Our Mission

We're different. We are a young, dynamic, and passionate team wanting to get people excited about barefoot shoes. 

We started with a crowdfunding campaign for our first model, the Original Mesh, in April 2019. Feelgrounds was funded within 48 hours, and five months later, the first customers received their stylish barefoot sneakers. Now, we're working hard to expand our range of models while continually striving to build better footwear.

Our mission is to make barefoot shoes available and appealing to more people. 

Join the Feelgrounds movement and let's make barefoot shoes cool!

Meet the team

Johannes Brenner - Founder @ Feelgrounds
Johannes Brenner
Raphael Zimmer - Marketing @ Feelgrounds
Raphael Zimmer
Leonie Wolf - Product development @ Feelgrounds
Leonie Wolf
Product development
Caspar Baum - IT @ Feelgrounds
Caspar Baum
Viviana Sorban - Customer support @ Feelgrounds
Viviana Sorban
Customer support
Sebastian Schnöll - Warehouse & Logistics @ Feelgrounds
Sebastian Schnöll
Warehouse & Logistics
Patrick Pospiech - Marketing @ Feelgrounds
Patrick Pospiech
Maximilian Brenner - Warehouse @ Feelgrounds
Maximilian Brenner
Daniel Gmeiner - Warehouse @ Feelgrounds
Daniel Gmeiner
Sabine Nitzpon - Customer support @ Feelgrounds
Sabine Nitzpon
Customer support

Environmental responsibility

At Feelgrounds, we believe that footwear manufacturing can be done responsibly. That's why we decided to use recycled materials wherever possible. Our Original Mesh model, for example, is almost entirely made of recycled materials. Independent testing institutes, like SGS, regularly test and approve the safety of our products. All of our shoes are also 100% animal-free (vegan) and no animals were harmed in the process. We're constantly looking for new materials that fit our philosophy while not compromising on comfort, quality, or look. Our goal is to create shoes that are better for your feet and better for the environment than traditional shoes.

Fair production

Sustainability, fairness, and transparency are essential values for us. 
Our highly skilled manufacturing team is located in Vietnam. Treating everyone involved in Feelgrounds well is important for us. All workers are of age and benefit from social, medical, and accident insurance and receive a salary above the regional average. Our factory is part of the European BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), whose mission is to "enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly, and drive open trade globally" (BSCI). 

The factory is also part of Better Work Vietnam, a program that supports the implementation of practices based on core ILO labor standards (International Labour Organization). Improving worker-management relationships and promoting fair working conditions are fundamental pillars of Better Work Vietnam and values we believe in.

Product development

We are proud to present you with a variety of excellent barefoot shoes. Before introducing a new Feelgrounds model to our online shop, we thoroughly test it to confirm that it meets our standards. 

We develop our shoes in close cooperation with our Taiwanese development team. They have been producing shoes on a large scale for decades and guide us through the research and development necessary to manufacture high-quality footwear.

We are also continuously working on improving our current models. Your feedback is crucial to us! If we see something that has room for improvement, we don't hesitate to take action. 

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