Here are all the answers to the most frequently asked questions about GROUNDIES.
Size and fit
Unless otherwise stated on the article page, please order your usual size or refer to our size chart. If you are between sizes, please order the larger one. It is okay for the fit to be a bit looser. With 12mm space in front of the toes you will achieve perfect barefoot feeling. So as long as your foot doesn't slip out of the back of the shoe and you have good support in the midfoot area, the shoe fits.
GROUNDIES may seem narrower at first glance than other barefoot shoes. This is due to our design. GROUNDIES are deliberately cut very wide, especially in the forefoot area. They have an anatomically shaped toe box. Women's styles have a slightly narrower cut than men's styles.
Cleaning and care
Please use a cloth and cold, clear water or a sponge to clean your GROUNDIES. Waterproofing is recommended to protect the shoes from dirt and environmental influences.
You should treat your leather shoes with care. We ask you to follow the usual instructions for leather shoe care. Leather should only be cleaned with clear water or a special detergent and needs moisture from time to time. We recommend treatment with wax or a leather care product from our range.
Yes, the sole is very thin, but offers you effective protection against stones, sharp objects and other irregularities on the ground.
Barefoot shoes can help to strengthen your foot muscles and correct your posture. Many doctors and physiotherapists therefore recommend wearing barefoot shoes. If in doubt, you should check with your doctor whether barefoot shoes are recommended in your particular case.
Basically you can wear GROUNDIES with insoles. However, the purpose of barefoot shoes is to strengthen the foot muscles so that they can support themselves. Insoles, on the other hand, let the muscles relax. One possibility would be to wear the insoles during the transition phase and then gradually drop them. In case of doubt, please speak to your doctor.
Walking and running regularly in barefoot shoes may help strenghten the foot muscles, mobility and the sensory functions of the feet. However, you should always be careful when walking. This is the most important protection against injuries.
Material and Production
GROUNDIES are produced entirely in the EU. The soles are made in Germany. The shoes are manufactured in our factories in Portugal and Spain.
For GROUNDIES we use only high quality leather from Portugal and Spain. The vegan styles are made of high quality imitation leather and mesh materials.
The GROUNDIES barefoot sole is only 3.3mm thin and has a 3mm profile. It is also very light and flexible. It is non-slip, abrasion-resistant and offers you a secure grip on many surfaces.
Walking barefoot is healthy and natural. However, it is not possible in every situation. This is due to sharp objects of the ground and the weather. GROUNDIES protect your feet, but at the same time offer you a feeling that comes as close as possible to walking barefoot. This is achieved by the wide, foot-friendly fit and the super-thin, flexible sole.
Take it slow! Your foot muscles might be weakened if you are used to wearing conventional shoes. It has to rebuild slowly. We advise you to wear your new GROUNDIES only for shorter periods of time and on short walking distances. Over time you can gradually increase wearing time and distances. At the beginning you may feel sore muscles in your feet and calves. This is quite normal, so don't worry.
GROUNDIES are suitable for everyday life, leisure and work. GROUNDIES are light, soft and flexible. With their small pack size, they also fit easily into your luggage or backpack.
Most of our customers wear their GROUNDIES with socks. The word "barefoot shoe" refers to the fact that the thin, flexible sole and wide, foot-shaped fit give you the feeling of walking barefoot.
Orders and returns
After ordering you will receive an order confirmation by e-mail. If you cannot find it, please check your spam folder first. If you still cannot find the e-mail, please contact our customer service via email: [email protected]
You will receive a refund of the purchase price when you return your shoes. Please return the pair that does not fit to us and place a new order with the correct size. This means we treat both orders separately. That way you always know, whether the shoe you want as a replacement is also available.