Frequent Questions

Barestep Actives

A barefoot shoe is a type of minimalist footwear that is designed to mimic the feeling of walking or running barefoot while still providing some protection and support for the feet. Barefoot shoes typically have thin, flexible soles that allow for natural foot movement and sensory feedback, as well as a wide toe box to allow for proper toe splay. They are often lightweight and breathable, and are designed to encourage good posture and gait mechanics.

Barestep shoes differ from traditional running shoes in several ways. Firstly, Barestep shoes have thin, flexible soles that allow for greater sensory feedback and a more natural foot movement. They also have a wider toe box to allow for proper toe splay, which can help to improve foot strength and balance. Additionally, Barestep shoes typically have little to no arch support, which encourages the foot to develop its natural arches over time. Traditional running shoes, on the other hand, often have thick, cushioned soles and a more narrow toe box, as well as significant arch support and stability features.

Barestep shoes are suitable for a wide variety of activities, including running, hiking, weightlifting, yoga, and other fitness activities. They are also great for water activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming, as many Barestep models are water-resistant and have drainage holes to allow water to flow out easily. Additionally, Barestep shoes are comfortable and versatile enough to be worn for everyday use, providing the benefits of a barefoot shoe even when you're not exercising.

Barestep shoes are water-resistant, meaning they are designed to repel water and keep your feet dry in light rain or wet conditions. However, they are not fully waterproof and may not be suitable for activities that involve prolonged exposure to water.

The Barestep Actives can be a great choice for people with plantar fasciitis. Their minimalist design, wide toe box, arch support, lightweight and flexible construction, and foot-strengthening benefits make them an ideal choice for those looking to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis.

We have many customers who have provided us with positive feedback regarding bunions and they are raving about the relief it brings/provides.

You can definitely wear Barestep shoes for everyday use! In fact, many people find that Barestep shoes are the most comfortable shoes they've ever worn, thanks to their flexible soles, wide toe box, and natural foot movement. Whether you're running errands, going for a walk, or just hanging out at home, Barestep shoes provide the benefits of a barefoot shoe without sacrificing style or comfort. Of course, they are also great for exercise and can help improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury during physical activity.

Sizing & Fit

Yes, our Barestep shoes run true to size. We recommend choosing the size you normally wear for the best fit.

We recommend sizing down if you are between sizes for the best fit. Our shoes are designed to fit snugly for optimal performance.

Yes, SA sizes and UK sizes are the same. So if you normally wear a UK size 7, you should choose a SA size 7 as well.

No, we do not offer half sizes. However, if you are between sizes, we recommend sizing down for the best fit.

  1. Place a piece of paper on a flat surface, such as a floor or table.
  2. Stand on the paper with your heel against a wall or other vertical surface.
  3. Make sure your foot is flat on the paper and your weight is evenly distributed.
  4. Use a pen or pencil to mark the longest part of your foot on the paper.
  5. Measure the distance between the heel and the longest part of your foot with a ruler or measuring tape.
  6. Compare the measurement to our size chart to determine the best size for you. Remember, our shoes run true to size so choose the size you normally wear. If you are between sizes, size down for the best fit.
Delivery & Returns

Once your order has been placed, please allow 24-48 hours for processing. After processing, delivery typically takes an additional 3-7 days depending on your location. We will provide you with a tracking number once your order has shipped so you can keep an eye on its progress.

Shipping costs vary depending on your location and the size of your order. We offer free shipping on all orders to South Africa. For international orders, shipping costs will be calculated at checkout.

If you are not satisfied with your Barestep shoes for any reason, you can submit a return within 30 days of receiving your order. We offer free returns for sizing and general dissatisfaction. If you need to return an item, please contact our customer service team and they will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.

Yes, we offer free exchanges for sizing and at an additional cost for colour. If you need to exchange an item, please contact our customer service team and they will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.

If your order arrives damaged or defective, please contact our customer service team right away. They will instruct you on how to get a refund or exchange for your item.

At this time, we only offer shipping to South Africa. However, we are constantly working to expand our reach and hope to offer international shipping in the future.

We offer order tracking on our website. Once your order has shipped, we will provide you with a tracking number that you can use to track your package. Simply visit our website and enter your order number and email address or phone number to track your order.