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Top 10 Best Yoga Shoes Compared & Reviewed

last updated Nov 29, 2018
Yoga practice is often done barefoot--but not always. So, it is important to not overlook the yoga shoe! With the beautiful summer, season approaching comes the opportunity to take asanas outdoors--making the proper footwear an essential addition to your practice.

Finding a shoe that provides optimal levels of comfort, proper cushioning, toe-to-heel comfort, and breathable fabrics will bring new vitality to your Vinyasa. Add the right flex, toe protection, and support to the aforementioned criteria to feel your body respond to poses with an improved stance and balance. The grip is critical as well,  so the proper no-slip yoga shoe will help you achieve and improve your poses with more sure-footedness and security. Finally, who doesn’t want an aesthetically appealing shoe? Yoga is a beautiful practice. Adding a little beauty in your yoga shoe will only increase your bliss!

Our top ten best yoga shoes offer something for everyone. We have a perfect fit for all forms of yoga - whether you love to take your practice to the park, the beach, the gym--or keep it at home--we have a yoga shoe that’s right for you!
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1. Our most recent update brings two new yoga shoes to the list—the VIFUUR yoga water shoes and the Anhu Yoga Flex shoes. The first is an excellent option for those of you who need a waterproof shoe that you can take anywhere and the latter is an excellent option for those you looking for a highly durable option that you can use for other activities. To learn more about how we narrowed down our list to only ten yoga shoes we suggest you take a look at the factors we considered as well as the FAQ section of this page.

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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.3
Traction
99%
Flexibility
97%
Comfort
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$56.00
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96
Traction
96%
Flexibility
96%
Comfort
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$19.99
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.3
Traction
97%
Flexibility
95%
Comfort
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$64.00
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
Traction
98%
Flexibility
94%
Comfort
91%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$16.00
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
Traction
95%
Flexibility
96%
Comfort
91%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$11.30
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
Traction
95%
Flexibility
93%
Comfort
93%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$52.99
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Traction
97%
Flexibility
94%
Comfort
88%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$17.99
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Traction
92%
Flexibility
92%
Comfort
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$12.99
9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Traction
94%
Flexibility
90%
Comfort
91%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
$12.99
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Traction
85%
Flexibility
92%
Comfort
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (11.12.18)
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Anhu Yoga Flex
  • Fitkicks Active
  • Vibram VI-B
  • ToeSox Bellarina Full Toe Grip
  • VIFUUR
  • Vibram Alitza Loop
  • NBERA 2econdskin
  • Sibba
  • L-Run
  • Sanuk Yoga sling 2
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

10 Best Yoga Shoes

1. Anhu Yoga Flex

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.3
Anhu Yoga Flex
Traction
99
Flexibility
97
Comfort
96
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$56.00
Pros:
  • Well-cushioned
  • Flexible
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Expensive

The Ahnu Yoga Flex shoes are comfortable, supportive, and extremely lightweight--despite how bulky it looks. They can be used as cross trainers and are an excellent option for those of you who practice outside or on more technical terrain.

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Grip/Traction
As far as grip and traction, these shoes have it. It has a rubber outsole for both added protection and maximum traction during your practice.

Cushion and Aesthetic
This shoe comes in lots of color options to choose from--they are pretty stylish and look like a typical training shoe. These shoes have a dual density foam in their footbed for added cushion and are highly breathable and lightweight.

Overall Support and Flexibility
These shoes provide adequate support thanks to their injected lightweight EVA foam and their forefoot flex zone allows for optimal flexibility.

Cost/Value
These are pretty pricey but are well worth the investment for those of you looking for a pair of shoes that will last you for the long run.

2. Fitkicks Active

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96
Fitkicks Active
Traction
96
Flexibility
96
Comfort
96
best offer for today
$19.99
Pros:
  • FlexForm sole for movement and support
  • Reinforced toe
  • Breathable
Cons:
  • No size past Women’s XL (women’s size 10-11)

Fitkicks are the perfect fit to kick off summer yoga. Get your “om” on at the beach and worry not about stickers, rocks or other potential harm to the foot. Quick dry and super cute, too!

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Grip/Traction

The patented FlexForm sole means excellent comfort and motion range while providing all the stability and support you’ll need. As comfortable and almost “slipper like” as these shoes feel, the grip is optimum for hardcore workouts and balance work.

