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Feelgrounds minimalist shoes analysis

The German brand Feelgrounds launched its first model of minimalist shoeOriginal Mesh, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign in 2019.

The success was such that since then they have not stopped increasing the supply of sneakers.

They are known for their clear minimalist line and have become very popular.

In this review we are going to talk about two models in particular, Drop top and Seaside. How they fit, their technical characteristics and how to take care of them.

Drop top

It is a casual sneaker, similar in style to the Vans, but infinitely more comfortable.

The model is designed to be worn without socks and is ideal for the spring-summer season because the foot is covered, but the material is breathable.

The last is wide, in fact I had to return my usual size to order one size down.

Technical Data

  • Drop: 0 
  • 5mm sole, thin and flexible 
  • Lightweight
  • Toe cap: wide.
  • Ecofriendly and vegan materials: very soft and comfortable
    • Recycled PET on top,
    • Recyclable TPE in the sole)
    • microfiber (heel lining)
  • Water repellent
  • Breathable
  • Available in 6 colors.
  • They are unisex (like all the shoes on their website).
  • Size: large, choose one size down. Options from 35 to 49.
  • Price: 100€ + shipping (almost 10€). Price considered cheap for this type of shoe.

It does not contain an inner insole, but it can be purchased in your store.

The shoe feels roomy. Many people choose the insole as well to help fill in that space and not have the feeling of the foot dancing.

Care and maintenance

You cannot wash them in the washing machine.

Remove dirt with a cloth. If you need to clean a stain, wet the area with a neutral soap and allow it to air dry.

If you like the model, but do not find it practical not to be able to wash them, choose the Mesh version.

The model is physically identical, but this material is washable.

If I had known this before, I would surely have chosen the Mesh.

Repellent treatment

The brand recommends a water repellent treatment before use, with a spray that you can buy on their website.

Sole wear

They also warn that the sole is not prepared for very aggressive activities. 

Other people who have worn this shoe longer than I have, they wear out quickly. It is certainly something to keep in mind if you want this shoe to be your daily footwear.

Sweat

If you are a type of person who sweats easily, I do not recommend it for high temperatures because the shoe is closed and smells bad.

Seaside sandal

This shoe is completely uncovered for the summer season.

The sandal goes completely unnoticed among other non-minimalist sandals.

The fabric is comfortable and non-intrusiveThis is something that can happen in models of this style where there is material between the big toe and the rest of the toes.

They are adjusted at the heel with Velcro.

Technical Data

  • Drop: 0 
  • 7 mm sole, thin and flexible 
  • Very light
  • Toe: very wide
  • Ecofriendly and vegan materials:
    • fabric at the top,
    • Velcro to adjust the sandal
    • inner side of the cork sole
    • rubber outsole
  • Available in 6 colors
  • They are unisex (like all the shoes on their website).
  • Size: real but a bit small. I wear 36 as usual, but I recognize that they are a bit tight and that half a size up would be ideal, although the brand only sells full sizes. Options from 35 to 49.
  • Price: With shipping costs around 100 €, a price considered cheap within the price range of this type of footwear.

Care and maintenance

Their website warns that this sandal is not suitable for sports or use in water.

Return policy

Most people comment in their reviews that the models are true to size (neither large nor small) but I have just tested a clearly large model (Drop top) and a rather small one, the sea side sandal.

This is an important consideration when placing the order, because although you have the right to make any return during 30 days, you will be responsible for paying the shipping costs.

Unless you made the purchase through Paypal. In that case you can make a partial claim through the platform.