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Why Wear Bared?

Reviewed by the Experts

Now, we know what you're thinking, who is Bared? You may have heard there's something different about our shoes, perhaps you're questioning how comfy they really are? We're here to help. We're an iconic Australian footwear label dedicated to designing crazy comfy footwear that people don't want to take off.

It all started way back when the only shoes you could find was either fabulously hurtful, or hideously comfy, and no in-between. That's where our founder, Anna, comes in. As a podiatrist forced to recommend said (hideously comfy) shoes, she saw a gap in the market and set out to answer all our footwear prayers.

Still not convinced? Don't take our word for it, we turned to the professionals to put our kicks to the ultimate test.

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Karina Lilja

Karina Lilja

PODIATRIST

"Thank goodness for Bared! It’s so nice to see a shoe company making great looking, on trend but still comfortable shoes! They feel just as good as they look! I always get compliments whenever I wear a pair. As a Podiatrist, I find getting patients into good, supportive shoes can be a challenge. We normally see feet that are problematic which can cause headaches when trying to suggest the right shoe. Our patients don’t always make the right choices.

Being able to send them to Bared with staff that are experienced in shoe fitting takes away the headache for both me and my patients. They offer a wide variety of styles to suit everyone for all occasions. The staff in store provide excellent service and can help improve fit with insoles and padding. During COVID I found their online service so helpful and refreshingly easy. I really must say the staff at Bared, whether it’s online or in store, make shopping for shoes an absolute pleasure. The only problem I find is that once you have one pair it’s hard to stop there. It makes it very hard to go back to ordinary shoes! Your feet will just love the comfort."

Somala Jacobs

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Sanderlings

"I've just started wearing the Sanderlings to work and they are ticking all the boxes. These sandals are super comfortable while I'm in practice on my feet all day, they're supportive in all the right places for me and they look great. Perfect for work and days off. Very happy to recommend these shoes."

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Cam Palmer

SPORTS PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"Fully recommend Bared footwear! Functionally perfect shoes, incorporating all the aspects shoes need to protect feet and they have a removable insole if you need to put your own orthotics in. Often creating functional shoes takes away from the look of the shoes but not these, they are very stylish!"

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Lewis Viney

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"As a male podiatrist I recognise there is limited options for male dress shoes that caters to both support, cushioning and style, so when patients ask for recommendations it can be difficult to recommend good shoes for professional attire. This is why Bared Footwear has always been a solid go to for my patients foot health as their designs take into account functional needs of the foot while retaining an aesthetic appeal.

One standout from the Bared range that I personally wear and recommend is the Osmium oxford style shoe. The Osmium comes with the famous Bared footbed that provides many features that support the arch, forefoot and heel. The Osmium provides extensive comfort while leaving your feet feeling supported and ready for what the day and night demands of them."

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Elyssa Parodi

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Sora

"I regularly refer many of my patients to Bared footwear and all are pleasantly surprised when they see how beautiful the shoes are and that they are made by a podiatrist. I have multiple pairs of Bared shoes which I used for work, casual day-outings and nights out in the city! As a podiatrist I am always looking for comfortable sandals for summer that aren't too narrow, pointy or uncomfortable.

The Sora sandal is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months. It’s a sandal that goes well with any item of clothing. The design of the Bared insole enables me to walk long distances and stand for many hours without feeling any discomfort. Although they are pointy, Bared have designed them in a way that your toes won’t be squished! This is a big WIN in my books and if often why I recommend Bared to my patients"

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Plover Raewyn Phipps

Raewyn Phipps

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Plover

"My Plover's are the best work shoe ever. I love the way they taper without squashing my toes together. Looking smart while being comfortable. As a casual sneaker the Skua fits the bill perfectly. Easy to wear and structured enough to walk to town for coffee. I am looking forward to deciding what my next pair of Bared shoes will be."

Isaac Moulton

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Manganese

"I could not recommend Bared footwear high enough! The quality, the comfort and the style are what make this footwear podiatrically sound. As a podiatrist, Bared footwear is my first point of call for footwear prescription/updates. Patients have only stated comfort and pain relief when they change to Bared footwear for their day-to-day use. This is due to the unique insole design in the shoe, as well as the ability to fit a prescribed shoe insert. My personal collection of Bared footwear is growing for work to casual use and so should yours!"