Cushion and Aesthetic

A comfortable and protective microfiber/PU reinforcing toe guard prohibits dragging and over-wear tearing or fabric thinning, while also keeping the foot more comfortable. Your toes will love you when you get into positions that require toe support (think Chaturanga Dandasana)! Add that it’s available in so many fun, vibrant colors, both solid and contrasting. Feel good and look adorable? No problem!

Overall Support and Flexibility

The ergonomic design contours to the foot creating a supportive yet breathable second skin. With 100% Spandex upper material there’s plenty of stretch to accommodate high impact movement. We love that this shoe transitions from home to everyday to gym to yoga, but we love it best for yoga! Namaste!

Cost/Value

A very affordable price for an all-around wonderful shoe!

3. Vibram VI-B

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.3
Vibram VI-B
Traction
97
Flexibility
95
Comfort
94
best offer for today
$64.00
Pros:
  • Serrated blade lug design
  • Zero Drop
  • Mesh Upper
Cons:
  • High priced

The minimal design is striking and workout worthy. A perfect shoe for yoga practice and then some. You’ll love the comfortable fit and wear-anywhere aesthetic. But most of all you’ll love your asana when you practice it wearing the Vibram B Fitness Yoga Shoe.

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Grip/Traction

The VI-B is the perfect traction shoe for all types of workouts including yoga. With a sole made of the patented XS Trek, a thin layer of rubber and serrated lug design keep your stance doubly secure resulting in a more satisfying practice and optimum health benefits.

Cushion and Aesthetic

The VI-B yoga shoe is refined, elegant and subtle making it the perfect match for your yoga practice and overall lifestyle. A zero drop means an authentic barefoot feel, presented in a featherlight, slim-fitting feel-good design. While the shoe is the ultimate in minimalism, feet are still well-protected within the ergonomic fit, creating healthy benefits for the body more generally. The perfect yoga companion!

Overall Support and Flexibility

Truly the VI-B feels like a second skin. It hugs the foot while providing optimum flexibility simultaneously. The upper part is comprised of a lightweight, synthetic polyester fabric with PU printing reinforcement that lets the foot breathe. Feel free to practice hard - this yoga shoe will keep your stride with its excellent ventilation and support.

Cost/Value

Higher end, but for the multi-use factor and workout benefits it’s a great buy.

4. ToeSox Bellarina Full Toe Grip

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
ToeSox Bellarina Full Toe Grip
Traction
98
Flexibility
94
Comfort
91
best offer for today
$16.00
Pros:
  • Highly affordable 
  • Several color options 
  • Achilles heel tab
  • Utilizes ToeSox patented grip design 
  • Supportive Arch band 
  • Individual toe construction 
Cons:
  • Sizing runs large 
  • Not as durable (or preferred) in outdoor environments

The Bellarina ToeSox are a great option for yogis who want to keep the free mobility of their toes during their practice. Many movements and poses flow better when you can freely grip the ground with your toes, and this option allows you to do so without having to go barefoot!

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Grip/Traction

The ToeSox brand is a well-know and respected brand among yoga. The bellarine full toe grip design does not disappoint, like most of the products this brand provides. Their extraordinary grip and traction is thanks the patented (and one of a kind) grip design that is utilized. This unique grip design ensures you do not slip (no matter what surface you are practicing on) and guarantees your foot is securely attached to the floor during your poses. This grip design, combined with the toe spacing it provides, provide you with optimal grip, traction, and security you can count on.

Cushion and Aesthetic
As far as cushioning, the bellarina is very comfortable--but also very minimal. There is no padding or additional cushioning for your foot, which allows for a "close to the earth" feeling during your practice.
This option comes in many different colors to choose from--you can literally have a different pair for every day of the month!

Overall Support and Flexibility

This ToeSox option enlists the help of a heel tab and Arch Band. The heel tab provides your Achilles tendon additional protection, comfort and security. While the Arch band provides you with an additional lift and support--to help you perform to the best of your ability.
Lastly, the individual toe construction lets you spread your toes freely during movements--which allows for more flexibility and secure stances.

Cost/Value

Highly affordable price point

5. VIFUUR

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
VIFUUR
Traction
95
Flexibility
96
Comfort
91
best offer for today
$11.30
Pros:
  • Protective
  • Great traction
  • Lots of color options
Cons:
  • Not cushioned

The VIFUUR yoga shoes are actually aqua yoga shoes that are an excellent option for you beach yogis out there! They are comfortable, breathable, and come at a great price--what's not to love!

