Barefoot shoes offer the best compromise between natural movements, weight and protection of your feet. But when it comes to harsh desert environments and extreme weather conditions, you need to choose footwear that is both sturdy and breathable. If you want to enjoy the sensation of being barefoot on desert sand dunes without scorching your feet, it’s worth to invest in a good pair of desert-proof barefoot boots or shoes. We have researched and reviewed the very best on the market:

Best Barefoot Shoes for Sand Dunes

1. VIVOBAREFOOT Namib Desert Boots

Best for Desert Hiking

Made from camel leather to withstand extreme weather and desert conditions, while managing to stay lightweight and breathable. High quality trekking shoes resistant to sand and easy to wash.


VIVOBAREFOOT has designed this boot in collaboration with the best world’s outdoorsmen and tested them in a real desert environment. Nature proof and perfected for feet, these shoes are ideal for desert hiking and nature trekking in hot climates.


  • Camel leather
  • Removable nylon ankle strap
  • Padded calf skin collar lining
  • Rubber multi sole – made with sticky rubber performance compound
  • Removable cork insole – naturally anti-bacterial

VIVOBAREFOOT Namib Desert Boot Review

Made with incredibly sturdy leather and padded calf skin sourced from free-roaming animals, these shoes are both functional and breathable and well worth the price. As the name suggests, these boots are inspired by the Namibian desert and the use of camel leather ensures resistance to most desert conditions. The removable nylon velcro and cork insoles help protect from the sand and are both antibacterial and easy to wash, which is gonna save you a lot of time if you are hiking and surfing down sand dunes. Despite their sturdy look, VIVOBAREFOOT Namib boots are extra thin and lightweight, exactly how you’d expect barefoot shoes to feel. Personally, I love their overall look and feel – even more so after using them out in the dunes as they get a bit of a worn out aesthetic. Highly recommended.

✅ Sturdy & DurableNot Vegan
Suitable for trekking

2. VIVOBAREFOOT Gobi II Leather Walking Shoes

Best minimalist shoes

Trendy and comfortable casual shoes that can withstand most weather and terrain conditions, with a shelf life of about 1-3 years. Great look in brown or black.


The Gobi II is our classic minimalist desert boot, designed so you can explore every day with true barefoot sensory feedback and freedom of movement. This shoe is made from Wild Hide the naturally-scarred leather of free-roaming cattle, sourced from small-scale farmers in Ethiopia.


  • Naturally scarred African Wild Hide leather
  • Soft leather collar lining
  • Removable cork insole – naturally anti-bacterial
  • Available in two colors: black and obsydian


These minimalist shoes are as comfy as they are stylish and come in two colors – brown and black (“obsydian”). Their zero-drop shoe feature means they are completely flat with no elevation from heel to toe, making them ideal for casual daily walks and small hikes. They can withstand most types of weather and terrain conditions, but they are not as durable as the Namib – if used extensively they will start wearing out after a couple of months, and you should expect them to last no more than a couple of years. Still, they make an excellent choice for travelling on sand dunes and desert locations.

✅ Comfortable and lightweightNot Vegan
Great for casual walks and hikes Last 1-3 years

3. VIVOBAREFOOT Primus Trail FG Shoe

Vegan and Eco-friendly

Versatile and high-functioning trekking shoes for rough terrains and pavements. Vegan and made from sustainable recycled materials.


Wear your sustainability statement on your feet with Primus Trail FG. Constructed for durability and flexibility, this vegan shoe is made using PET plastic bottles recycled into durable performance materials, to create lightweight and breathable movement. Featuring our firm ground outsole with low-profile lugs, designed for traction on trails and rocky terrains.


  • Ultra thin soles for maximum sensory feedback.
  • 100% Vegan
  • Made with recycled PET plastic bottles, and featuring a bio-based BLOOM insole – train hard while treading lightly on the planet.
  • Firm Ground (FG) Sole – for rocky and rough terrains.
  • Available in different colors

VIVOBAREFOOT Primus Trail FG Shoe Review

Possibly the most comfortable trekking shoes you’ll ever put on your feet, Primus Trail are incredibly versatile and high-performance barefoot shoes. If you are planning to hike on desert sand dunes, make sure to hop for the “FG” (Firm Ground) variant. These zero-ground (flat) sole shoes are ideal for both walking and running in most types of terrains and are entirely vegan and environmentally friendly – made from recycled PET plastic bottles.

✅ Vegan and eco-friendlyOnly suited for dry environments
Great for hard terrains and pavements

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