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Juliet Mollica

Juliet Mollica

SPORTS PODIATRIST

"After practising for 25 years it is great to finally find a footwear brand that provides all the important features of a shoe that we look for as Podiatrists but is also aesthetically fantastic. This is ultimately what patients want. I wear orthotics myself and previously having limited options I am very happy Bared was established. I have absolute faith that my patients will love them as well and would highly recommend them for quality and service."

Iridium Darryn Sargant

Darryn Sargant

SPORTS PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"How would I describe Bared shoes – BOLD, BALANCED and BENEFICIAL. Bold in that Bared have a very stylish and fashionably current men’s and women’s range. Balanced in that are both considerate and sensitive to the biomechanical needs of patients with width, depth and fit and function. Beneficial in that given the above, being able to refer for Bared shoes assists both myself and patients to achieve a comfortable and effective outcome.

My personal experience with the Iridium was surprising comfort from the first step. Footbed was plush and stable. Slightly tight across my broad foot being a slip-on boot, but within a day was able to wear all day. Very happy."

Rebecca Neaves

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Cottinga

"As a podiatrist I love encouraging my patients to visit Bared as their store provide the ultimate care in finding the right shoe for everyone. I know patients will be fitted correctly in stylish but supportive shoes.

Many people struggle to find the shoe that fits there foot correctly, but the products and knowledge Bared has enables accessibility to all. Bared provides multiple casual, corporate and fashionable options for both men and women for any event or day."

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Carmel Maher

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Noddy

"Having been a Podiatrist for well over 20 years, finding comfortable, fashionable footwear for myself and patients was always a challenge, let alone shoes that could accommodate orthotic devices. When Bared entered the market it was a welcomed breath of fresh air.

Bared shoes are comfortable for a full day of work or leisure and their heels keep your feet happy for a night out. Not living close to a Bared store, I rely on online shopping for myself and my patients, however the staff make this process seamless which provides me added comfort in recommending their products. Bared’s customer service is outstanding and certainly one of the endearing features of this company."

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Jeremy Lynn

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Beryllium

"I always recommend my patients get their footwear essentials at Bared. As they offer great support in the inner sole and have a strong last, I am confident that they are in a great position in avoiding foot pain or discomfort during the day!"

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Sally Child

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Home Boot

"As a podiatrist I have seen many clients over the past 18 months who are now working or studying from home. For many this has resulted in not wearing shoes for a large part of their day. Socks, slippers and bare feet have been the go to for many, leading to sore feet and often a delay in recovery for those with a foot related injury. Cold feet in the winter can also lead to skin conditions such as chilblains.

The Bared knitted home boots have a removable footbed which is perfect for those requiring extra support and is wool lined for comfort. These boots have a zip at the back which can create a firmer fit around the ankle. I highly recommend the Bared knitted home boots for their design, warmth and support!"

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Sophie Zeeders

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Vireo

"As a podiatrist I love being able to recommend footwear that are both stylish and good for your feet which are exactly what bared footwear are! I love that they are orthotic friendly, comfortable and great quality. I can't wait to try more of their footwear and my tell my patients about them!"

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Paolo Ghiselli

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Thallium

"When these shoes arrived, the presentation in the box their professional looking box impressed me straight away. I have been blown away by how comfortable these boots are and I was able to wear them straight away without having to break them in. They have been suitable for a multiple of amount functions that I have attended to and I just love the flexibility of the fitting pack that comes with them.

As a podiatrist, I will definitely recommend these shoes to any of my patients."

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Asa Nazari

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Cardinal

"I love my new Cardinal boots. They look beautiful and are at the same time supportive and comfortable. I can dress them up or down, wear them at work or on the weekend with my favourite pair of jeans. They are one of my many favourites in the Bared range.

Bared Footwear has been a great find for me as a podiatrist. When the aesthetic of the shoe is as important as the support, comfort, and orthotic friendliness, then Bared footwear is my go-to range to refer my patients. Great customer service and product knowledge of the staff is another big tick for me as I can be sure my patients are well looked after and get the best pair of shoes that suit all their needs."

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Sarah Bissett

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Skua

"Bared has been a game changer for providing Podiatrists with a stylish, comfortable and mechanically sound shoe range for patients.