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Grip/Traction
These shoes offer excellent grip and traction. They have a rubber sole for added protection against outdoor elements and their grippers prevent slippage and ensure you can maintain firm and stable poses during your practice.

Cushion
These are not highly cushioned given that they are designed to be used in water, however, they are padded, comfortable, and provide the right amount of support.

Overall Support and Flexibility
These are highly breathable shoes that are flexible enough to feel like socks!

Cost/Value

These shoes come at a great price--they are one of the most affordable options on our list--and given their durability, they are well worth the investment.

6. Vibram Alitza Loop

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
Vibram Alitza Loop
Traction
95
Flexibility
93
Comfort
93
best offer for today
$52.99
Pros:
  • Stretch Polyamide for flexible fit
  • Drilex wicking
Cons:
  • Possibly a half size up for toe comfort

A barefoot experience with the traction of your favorite running shoe, the Vibram Alitza Loop Fitness Yoga Shoe brings a natural feel coupled with extreme support to your practice.

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Grip/Traction

Comprised of the trademarked SX Trek, the Alitza Loop sole is engineered with the best traction and durability in mind. Balance and stability are literally woven into this shoe’s design, providing wearers with sure-footedness during optimum workouts.

Cushion and Aesthetic

A Microbial Drilex Sockliner keeps the foot moisture-free and more comfy during hardcore practice and an EVA foam Midsole means extra cushion and support - all of this built into an aesthetic that’s shaped beautifully and comes in hues of black, red and our personal fave, magenta.

Overall Support and Flexibility

This no fuss yoga shoe is perfect for any girl on the run who wants to stop, pause, breathe and do yoga! Go from errands, school or work and then to your “happy place” (your yoga mat) without worrying about transitioning from shoe to shoe - this one does it all in absolute comfort and with absolute support! Stretch Polyamide is used in the Upper material which means the Alitza Loop accommodates foot expansion during a sweaty workout. So go ahead and get Downward Dog and dirty.

Cost/Value

Quality meets the higher price point.

7. NBERA 2econdskin

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
NBERA 2econdskin
Traction
97
Flexibility
94
Comfort
88
best offer for today
$17.99
Pros:
  • Upgraded, durable materials including Liquid PU Foaming
  • Removable cushioned insole
Cons:
  • Runs small purchase a size up if you’re a half size (a 2X women’s = size 8-9)

An adorable aesthetic available in 12 color options, this second skin means little interference with natural feel or body motion while keeping feet healthier at the gym or the beach. Enjoy a safer practice without feeling the pull of a weightier shoe.

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Grip/Traction

A Neoprene outsole provides excellent grip on the mat. The no-slip traction is so strong that yoga poolside even on a slippery surface won’t have you losing your grip during your Half Moon. Breathe easy and worry not about chemicals: NBERA Secondskin yoga shoes are non-toxic, too!

Cushion and Aesthetic

The NBERA comes with a removable cushioned insole. Wearers can decide just how “barefoot” they want their practice to feel. The 2016 upgrades to the shoe mean a thinner fabric with enhanced durability. Wearers love the ergonomic feel built into 1.7 ounces of featherlight fabric.

All of this in 12 lovely colors and fun patterns and it’s quick dry. Feel the bliss!

Overall Support and Flexibility

The specially engineered silicon foam treatment ensures resilience and a solid shape. The Liquid PU foaming method keeps the shoes more durable and resistant to damage - enjoy Water Yoga in these rockstars and feel confident they won’t stretch or loosen with activity - or even with a few encounters with seaweed or rocks!

Cost/Value

Excellent value

8. Sibba

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Sibba
Traction
92
Flexibility
92
Comfort
92
best offer for today
$12.99
Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Lots of color options
  • Affordable price 
  • Flexible 
  • Quick dry 
  • Slip resistant 
  • Foam arch support
Cons:
  • Sizing runs large, so make sure to refer to the sizing chart

The Sibba Unisex exercise shoe is the perfect option for yogis who love to bring their practice to the beach. These quick dry shoes are meant for beach, or water, use and will give you the support and stability you need to hold your poses on the beach.

