Like our original sandal design, the Unshoes Forager is based on ancient footwear with contemporary design elements. This moccasin-inspired shoe is designed as a highly versatile shoe that can perform in a wide variety of situations. It features a 4mm rubber sole and a removable insert with 7mm total stack height. It is made of suede and is very flexible and molds to the unique shape of each foot. These shoes are extremely soft, supple, and lightweight which makes them some of the most comfortable and minimal shoes out there!
As always, our shoes are flexible, zero-drop, have a foot-shaped toe box, and are made in the USA. The leather has a short break-in period, so it is ok if they are a little snug when you first put them on. Leather is an extremely flexible and pliable material and will relax and stretch some with wear.
Due to the nature of dyed leather, there is a chance that you will get some dye transfer onto your feet in the first couple of uses.
These were my first pair of truly minimalist shoes, and they changed my life.
From the moment I first wore them, my neuroma pain vanished, and I never had another case of plantar fasciitis. I had had very severe foot pain in my 50s, and now in my 60s it’s just gone. I know not everyone can transition so fast, but for me it was instant and miraculous.
I never wear traditional shoes any more. In fact, my feet have become so muscular and my toes have become so free and wide that I couldn’t get into traditional shoes if I wanted to.
It is surprising how few moccasins are actually barefoot-friendly. So many have a narrow toe box or a stiff sole. I wanted something REALLY versatile that is a little more dressy, but that I can also wear casually with jeans (or even shorts). These are it! I chose the black color with black stitching, since the other leather colors looked more casual to me. I did remove the toggle from the elastic cord and tie a knot instead for a more streamlined look, which actually seems more secure and and looks fantastic!
Fit-wise, I have bony, low volume feet, so adding some tongue pads and wearing with no-show socks (OR using insoles) makes them fit perfect. I will also be able to wear with thicker socks in winter due to the extra room, which is a plus. The included insole is a little sweaty in summer, but hey, these are leather shoes; they are not going to be breezy.
I have 24x9.6cm (when splayed) Greek feet with narrow heels (duck shape) and I sized down to a 7. My toes touch the top seam, but there is still plenty of splay room, which is just what I wanted.
There is an inner seam in the bottom back, where the sole meets the heel, that was a little irritating at first, but is softening. I also trimmed that bit a little, which helped.
I purchased these mostly for casual and dressy-casual wear, but they are so comfortable, I might also use them as a walking shoe, Thanks, Unshoes, for making a truly comfortable and versatile shoe.
The Terra Vidas were too narrow so I got the Forager, and when I put them on, my feet went Ahhhh, luxurious, like a soft plushy bed! I've tried a ton of zero drop shoes, and these are excellent for my wide feet and they are so comfortable. My feet are 23.6 cm long and 25 cm wide, and I got a size 7, and they fit perfectly, so I hope they don't stretch too much. I love these shoes!
I’ve tried a number of barefoot brands, and both of my top two shoes are from Unshoes. I do have one caveat: I have had to make my own small alterations to each in order to make them truly work, but once made, they are AMAZING! For the Forager, I found the socks I wear are key. I found that Peds low socks are perfect and don’t slip down. I cannot wear these without socks due to the seam going down the back heel, but I wouldn’t want to anyway just for smell purposes. I did make one change to the shoe itself, and that was to remove the little tightener things holding the cords, tie pretty-ish knots at the precise tightness needed, and cut off the extra cord (including melting the ends to keep them from fraying) — wish I could add a photo to show you. Overall, the modification took less than 15 minutes and now they are PERFECT! I have used my Foragers most days since I bought them in December and it is now June and they’re still looking and feeling good. I will replace them perpetually so long as Unshoes keeps making them.
For several years I have been searching for a replacement for my favorite pair of "shoes". I had previously purchased a pair of Pah Tempe 2.0 sandals and have enjoyed wearing them for a couple of years, but I was still lacking a casual shoe until now.
I received an email from Unshoes about the upcoming Labor Day Sale. It was the day before the sale and I had a question. I submitted my question through the contact us link on this site. I was worried I would not receive a reply in time to take advantage of the sale. I woke up the next morning to find that Sara Jane had already replied the same evening. I placed my order the morning of the Labor Day sale and received my shoes a mere 3 days later.
After the initial 30 second break in period, I was in love. The more I walked in them the better they felt. The elastic tassel also acts a synch strap to ensure a snug fit, they actually hug my feet. I wore them to a concert the next night where I stood and danced the night away. Highly recommend them and I seeing a pair Forager Brown in my future.
Thanks Sara Jane and Unshoes.
Our sizing is based on standard shoe sizing and is typically true to size, however, we suggest measuring your foot and and using the shoe size chart below to determine the best size for you. Stand with your heel against a wall and place a ruler or measuring tape along your foot to measure the total distance from the wall to the longest part of your foot. If you already own a pair of Unshoes sandals, you will likely wear the same size but please check the chart to make sure.
|8.5 in, 21.6 cm
|8.75 in, 22.2 com
|8.875 in, 22.5 cm
|9.0625 in, 23 cm
|9.25 in, 23.5 cm
|Women's 7/Men's 6
|9.375 in, 23.8 cm
|Women's 7.5/Men's 6.5
|9.5 in, 24.1
|Women's 8/Men's 7
|9.6875 in, 24.6 cm
|Women's 8.5/Men's 7.5
|9.875 in, 25.1 cm
|Women's 9/Men's 8
|10 in, 25.4 cm
|Women's 9.5/Men's 8.5
|10.2 in, 25.9 cm
|Women's 10/Men's 9
|10.32 in, 26.2 cm
|Women's 10.5/Men's 9.5
|10.5 in, 26.7 cm
|Women's 11/Men's 10
|10.7 in, 27.2 cm
|Women's 11.5/Men's 10.5
|10.825 in, 27.6 cm
|Women's 12/Men's 11
|11.1 in, 28.3 cm
|11.25 in, 28.6 cm
|11.56 in, 29.4 cm
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