Footwear is an important part of our treatment. Being able to recommend a shoe brand for both men and women that is orthotic friendly and looks great makes our job that much easier and keeps our patients happy and comfortable. Thank you Bared!"

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Gemma Rose

Gemma Rose

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Bared Footwear

"As a Podiatrist I love recommending Bared Footwear! Bared continues to be a game changer in footwear and is a wonderful fusion of function comfort and style.

Not only do they provide a fantastic functional footbed filled with features that Podiatrist's recommend, it's also removeable allowing enough space for customised orthoses. So much thought is put into every design with style and function taken into consideration. No more unreasonably narrow shoes! Bared provides truly excellent quality products as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service."

Sophie Young

Sophie Young

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Bared Footwear

"I love being able to recommend a brand that stocks both women's and men's shoes that can be used for casual, work and dress events. My patient’s are always very excited to hear that my stylish shoes are both comfortable and supportive and with the added bonus of being able to accommodate orthotics as well!"

Metaltail Boots Carissa N.

Carissa Nicholson

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Metaltail

"As a Podiatrist, Bared Footwear are my number one recommended footwear brand. I love referring my patients to Bared as they have amazing, orthotic friendly shoes, that never compromise on quality or style. Bared have an amazing customer service team that have great footwear knowledge, and take the time to get the shoe fit and function just right! I can be rest assured when referring patients, wether their foot be wide or narrow, big or small, they will find an amazing shoe.

I personally have a very large Bared collection, and am forever receiving compliments on how lovely my shoes are. My go too Bareds are my black Metatail boots, which I am able to fit my customised orthotics in effortlessly. They're so comfortable and sleek, I never want to take them off!"

Rhea Pink Croc Leather Mel Coyle

Mel Coyle

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Rhea

"I recommend Bared Footwear to my patients both women and men daily and I wear Bared shoes myself. My patients are always very happy to find a shoe range that not only looks great but are comfortable and can aid in reducing any foot pain or injuries they may have."

Jonathan Delany

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"It's great to have access to a brand who make good looking and comfortable shoes that are beneficial to our foot posture and mechanics. I recommended Bared shoes to my patients daily and they too speak very highly of them."

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Catherine Nicol

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: VERDIN

"The Verdin are the latest addition to my growing Bared collection and they certainly don't disappoint. They were super comfortable from the very first wear and they fit my orthotics perfectly. I always love the little fit pack that comes along with Bared shoes and find it easy to just add a little forefoot filler for my slightly smaller right foot, which makes the fit spot on! I've long been a Bared convert and not only have all my past Bared shoes worn incredibly well over time, but they are so comfortable I wouldn't dream of putting anything else on my feet."

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Jess Merrick

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: WHISTLER 2

"As a Podiatrist I often educate patients on what to look for when shopping for appropriate footwear. I love that Bared Footwear incorporate so many of those key features without compromising on style. I have several pairs, all of which I can comfortably wear all day long. I often have people comment on how great they look which starts a conversation about how shoes can be comfortable and functional without looking dated. With styles to suit every occasion it makes the transition to supportive footwear much easier, leaving both patient and Podiatrist very happy. Bared Footwear provide excellent customer service and I am very comfortable recommending this brand to my patients."

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Nathan Beasley

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: RHODIUM

"As a Podiatrist I cannot recommend Bared Footwear more highly. Good footwear should be comfortable from the moment you put them on. This was no exception when I first stepped into the Rhodium style dress shoe. The quality of materials used and the thought given into design of the shoe highlights why Bared stand out to health professionals as a go-to shoe! I will definitely be purchasing more of these and recommending these to my patients. Thanks guys!"

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Claire Farquason

PODIATRIST & BLOGGER / REVIEWED: Dovekie

"I am always on the hunt for good footwear and have been a Bared shoe wearer for many years! As a podiatrist, I understand the needs of my patients but would never recommend a shoe or brand that I don't totally believe in or wouldn't wear myself. Bared shoes are the perfect brand that are stylish, sleek, comfortable, supportive and fit orthotics! I mean what more could a girl (or podiatrist) want?"

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Anna Couch

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: THORNTAIL

"Thorntail – my favourite Bared shoes to date. A super comfortable sneaker that provides me with the support to walk all day. The shoe offers adequate depth to accommodate the supplied footbed or an orthotic. The leather is soft and breathable. This is my 3rd pair and I continue to be impressed with the quality. I couldn't recommend Bared more for someone looking for supportive and versatile sneakers."