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Grip/Traction

These shoes utilize an anti-slip sole, which will help you maintain your poses without falling or losing your traction. They also provide excellent stability, which is necessary when you are practicing on the beach!

Cushion and Aesthetic

As far as cushioning, these shoes do not have any additional cushioning or padding--it would weigh you down when you get them wet. These lightweight shoes are still extremely comfortable though! They are made of breathable fabric that will keep you comfortable during your practice and provide the right amount of material you need between your feet and the beach sand.
These shoes also come in a variety of color option, which allows you to look and feel great at the same time!

Overall Support and Flexibility

These shoes are so lightweight, comfortable, and flexible that it's as if you are a barefoot when you wear them. Even when wet, they will not hold you down! They provide your foot with a full range of motion, which allows for maximum flexibility--which is essential for yoga.

Cost/Value

The shoes come at an average price--and with all of the color option and benefits they provide, the price is certainly fair and worth the investment.

9. L-Run

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
L-Run
Traction
94
Flexibility
90
Comfort
91
best offer for today
$12.99
Pros:
  • Excellent sole contour
  • Breathable
  • Fold and go, easy on/off
Cons:
  • Runs large - refer to chart for optimum fit

A unisex yoga shoe that fits snug and offers excellent breathability. Quick dry and fuzzy when wet. Did someone say "water yoga?" Now that's some summer fun!

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Grip/Traction

An antiwear rubber design provides durable no-slip traction, keeping your foot well-gripped to the mat, gym floor or most other surfaces. Add that it’s a chemical free zone meaning great health for feet and body.

Cushion and Aesthetic

11 colors and modern patterns including a cool black-and-green or feminine light blue-with-pink means something for everyone. Comprised of featherlight fabric with a soft lining for a smooth fit, the L-Run is the perfect go-to yoga shoe. Quick dry makes a sweaty workout cooler faster and a practice by the beach dryer, without moisture build up trapped within the shoe.

Overall Support and Flexibility

The stretchy and soft upper is ventilated for a breathable fit perfect for high impact asana or taking your practice lakeside. The sole forms to the fit and provides a durable contour with dual range of motion. We love the protective toe guard built into this simplistic design. An unexpected but appreciated feature! Easy on and off and a fold and go design translate to think less, yoga more!

Cost/Value

Great price point

10. Sanuk Yoga sling 2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Sanuk Yoga sling 2
Traction
85
Flexibility
92
Comfort
95
best offer for today
Pros:
  • Several color and pattern options 
  • Lightweight 
  • Breathable 
  • Stretch upper fabric for increased flexibility 
  • Padded footbed for optimal comfort 
  • Durable 
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • No half sizes available 

This sandal is not only beautiful, but also perfect for your yoga practice. Whether you are on the go, practicing outside, or just prefer to wear a shoe during your practice--this sandal is a perfect option for everyone!

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Grip/Traction

These sandals are not the best for indoor, slippery floors (like tile and wood flooring) but they do provide excellent grip and traction for outdoor use!

Cushion and Aesthetic

These sandals come with built in padding, which means you don't have to worry about bringing a mat with you! They are comfortable, cushioned and stable--the perfect combination when looking for a yoga shoe.
They are also available in different color and pattern options!

Overall Support and Flexibility

These sandals provide great support and adequate flexibility. Their padded footbed allows for additional stability and their stretch fabric allow for foot flexibility during your poses.

Cost/Value

Expensive, but well worth the price. They come in several color and pattern options and optimize your practice. They are perfect for on the go and every day use as well!

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Traction

You need to feel the grip of your yoga shoe as you work your way into positions that require surefootedness.

After listening to what the yogi pros and even podiatrists had to say about yoga shoes, we are more convinced than ever that the just right design will definitely mean your just right zen. With so many options out there, it can get a bit confusing to narrow down the key features to look for first in your yoga shoe. After much research, we’ve successfully honed in on what truly matters. Look for a shoe with traction. You need to feel the grip of your yoga shoe as you work your way into positions that require surefootedness. Socks alone increase the opportunity for injury while rubber soles allow for bold movement with confidence.

Flexibility

Think “second skin”.

A shoe that keeps the foot supported with proper fit and flexibility is essential to a great practice. A yoga shoe should feel slightly snug but not tight. Think “second skin”. It should allow enough flex for sweaty even swollen feet - a likely scenario following a hard workout.

Comfort

...some prefer a near-barefoot experience...

