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    My wife and I have been avid barefooters for several years now. As much as we've embraced the lifestyle, we've found it hard at times because society, in general, is not all that accepting yet of naked feet.


    We've been kicked out of quite a variety of stores, restaurants, movie theaters, I even went in to the office one morning barefoot and was sent home to get shoes after something of an unpleasant lecture. It's easy to change your own habits, but it's rather difficult to alter the conventions of an entire society.


    Now, like a lot of people here, we prefer to do all our running, walking, hiking and other outdoor activities completely barefoot, no minimalist footwear, no socks, no nothing. We found ourselves looking to minimalist footwear though for all those times when society was just completely intolerant of our free spirited soles.


    Soon, we realized a new problem though. We found ourselves spending about eight to ten hours a day stuck at work imprisoned in thick heeled, stuffy formal shoes. While there are a lot of options for minimalist footwear when you just can't be barefoot, there's nothing terribly business appropriate. We love our FiveFingers, but they just don't fly at the office and while some companies offer shoes that are close, none are quite suited for a business environment.


    That's why my wife and I started MoveFree Shoes. We want to offer a shoe for people who want to be as close to barefoot as they possibly can all the time, even when society doesn't quite agree. We want to offer shoes that allow you the benefit of being nearly barefoot in the boardroom, the mall, the grocer, wherever.


    Now, we could design these shoes based on what we think would make a great shoe, but we want to offer something that everyone likes, not just us.


    For that reason, we're hosting a survey on our website at http://www.movefreeshoes.com/contest. Anyone who completes the survey is entered for a chance to win a free pair of their choosing from any of our line of new barefoot shoes.


    That way, not only do you get the chance to help shape a minimalist shoe that would be perfect for you, but you may even get a free pair.


    Thanks for the support of everyone who participates, it's through your help that we're able to offer the kinds of shoes you really want.


    -Adam

    MoveFree Shoes, LLC.


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    I filled it out. Seems like it'd be pretty cool if you could make me my perfect barefoot shoe. Hope I win!

    Emily C.

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      I'm having a problem with the survey.


      Previous items become un-checked as I move down the list of "Importance" items :-(

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        weird kuno. I think you have to make sure you only check 1 of them for each number, so there's one 1, one 2, one 3, etc. It's not a "how important is it to you" ... were you trying to click the same number for more than one ?

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          I don't think so, but will try again.

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            Why don't you just cut the soles out of the shoes?


            That respects the public's need to see you in shoes and your desire to walk around barefoot.


            It will take a bit of engineering to get the appearance and fit right... but that covers to 2 needs.

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              Vick, I don't want to be ACTUALLY barefoot... no desire to build up callouses to protect me from thorns/pebbles/hot pavement/etc, and I also would like to be protected by nasty germs. ew.

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                Heh, guess you all haven't heard of "Vibrams"? I really don't know how much better you can get as far as "barefoot shoes" go without making them completely useless.

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                  Okay...so I completed the survey. Looks like there are compromises built in.


                  Hope I win those shoes ;-)

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                    FNW then I'm not sure what you want. My wife around the house is almost always barefoot. Not me.


                    How do you want to be almost barefoot? What sensation or freedom of movement do you want that shoes or sandals take away?

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                      Kaizen, I have some Vibrams. They're close but the sole is surprisingly unflexible... you can flex your toes backward but can't point them very effectively. Or maybe mine aren't very broken in yet. Also not a huge fan of the velcro (I got the sprints). Would love something slip-on with an elastic gusset to keep it fitted.


                      Vick, around the house I'm in socks a lot and love that. but doesn't work for "out" in public.

                      I want to feel the ground without actually having to touch it. haha. I want my toes and feet to be able to flex and move as they can when barefoot... I wear little converse-type flats and those are closer than most shoes... but not perfect.

                      Actually, my little thin-leather jazz shoes from when I used to dance were pretty much perfect. Maybe I just need to buy more of those and wear them around. Though I wish the soles would be more durable for long-term "out in the world" use... they do fine in a dance studio, but...yeah.

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                        maybe something like this without the height of the heel, making sure there is enough room for the toes to wiggle a little in there. haha.


                        http://www.endless.com/dp/B0002UVPE8/178-6281970-0186804?ie=UTF8&creative=380333&linkCode=asn&ref_= asc_df_B0002UVPE8965393&tag=endlesscj-20&suppressRedirect=1&creativeASIN=B0002UVPE8


                        And this one for a lace-up version.

                        http://www.endless.com/dp/B002DGS6AA...SIN=B002DGS6AA

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                          FNW... have you tried a moccasin?


                          I understand what you want... in a short typing definition.


                          A shoe that looks like a shoe from the top but a sole that gives a sock like protection and sensation.


                          The engineering problem is a soft sole that lasts or can economically be replaced.


                          So what we want is not to cut out or remove the sole but an inexpensive replaceable soft sole.


                          Does that sound right?

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                            yup, that's basically what i want. you got it. never thought of the replaceable sole option... would rather have one that lasts a long time, but if it's inexpensive and easy to replace and very secure, removable/replaceable would be ok.


                            I have some moccasin boots and they're great, very comfortable, flexible, strong... but not exactly widely accepted as everyday fashion. Especially since they're knee-high with fringe at the tops. haha.

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                              Kaizen - the other problem with Vibrams is that you can't really wear them to work, if you work in a semi-formal dress code job. For example, I teach - no "toe-shoes" are going to be ok there. I can't even wear normal sneakers - dress shoes only. I'd love to see something thin soled that looks formal, and flat. The closest I can get are the "ballet slippers" they've been selling lately. Moccasin-style shoes would be awesome, if they looked right.


                              Vibrams are good, but they aren't the solution to the problem made by society. If there weren't expectations for shoes from society, we wouldn't be wearing shoes for most of the year at all.

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