The song was written by Country music artist Rhett Akins along with Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Akins told The Boot that this song was initially inspired by his feet. He explained: "We were sitting around trying to come up with ideas. I'd kicked my flip-flops off, and I was sitting there just staring at my feet. Dallas was like, 'Man, we need a cool title - something that stands out!' When he said that, I was like, 'My feet look pretty interesting! [laughs] How about something about feet – barefoot or bare feet?' I think I said, 'Barefoot and Wild.' Dallas said, 'How about 'Barefoot and Crazy'?' As soon as he said that, we just started taking off on the song."