Primal 2 by LEMS also made it to the podium.
The Green Warriors: Most Sustainable Barefoot Shoe Brands
On sustainable frontiers, Wildlings proved their dominance, followed by Be Lenka and Vivobarefoot.
The Best in Business: Top Barefoot Shoe Retailers
Cool East Market from Canada, Anyas Shop from USA, and the UK-based Happy Little Soles were the top retailers in this category, as per the community.
The Golden Toe Awards 2023 results highlight how the world of minimalist footwear is being redefined by these outstanding brands that focus on quality, sustainability, and innovation. As the global barefoot shoe community continues to expand, it is exciting to anticipate what lies ahead in the evolution of barefoot shoes.