Gareth Tate
  • Barefoot Shoes

    We believe there are some real advantages when a foot is positioned in a shoe to be similar to when barefoot. Our level footbed and wider toebox, allows feet to be in their natural position for excellent balance and proper biomechanics. 

The One that Started It All

Loyak M's

$ 90

A low volume, high performance shoe providing durability, superlative grip, and supreme comfort on water or land. The self-draining, Flex-Gripoutsole promotes excellent balance and ground feel. Indestructible, hydrophobic canvas uppers are securely held to your feet with a stretch mesh tongue and flat laces provide a reliable fit.

As featured in Outside as Best Water Shoes of 2018.

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Color: Navy/Brown

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s my size in Astral shoes?

Astral shoes tend to fit true to size when worn barefoot or with a thin sock. In general, you may want to consider going up 1/2 size to accommodate dry suit booties or a thick sock. Our shoes are designed to be narrow in the heel and mid foot, with a wide toe box. This allows the shoe to be low profile, but leaves room for your foot to spread out when carrying weight (a kayak). We consider any foot greater than E as possibly too wide for our shoes, however they do stretch out a bit after breaking them in.
When possible we suggest to try them on before purchase at your local Astral dealer.
Below is an international size conversion chart for Astral Footwear:

UK US Mens US Women's US - Unisex (M/W) CM EU
4.5   6 5/6 23.5 37 1/2
5   6.5 5.5 / 6.5 24 38
5.5   7 6/7 24.5 38 2/3
6   7.5 6.5/7.5 25 39 1/3
6.5   8 7/8 25.5 40
7   8.5 7.5/8.5 25.75 40 2/3
7.5 8 9 8/9 26 41 1/3
8 8.5 9.5 8.5/9.5 26.5 42
8.5 9 10 9/10 27 42 2/3
9 9.5 10.5 9.5/10.5 27.5 43 1/3
9.5 10 11 10/11 28 44
10 10.5 11.5 10.5/11.5 28.5 44 2/3
10.5 11 12 11/12 28.75 45 1/3
11 11.5   11.5 29 46
11.5 12   12 29.5 46 2/3
12 12.5   12.5 30 47 1/3
12.5 13   13 30.5 48
13.5 14   14 31.25 49 1/3

Reviews

Awesome barefoot summer shoes.

July 15, 2019

I bought these as Sperry Topsider replacements, and they are a superior option. The navy/brown has a classic look without being too snobby like the Sperry. They are the most comfortable barefoot shoe I have worn in warm weather because they don't cause blisters and they really breathe. My Read More feet do sweat a little, but much less than in other shoes. They are my new favorites for morning dog walks too!

submitted by: John, Oregon

Most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.

March 01, 2020

I can walk or run or hike in these for hours with no foot pain at all. All my other shoes squish up my toes and give me foot pain after a few hours.

submitted by: Kristina Miller, San Francisco

Best shoe for strengthening your feet

July 01, 2019

Feet are much like hands when it comes to how the muscles work. If you dont exercise the muscles, the get lazy and problems start to develop. Most shoes want you to have thick foam or air in the sole to make their shoes more comfortable to wear. This Read More "comfort" is like wearing thick leather gloves on your hands, in that it will inhibit your ability to feel the ground beneath your feet. This in turn will cause your feet to become more reliant on the comfort and support and can lead to things like plantar fasciitis or knee problems because of imbalances introduced by big, heavy, comfy shoes. I have had my Astrals for 3 years and they are the closest thing to being barefoot I can get when I have to wear shoes.

submitted by: Corey Hodges, Honolulu, Hawaii

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