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Groundies Felicia Review – Classic flats but made with your feet in mind

A pair of feet standing on concrete, the left foot is bare and the right is wearing a Groundies Felicia barefoot ballet flat in beige with a black toe cap

Landsis one of the most cutting-edge barefoot shoe brands around, with a wide range of stylish sneakers, boots, flats and now sports shoes. One of Groundies’ most striking fall releases this year is Felicia, a classic ballerina but with room for the toes.

Meet Felicia

A photo of a woman wearing all black with a camel coat and groundies felicia barefoot ballet flats in beige with a black toe cap

Feliciashe comes in beige/black or all black, sizes 36-43. They have a leather upper and a microfiber lining for a little extra warmth this fall. They run true to size and fit best on a moderately wide foot.

I’m a big fan of the Groundies TruSense (GO1) sole used on Felicia. It has extreme flexibility and a grounded feel, but it doesn’t wear out in a minute. It also has the widest fit of any Groundies sole, which is good news for my wide feet.

Learn more about Groundies and their different types of soles in this article.

My Felicia flats look beautiful, as Groundies always do, and they fit my wide feet well. I opted for a size 37 (I’m between a 36 and 37 for flats) so they’re a bit loose, but I’m glad I didn’t lower them given my width. The warm lining is a nice touch as it is cool where I live most of the year. And they comb beautifully!

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In this review, you can hear from 4 other barefoot shoe wearers who tried Felicia on different types of feet. Read on to hear her thoughts!

By Carol

I describe my style as mostly classic, with a twist, so I never thought ballet flats were for me, especially not ones reminiscent of Chanel’s iconic pointe shoes. But I like this barefoot twist on a classic! My feet are medium volume, gently sloping 24.1 x 9.5 cm, so I’m relatively easy to put on. I like that this style fits well, so I went with a size 38. The buttery-smooth leather upper with such a soft lining offers plenty of room without pinching your little finger. A high enough and structured (yet soft) toe box accommodates my big toe up, which, on the longer foot, presses its side against the front. I could have sized myself but I think it will stretch. If not, I don’t find it intolerable. The elastic doesn’t extend around the heel, which is narrow enough to keep it from falling off, but it doesn’t irritate my sensitive Achilles tendons. They do look a little strange on the feet, as both ends curve up considerably, but this isn’t a true toe spring because the very flexible, thin outsole easily flattens as you wear them. They are so comfortable I almost forget I have them on. I don’t think I’m going to say “Bye, Felicia!” to these beauties.

By Tamara

Ballet flats have long been a staple in my wardrobe, moving seamlessly between the office and smart-casual occasions.The new Felicia ballerina is a timeless classic but good for your feet and super comfortable. Her skin is beautiful and soft, and the combination of beige and black colors make this an elegant and versatile shoe.

Fit-wise, barefoot ballet flats are notoriously difficult for me to get a good fit on my low-volume feet. I find them a little too bulky for my feet and there is a little gap in the forefoot and elastic in the midfoot, however this is easily fixed by adding a thin insole. The toe box is quite roomy and the heel is narrow enough that my heels don’t slip out of the shoe as I walk. Overall, I am really impressed with the quality and style of these beautiful shoes, and I love how easily they fit into my corporate and casual wardrobe.

By Samantha

Ballerinas are my favorite category of footwear. They are feminine, easy to wear and incredibly versatile. You can’t go wrong with a basic black flat! These Felicia Flats from Groundies are gorgeous. They have a soft and cozy lining, a cute little leather bow with gold end caps. There is flat elastic around the top but not at the heel. This helps keep them secure but prevents the dreaded sinking or pushing forward feeling. I find the heel really comfortable and a much more secure fit than the previous Bella flat model (I use a heel grip on those). The toe box is slightly structured, but not rigid. These are comfortable right out of the box!

I have extra wide feet and unfortunately these are not the best fit for me. While the open design allows the ball of my foot to spread out on the soles and not feel squashed, the toe box is too narrow and my toes are a bit cramped. I will still use them, but only for short periods of time. I really need Groundies to make a wider width option because their styles are always so good!

By Heidi

Groundies’ updated Felicia ballet flats fit my low-bulk, thin-heeled, hilly-shaped foot well.  I also have Bella’s original flats, and they required an additional wool insole and heel grip to get them to fit without my foot falling off.

It seems that this version of the Groundies shoe has a narrower heel and a soft elastic that holds the foot much more securely.  Although my foot does not fill the entire volume of the floor, it does not feel loose.  The ground feel is great on this floor as well, and the sole feels sticky enough to keep me from slipping on slippery surfaces – an advantage since I work primarily in a lab environment.  The leather is soft right out of the box and flexes well under the foot.  The width fits my 9.5″ x 3.75″ foot and doesn’t put pressure on my bunion.  These flats aren’t wide enough to use Correct Toes, but I don’t plan on doing that anyway.   

Style-wise, I love the classic cream and black combo with the Felicia Flat. It reminds me of a Coco Chanel look – very elegant and fits well in both business and more formal settings.  It can also be combined with jeans and a blouse and gives a great casual and cool atmosphere.  My only issue with the design is the stitching along the elastic upper sewn into the leather part of the shoe.  I would have preferred a straight stitch instead of the zigzag stitch they chose for a more streamlined look.  Despite that, I can see myself looking for these often.  They are a versatile color combination that can go with any outfit!


Groundies FeliciaIt is an excellent stylish barefoot shoe for corporate or casual wear. The lining keeps them in the cooler season for longer, and the classic design makes for an elegant look. Groundies isn’t the best brand for extra-wide feet, but if you have an average shape or a little wider than average, you may have good luck.

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