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Jessie Duff

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Woodpecker

"The Woodpecker boots are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned. Beautiful pointed toe without being too narrow which is really really hard to find. Not to mention the customer service which is the best I've ever experienced. I wear these boots to work and also when heading out and am able to wear them all day and night. As a podiatrist, Bared are the only shoes I wear and I recommend them to all of my clients. Couldn't recommend more highly!"

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Brad Roser

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: IRIDIUM

"Bared Footwear have designed a boot that is ridiculously comfortable. The insoles that are provided with the purchase of the shoes are brilliant in helping you find that perfect fit. The upper of the shoe is high quality, making the wear in period comfortable and quick. I found the width of the boots to be generous with no pressure felt across my toes or forefoot.

The shoes are definitely orthotic friendly, which is great to be able to offer a stylish boot that can be used in conjunction with orthotic therapy. The boot offers a firm heel counter with good rigidity through the shank. I find it very difficult to find a fault with these shoes."

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Rail 2 Black Elissa Limongiannis

Elissa Limongiannis

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Rail 2

"Such comfortable and supportive shoes! The added features in the Bared Footbed are features that I regularly add into my patients' shoes and orthotics for comfort and pain relief. The removable insole allows my own orthotics to fit very nicely into my Bared shoes and I never feel like I have to take them off after a long day at work. Super chic and comfy, I recommend Bared to my patients as the customer service is wonderful and the shoes are the perfect combination between style, comfort and support."

Mitchell Patterson

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Xenon

"Bared have been able to weave style, support, quality and adaptability into one shoe! As a Podiatrist I'm looking for quality in the leather, stitching and outsole. The torsional stability (shank) of a shoe is necessary to have a functional orthotic. There multiple deep insoles allow for better fitting in the same shoe size."

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Ben Holland

AFL PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Beryllium

"I always recommend Bared to my clients who require supportive, cushioned footwear but don't want to compromise on style. These Beryllium boots from Bared are comfortable from the get go. Can be dressed up or down, they are able to be worn all day long with ease. They accommodate my wide foot with space through the forefoot and a nice cushioned sole but still maintain their light feel unlike some other boots. It's my second pair, highly recommend."

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Ashley Welving

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: WOODPECKER

"This boot is stylish and surprisingly comfortable! I could wear them all day. I have a narrow foot and I usually have difficulty finding boots, however with the forefoot pads these boots fit perfectly. This is my third pair of Bared shoes and they have all been great. It's safe to say Bared have lived up to their reputation with these boots. I absolutely love them!"

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Emily White

Emily White

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: BARED FOOTWEAR

"As a podiatrist, one of the most common questions I receive from patients is "Where can I find good shoes that still look nice?". My answer is always Bared. Bared make the most comfortable shoes that not only tick all the boxes that make them a supportive shoe, but they also look fabulous. No longer do my patients or I have to sacrifice fashion for fit. With removable foot beds (insoles) of various thicknesses, the staff at Bared take the time to ensure your shoes fit comfortably and provide your feet with the support to wear them all day long. Thank you Bared for keeping my feet and my patient's feet happy and healthy!"

Nicki Quigley

Nicki Quigley

AFL PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: BARED FOOTWEAR

"I am constantly being asked for recommendations for casual, work and dress shoes. The range of footwear at Bared ticks all the boxes – the pitch height, support through the mid-foot, depth in the forefoot, and midsole thickness - all ensure comfort, and are able to accommodate orthotics if I need to put them in the shoe. To be able to recommend something that is fashionable and doesn't look like an orthopaedic shoe is such a bonus.

To be honest, before the Bared footwear range was available, the worst part of being a Podiatrist was having to take people out of their lovely fashionable shoes and moving them into a shoe that was functional and supportive, but very unattractive. Life is so much easier now, particularly as Bared continue to expand their range."

Jack Duffy

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"The quality of the Iridium Boot is palpable as soon as you open the box. They are extremely well put together and will last many years. I love the fitting pack that comes with each pair of Bared shoes as it gives you the perfect fit for your specific foot type. I have found the extra forefoot pads extremely useful with this particular boot which obviously doesn't have the option to tighten.

