FAQ

mimimal barefoot sandals

Why should I consider minimal footwear?

We wrote an entire page to answer this question. Check our Why Minimal page here:

How much room should I leave between my toes and the edge of the template?
The final sole shape of your sandal will be the same as the template (although there may be some very slight variations). The amount of excess sole is ultimately up to your own personal preference. However, we recommend that your toes are comfortably positioned within the sole outline and that there is not more than 3/4 inch of space in front of your toes. Too much excess sole can cause the front of the sole to catch and cause tripping.

What if I can see more than one number between my toes? How should I choose one?
You should stand on the sole template and position your foot as you would like it to fit. Take a pencil and place a mark between your toes, all the way back against your foot where the toes connect. You can then remove your foot from the template and see what number correlates closest to the dot you made. You can double check that number by placing the tip of the pencil on the dot and then placing your foot back on the template with the pencil between your toes as if it were the toe strap.

I have a commonly shaped foot and I don't want to bother with printing templates. Can I get a standard size?
Yes, under the template and toe strap number drop down menus you have the option to choose "STANDARD". We will construct your sandal with the most common template and toe strap number.

Do you ship overseas? If so, how do I place my order?

Yes, we frequently ship sandals all over the world, including Australia, Singapore, Japan, Russia, etc.! Shipping to Canada is USD$15 for 1-2 pairs of sandals. International shipping anywhere else is USD$20 for 1-2 pairs of sandals. You can easily place your order directly through our website and check out using your credit card or PayPal account.

What are the differences between the 6mm suction cup & 4mm star outsoles?

There are a couple of major differences. The first is the thickness of the rubber (6mm vs. 4mm). Both soles are flexible and offer excellent ground feel. The next main difference is the tread pattern on the soles. The 6mm sole has a more aggressive tread with more grip than the 4mm sole. This makes it great for trail running, hiking, and water use. The 4mm sole still offers good traction, but creates less friction with smooth surfaces, making it great for road running or just everyday use.

How do I know which footbed to choose?

This is generally a personal preference, but here are some things for you to consider. The standard footbed is our thinnest option, measuring about 1mm thick. It allows for the most flexibility and ground feel and gives you the most minimal sole we offer when paired with the 4mm outsole. The ultra footbed offers a bit more cushioning without sacrificing flexibility. It is great for those who want a little more protection from sharp rocks, sticks and other items. It is great when paired with the 4mm sole to reduce “floppiness” without adding a lot of extra weight.

What sandal model would you recommend for running?

The Wokova Feather was designed with runners in mind. The webbing is narrower and lighter. The buckle system takes a little more to get adjusted but once it is set at the right tension the high tensil elastic loop allows some stretch to get the sandals on and off more easily. It also creates a "suspension" system that holds the sandal to the foot securely while allowing it to stretch as the foot flexes. The new Keota model also has similar features to the Feather.

For hiking?

All of our models are commonly used for hiking depending on the intensity of the hike. If you are on a longer distance hike and the toe strap may bother you, the Pah Tempe is a good option. The Pah Tempe is very secure for rugged terrain, water, and any time when lateral movement is required. It can also be paired with regular socks if necessary. We don't recommend pairing the 4mm sole with the standard footbed with this model because it is so flexible the front is more likely to flop down and catch the ground.

The Uinta also offers great stability especially at the front of the foot for downhill hiking and in water situations such as river crossings.

If you are backpacking then you will likely want sandals that can be paired with socks. The Pah Tempe and the Uinta can both be worn with regular socks.

What is the difference between the Pah Tempe & PT Sleek models?

The main difference between the Pah Tempe & PT Sleek models is the width of the straps. The PT Sleek straps are narrower than the Pah Tempe straps. This gives a bit more of a feminine look to the PT Sleek, but can also increase “toe flop”. For this reason, we don’t generally recommend the PT Sleek in large sizes.

Can Unshoes get wet?

Yes! Unshoes are waterproof and are great for use in all sorts of water activities. They can also be hand washed when needed. Read here for more info about how to wash your Unshoes.

 

How do I adjust my Wokova Feather/Keota straps?
Here is a video that will help explain the adjustment process.