Juuri – Brand Review

Imagine you could have ten pairs of sandals and buy just one. That’s how you’ll feel about Juuri sandals. The many viscose, linen and leather coloured laces combined with buckles and rings allow for many combinations of colours and ties.

Juuri is a young but very promising Slovak brand of barefoot sandals. It was founded by Dominika, who first became acquainted with barefoot footwear when she was looking for suitable shoes for herself and her children. That’s when she came up with the idea for her ‘huarache’ sandals and the name Juuri, which comes from the Finnish word for roots.

Juuri are not just ordinary huarache sandals. Compared to the classic huarache models, the Juuri offers a 5-point fastening system, which contributes to an even better fit. The many soft coloured straps and the different tying techniques that Juuri has perfected and filmed for us give us endless possibilities of wearing these sandals.

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1. General

  • Brand: Juuri
  • Model: Caty
  • Colour: grey
  • Tested on: woman, medium-wide feet, 26.3 cm long and 10 cm wide, low instep, skinny ankles with narrow heel, fin-shaped foot (see my how to measure guide and foot type) – wearing size 41 and 42

| Slovakia | Woman | Leather, vegan | Ship wordwide |

2. Material characteristics

2.1 Upper

The Juuri are an extremely minimalist sandals that you can easily squeeze into your handbag. They are available in vegan and leather footbed versions and in two different colours – brown and grey.

With your choice of soles, you will also receive black viscose straps and a cotton pouch in which you can store your sandals and laces.

In my review, you will notice both a leather and a vegan model. Both models are grey, but the vegan model is a size 42 and the leather one a size 41.

The sole has also been changed in 2022 – it now uses a Vibram outsole.

All other coloured laces must be purchased separately. The laces are available in a wide range of colours and materials (viscose, linen, leather). All ribbons in the review are made of viscose. The laces have a properly finished tip to make it easier to thread them through the loops.

In 2022, Juuri has also added longer strap lengths in the length ‘L’ to accommodate larger feet (recommended from size 39 onwards).

2.2 Sole

The sole is made of thin and flexible Vibram rubber. The upper layer is made of suede leather or vegan material (recycled polyester).

The sole is soft and thin and offers an extremely good ground feel. They are very comfortable to walk in.

See also the video for a closer look at the sandals.

3. Sizing information

3.1 Length

The sandals are available in sizes 34-48 and can also be worn by older girls. I recommend using the printable templates on their website to choose the right size.

You don’t need a lot of room in front of your toes with sandals (the sole length should be approx. 7-10 mm longer than your foot), but you should keep all your toes on the sole when walking. The position of the strap between the toes also plays an important role. For more tips on how to fit your sandals correctly, click here.

With my foot length of 26.3 cm, I first chose size 41 (the sandals are 8 mm longer than my foot), but then decided to try size 42 too, which gives me a little more width at the toes. The difference in length at the toe is not that noticeable because most of the extra length stays at the heel.

Size 42 – vegan footbed (left) and size 41 – suede footbed (right)

3.2. Toebox shape & width

The Juuri toebox shape is best suited to feet with a gentler slope towards the pinky toe, so it works well with many different foot types. The final position of the foot also depends on the point of attachment of the strap between the toes, so always check the fit on the template before ordering.

The model is best suited for medium and medium to wide feet, but some extra width can also be gained by choosing a bigger size. There is a slight tapering at the toe, so some width is lost there too.

3.3. Fit around the instep, heel and ankle

The fit of the sandals is regulated by straps, so a good fixation is possible for all foot volumes. For bigger foot lengths (from 39 onwards), please take care to order longer laces, as all possible tying methods are not possible to make with shorter laces. In most of the photos I am wearing the shorter straps (the longer ones were not available last year), but there was not always enough strap for all the different ways of tying.

Juuri offers various tying guides on its website, but you can of course invent your own. Some of them allow a more fixed fit than others, so choose the one that also gives you a good grip on the middle part of your foot too.

I don’t find all ways of tying good for my feet as my foot is not fixed enough and the strap on the heel is slipping down, but there are some tying styles that I LOVE to wear and feel secure on my feet.

4. Comfort

Although the laces run between the toes, they are completely invisible. The soft and wide straps make you feel like you are being caressed with a soft fabric. If you opt for thinner leather straps, the thinness of the material may make them less comfortable than wider viscose and linen straps.

Above all, it is important to find your favourite way of tying that will give you the best feeling of comfort while walking.

Juuri sandals are unlikely to be your primary choice when you’re running late and in a rush for work, but you can save some time with some of the tying methods by leaving the straps partially threaded through the eyelets and tying only part of the strap around the heel and ankles. They will be easiest to put on when you are sitting down.

5. How and when to wear them?

Personally, I prefer Juuri sandals as sandals for walking around town or for work. They pair well with both trousers and dresses.

6. Price & where to buy

The sandals can be bought on the official website and are also available at some local barefoot footwear retailers. The price of the basic model with black straps is 68€, the price of the additional viscose straps is 13€, the leather 7€ and the linen 16€.

7. Shipping info

Juuri ships worldwide, shipping costs vary depending on the country of shipment. For all orders over 130€ within the EU and 150€ for the rest of the world, postage is free.

8. To sum up

Juuri certainly know how to attract with their difference, the many personalisation options and the minimalist sole. They require a little more time to put on because of the way they are tied, but with repeated use, tying them becomes quick and easy. Just make sure that the way you choose to tie them gives you a good enough grip on your foot.

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