With no laces, they are perfectly suited to the winter months and have kept my feet warm and dry. Once you have broken the leather in (which takes about a day), you really get the full benefit of the Iridium Boot and you can see how they will only get more comfortable in time."

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Emma Poynton

AFL PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: WOODPECKER

"I'm just in love with my new Bared Woodpecker boots. They are a super versatile, dressed-up or casual, go to boot. They were surprisingly comfortable from day one, no need to 'break them in'. Just ideal for my hectic days, which are often long days running around on my feet.

A big shout out to Anna and her team on being a market leader in designing fashionable footwear that are podiatrically sound and quite often orthotic friendly too. It's so beneficial to have a Bared Footwear store just around the corner to my practice for easy patient referrals. My patients always praise the high-end customer service and attention to fitting detail that Bared offers. "

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Chelsea Enright

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Turaco

"These are my favourite Bared shoes to date! I have a narrow foot and they fit perfectly when I added the gel forefoot cushion. I love that I can wear them with jeans in winter and dresses in summer. I am a podiatrist myself and love being able to recommend Bared to my patients."

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Ali Fitzgerald

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Ostrich

"As a podiatrist and a female (who has a wee bit of an addiction to shoes) I absolutely LOVE Bared footwear. I must admit I have a few pairs as I know I can always rely on them for great modern style and comfort. I love that I can fit my orthotics in all the winter shoes and that the summer shoes have a built-in footbed design which really supports the foot. It's great having somewhere to refer my patients to, knowing they'll be as happy as I am with the brand. Keep up the awesome work Bared team."

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Melissa

Melissa

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: BARED FOOTWEAR

"I recommend Bared Footwear to my patients both women and men daily and I wear Bared shoes myself. My patients are always very happy to find a shoe range that not only looks great but are comfortable and can aid in reducing any foot pain or injuries they may have."

Renee Sacco

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: SKUA

"Comfortable sneakers! From a podiatrist's perspective, this shoe is very accommodative for different foot types. I personally have a narrow pronated/pes planus lfoot.

Without orthotics:
I have used the thicker innersole with the additional green forefoot padding (which I have placed underneath) to fill up my toe box for proper fit and to avoid the shoe from feeling too loose.

With orthotics:
My orthotics have a full-length cover, so I have taken out the innersole to accommodate my orthotics, without issues.

But overall, I have worn this sneaker without issue, very comfortable straight away and I love them!"

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Kyle Walters

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"A stylish shoe which is suitable for multiple occasions, such as work, a wedding or a social event. On first glance the quality of the leather boots is evident. The boots came with a variety of insoles which I could change depending what was most comfortable and suitable for my foot whilst also accommodating for the option to use your own orthotics if required.

This shoe has a nice wide forefoot which allowed plenty of space for my wide feet. The leather felt firm on first wear, but they softened throughout the day allowing for a full day of comfort. I would definitely recommend this shoe as a wardrobe staple you won't want to take off."

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Joshua

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Lead

"Out of the box these shoes looked great, they're well made and sturdy in the right places. They are surprisingly cushioned under foot and supportive through the arch. I have worn them for full days without discomfort, which in my opinion is rare in the casual footwear category."

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Corey Nexhip

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Iridium

"The Iridium are a super comfortable boot with so much versatility, which can be matched for any occasion! Having a wide foot, normally boots like these can be a tight squeeze, however the Iridium are a perfect fit!"

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Kirby Read

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: Dunlin

"I can honestly say there are few shoes that I can put on from the get go and just wear but these gems have been fabulous! Shoe shopping is normally a nightmare with small feet, skinny ankles, fitting orthoses and scarring after left ankle reconstruction but these shoes tick all the boxes. A nice deep heel cup, laces that stay put and a firm upper."

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Rhiannon

PODIATRIST / REVIEWED: HERON

"These shoes are gorgeous, they look great with so many different outfits and I've had plenty of compliments on them! The leather they are made out of is beautiful and the foot bed is super comfortable, I'm stoked with the quality. It has taken a few wears to break them in but in saying that this is to be expected with a leather shoe and I do have quite wide feet.

It's great to see Bared continuing to offer footwear that is fashionable and has biomechanical consideration. Bared is always a top recommendation of mine to my patients, family and friends!"

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