Recommended Shoe List

This list was obtained by a trusted foot/ankle specialist in the area Dr. Daniel Hoopes, see his website for more information.

Brand Physiologic Foot Shape Zero-Drop Heel/Toe (Good) Sole Padding (less usually better) Formal Styles available Price Web Site & Notes
Altra ★★★★ Variable ✔ Casual $$ – $$$$ altrazerodrop.com
Lems ★★★ Variable ✔ Casual $$$$ lemsshoes.com
Merrell-Glove Series ★★★  ✔ Little, Variable ✔ Casual $$$$ merrell.com
Vivobarefoot ★★★ None ✔ Many $$$$ vivobarefoot.com
New Balance Minimus ★★★ Little $$$ joesnewbalanceoutlet.com                      Model 10v2 Trail and any shoe based on the NL-1 last.For basketball: Minimus Cross-Training
Patagonia (Honeycomb sole models only) ★★ Yes ✔ Many $$$$ patagonia.com                                            ONLY good models: Pau, Loulu, Banyan
Sanuk ★★★    Almost Some ✔ Casual $$ sanuk.com
Imitation Sanuk ★★★★ Little ✔ Casual $ Go to local Wal-Mart. “Sanuk-style” ONLY. They are better than real Sanuk in terms of foot health, but a step down in quality.
Keen ★★ Yes ✔ Casual $$$$ keenfootwear.com                                   Has steel toe options.
Vibram Five Fingers ★★★★★ Variable $$ – $$$ vibramfivefingers.com                          Possibly the best “shoe” ever, but you might get made fun of.
Topo Athletic ★★★ Almost Variable $$$$ topoathletic.com
Crocs (clogs only) ★★★ Yes $$ – $$$ crocs.com                                                    Only the clogs are good enough to make this list, unfortunately.
Primal Professional ★★★ Very Little ✔ Formal Only $$$$$$ theprimalprofessional.com                      Men’s only, very formal.
Kids Shoes
Kid O Fit ★★★★ None (Good!) $$ kidofit.com                                                  Kids only.
Plae ★★★★ None (Good!) $$ goplae.com                                                 Kids only.