Your shoe should be comfortable and aesthetically appealing. This means a potentially seamless design for an irritation free, smooth feel against the skin. While some prefer a near-barefoot experience, it’s important that your shoe provides the right amount of cushion to meet your individual need. Your warrior shoe ought to be encapsulated in a pretty aesthetic. Our picks range from bold-hued beauties to subtle classics that transition from yoga time to cafe or movie time.

Other Factors to Consider

Safety Hazards

According to patient resource writer’s at the Podiatry Post, wearing yoga shoes to assist with ergonomic health can be essential. This speaks to the foot shape itself, and to the value of wearing a shoe with cushioning or support that aligns with specific issues such as flat-footedness. Protecting the foot during yoga with an appropriate shoe also means diminishing the number of potential germs passed simply through multiple practitioners’ use of a gym mat. Author Tracey Kelly writes in her article “Yoga Shoe Options” that many people prefer wearing yoga shoe so that they do pick up any germs or bacteria at the yoga gyms they go to. Foot safety is also a motivator for yoga shoes. Fabrics designed to keep the foot insulated from debris during outdoor workouts with sports technology infused insoles and mesh mean less injury.

Terrain

The environment also plays a role in the necessity of yoga shoes. Being able to wear a hybrid shoe for yoga that will transition to cross-training, for example, means an enhanced, more dynamic workout for some. This often means taking your practice on the trail, to the beach or the gym. Wearing a shoe that will cross perform is an excellent way to enmesh in hybrid workouts. Finally, weather plays a role in the “to wear or not to wear?” question. For a cold morning yoga practice inside - or harder yet, outside - having a cozy, soft sock-like shoe with flex and support means a less distracted Vinyasa. Likewise, a sweaty, hot yoga practice can feel more comfortable in a wicking, sweat, and odor resistant shoe. Ultimately a yoga shoe is most certainly a personal decision for yogis, but it’s safe to say that having the right equipment for the right situation can only improve your game (or Hatha, depending)!

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Can I wear my yoga shoes on the mats provided at my gym?
a:

Yes. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to wear your yoga shoes on the provided mat. Remember, the mats at your gym can be quite dirty, as they don't get washed as much as you would think, therefore wearing yoga shoes, can actually be preferable to avoid all those nasty germs.

q: Why are water shoes considered a good yoga shoe?
a:

The second skin fit, rubber soles, flexibility and typically mesh ventilated fabric make an excellent crossover for yoga and other sports activities.

q: Are yoga shoes only meant for hardcore yoga workouts?
a:

No. Yoga shoes are a nice addition to all types of practices. Certainly poses demanding higher levels of balance and more legwork will benefit from yoga shoes providing slip-free soles. Generally, the same asanas practiced barefooted can be done in yoga shoes.

q: Why do yoga shoes strive to emulate a “barefoot” experience?
a:

Yoga shoes are meant to feel like a second skin so that the shoe creates little distraction while providing all the benefits of actual footwork during practice. Many appreciate the option of a protective insulator from germs, outdoor issues like rocks or stickers, and toe protection while still enjoying the barefoot feel.

q: Do I need to preserve my yoga shoes for practice only?
a:

Absolutely not! Unlike traditional ballet slippers which are worn almost exclusively for [that] purpose, yoga shoes are mostly a multi-use design. In a busy and demanding world, a yoga shoe needs to transition from work to home to exercise looking stylish while performing well. Yoga shoes - unlike yoga socks - are usually perfect for your practice and then dinner and a movie after!

q: Are yoga shoes expensive?
a:

Yoga shoes, like most sports equipment, range in price. However one can find a design featuring comfort, grip, and support at a reasonable price, easily! A durable shoe is accessible on any budget!

q: Do I really need yoga shoes?
a:

Most people prefer no shoes, but now that summer is above us, and we wanna be outside getting the most of the rays while doing yoga, shoes can be preferable. Another factor to take into account is hygiene. If you don't have your own yoga mat and always use the one at your preferred yoga studio, chances are, the bacteria level is high and can cause infection. Yoga shoes can also prevent slipping. Nothing worse, than striking your best yoga pose, only to feel your feet slipping away, preventing you from holding a pose and maintain your calmness.

These are all personal preferences though. Yoga shoes can be fantastic and save a yoga lesson for one, while only cause annoyance to another. 

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