Jenon Skinis a small barefoot shoe brand from the Czech Republic that I have had my eye on for several years. They specialize in handmade and custom leather shoes for all seasons.
Barefoot snow boots, sandals, sneakers, and even a fancy flat dress can be made in standard sizes and colors, or customized to your measurements and preferences. Read on for details on this brand that’s great for wide or hard-to-fit feet.
- Meet Jenon Leather
- Size & Setting
- Jenon Leather Orders
- Customizing your Jenon leather
- J. Joplin Pumps Review
- Snowflake Winter Boots Review
- Lilly Sandals Review
Meet Jenon Leather
Jenon Leather is located in the Czech Republic, a country with a long history of shoe manufacturing and a modern, positive attitude towards barefoot shoes. Their small team of dedicated artisans strive to ensure that the tradition continues by making high-quality barefoot shoes using locally sourced materials.
The family-owned company was founded in 2019 and started with just custom footwear, but later developed the standard sole shape you see in this review. About half of her business is still custom orders, because people love to get a custom fit.
Jenon Leather is a fabulous choice if you have a unique foot shape or an extra wide toe box. Jenon is also a great option for people who want foot-shaped shoes but aren’t looking for the full barefoot experience, since you can customize the thickness of the sole and even add a heel pad.
Size & Setting
Jenon Leather offers standard EU sizes 36 to 48, or you can have any style customized to your measurements. You also have the option to customize just the leather and sole materials. The shoes in this review are in their standard shape and have the following fit type:
- Extra wide toe box
- Sloped toe
- Ample vertical space for fingers
Learn more about the different types of feet here!
Jenon Leather Orders
Jenon Leather ships to countries within the EU for €6-15, and to a handful of countries outside the EU for €25. For those of us in the USA, shipping costs €30.
If you are lucky enough to live in the Czech Republic nearJenon Leather Shop, you can visit in person to browse products, view leather samples, or measure your feet for custom shoes.
Standard shoe returns are accepted within 14 days on unworn items (buyer pays return shipping). Custom orders are not eligible for returns.
Customizing your Jenon leather
Our friend Stine has made aguide to customize your Jenon Leather shoes. Check it out to explore possibilities and get tips on how to measure and describe your feet for the best results. Customizing the color scheme costs €20,while a custom form starts at €30 and increases depending on the type of changes needed. After placing your custom order, simply email Jenon with her ideas to start the process.
You can also addressJenon leather Instagramcolor scheme inspiration page –they share photos of all their custom projects in stories and you can explore them in the featured bubbles at the top!
J. Joplin Pumps Review
€105 | leather | 4mm sole + 3.5mm insole | EU sizes 36-48
These are BEAUTIFUL shoes. I love them very much and would happily have a whole collection of them in every color and pattern possible. The embossed floral leather (custom option) is stunning.
Named after rock legend Janis Joplin, the high-top/lace-up ballerina style adds a fun element to any casual outfit, but also works perfectly as a feminine dress shoe. Elastic laces at the top make them very easy to put on and also more secure than open ballerinas. I was worried that the elastic would make the Joplins look too casual, but they don’t (metal grommets help). I have been reaching for them whenever I need to get dressed, and even on casual days.
Size & Setting:
- True to size
- Medium to high volume
I chose my usual size 38 for closed shoes, and the length is perfect (my feet measure 24 cmof a shoe). I have extra wide feet that are also high volume. While the standard fit fits surprisingly well, I know a custom fit would be better for my high arches because I had to remove the insole to get a good fit.
While I don’t think they are meant to be used without the template, it hasn’t caused any problems. The template is made to be removable and replaceable.
The ankle part was pretty stiff at first, but after spending the better part of an hour trip (as a passenger!) massaging and working the leather in that area with my hands – they went in beautifully and continued to soften with use. They have quickly become one of my favorite pairs of shoes.
Snowflake Winter Boots Review
€157 | Leather & sheep skin | 6mm outsole + insole with sheepskin upper | EU sizes 36-48
Anya here, I’ve been testing the Snowflake boots for the past few weeks once the weather turned cold. I have to say they exceeded my expectations! They are warm, cozy and fit my fan foot very well.
The shearling lining is thick and full, while the outer leather feels thin and a bit sticky. But it seems durable and is very flexible. I have scratched them several times already and they have taken some marks, but the leather itself is not scratched.
The thicker sole helps keep the cold out, but is still moderately flexible. In my extreme winters I really appreciate a little more between me and the soil.
In general, if I had to fixComplete with a single pair of barefoot winter boots, these would be a great choice for my foot type.
Size & Setting:
- Run little
- Medium to low volume
For this model, I would recommend a size larger due to the plush shearling lining. They fit medium to low volume over the toes and arch, but the laces can be loosened completely. However, because the tongue is not gusseted if you have a high arch/thick ankle, the tongue may not be wide enough.
My feet are 23.3cm long and I chose a size 38. They were a little tight at first and I was worried it would be uncomfortable, but I have had no problems with the fit once I started wearing them. The toe box is quite wide for my foot and does not rub against my ankle or heel. They are like a warm hug on my feet!
Lilly Sandals Review
€87 | leather | 4mm outsole + 2mm leather insole | EU sizes 35-48
I chose the Lilly Gold sandals because I love cute sandals that can be worn with anything. They are beautifully made and have a thin flexible sole. You can also customize this model with all kinds of colors, sole thicknesses and even acustom shape made to your measurements.
Mine are standard size, which will work fine for your average foot, but I’d love to try a custom pair one day. They are really beautiful sandals, I am quite impressed with them. Just like Snowflake, if you could only have one pair of summer sandals to wear with everything, be it dressy or casual, these would be perfect.
Size & Setting:
- True to size
- Volume low
I’m often 36-37 in barefoot sandals. I went with the 36 on these and they run small on me. I’m really right between the two, but I’d still call them life-size.
The straps sit low on the foot, which is great for me. I often have to wear sandals on the tightest setting and then they still want to fail. But the ball-of-foot strap can feel restrictive on wide toes and thick feet. Stretching out that strap should be enough, but I’d consider a custom-made sandal if you have extra-large feet.
Jenon skinIt’s a great option for trendy barefoot shoes that can be tailored to suit your tastes. They carry a little bit of everything, and they do it well. I’m looking forward to creating some custom sandals next year, and maybe another pair of J Joplin pumps!
Samantha is a writer/researcher for Anya’s Reviews and a stay-at-home mom of 5 little ones. In addition to buying shoes online for her family, she spends her time homeSchooling, reading, knitting, and doing home improvement projects with her husband.
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