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  • #16
    I saw a guy somewhere on the interwebs that just took his shoes and cut off the raised heel. A lot closer to barefoot. Not a perfect solution but affordable and available.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by ctjwa View Post
      I've gotta be honest, I've looked at all of these suggestions and I just haven't found anything that fits what i'm looking for. I think a market would exist for a dress shoe with a really nice polished leather upper, no raised heel, and a softer and thinner rubber sole. Essentially it would be a fancy slip on loafer.
      I found this model (Pritchard) from Vans OTW collection in a store last week:



      They are quite comfortable and have a semi-soft sole. As with all skate shoes, they are flat and pretty "close to the ground" (or board, as they prefer it). I think the faux heal is a really nice solution to make it more dressy but still maintain a flat sole.

      I'm not sure how they would go with a suit, but they work very well with jeans/khakis and a dress shirt. I use mine as a dressier alternative to the Adidas Gazelle (which is also a great minimalist shoe, but the white stripes are not always suitable...).

      I also think this model (Woessner) looks quite nice (I also saw it in the store):



      My only objection to it is the white sole. If it had a black/dark sole I would have bought it also.

      It's a shame that white sole sides is in fashion these days, because if they weren't, there would be so many models of skate shoes that would be perfect for "minimalist" footwear. I guess we just have to wait for the trends to change...
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      • #18


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        • #19
          I admire your initiative and would love to have a pair, but $300 is just ludicrous and out of my budget.
          You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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          • #20
            Black shoes allows you to get away with more. Remove insoles, choose shoes with no heels, and perhaps a size too big, and no socks.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by DaisyEater View Post
              Those aren't bad. They may be in my husband's future. I just ordered my first pair of minimalist shoes (Merrell Pace Glove) and he's been expressing an interest in VFFs for running. I've always tended to wear supportive shoes according to CW but I go barefoot at home. It seems I have fewer foot problems than the folks I know that wear shoes all the time. However, running has never been comfortable for my feet. I'm curious to see if I can enjoy it more without running shoes. At the very least, the pace glove is a doable work shoe for me. Software engineers don't give a shit what's on your feet.
              I love my Merrells. I have 2 pairs of the Pure Gloves, one pair of the Pace Glove's and one pair of the Contour Glove's. I've worn them all to work, but we do have a casual dress environment.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Mainer View Post
                I admire your initiative and would love to have a pair, but $300 is just ludicrous and out of my budget.
                I would disagree with "ludicrous" myself. A good pair of men's dress shoes will set you back half of that. For something specialized like this I would certainly expect $250. I am grateful that I no longer wear suits on a regular basis, otherwise, I'd be spending this $300...and I am not a man of means in any sense. If their quality matches their description, the shoes will last a very long time. I did wear a suit daily for a very long time and I always found in shoes that buying cheaper shoes was more expensive in the long run.

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                • #23
                  I've been buying Clarks and Born shoes for several years now, I've never had more comfortable shoes. All my foot issues have cleared up since I've left the usual dress shoe makers. I've started wearing Merrell barefoot sneakers for a couple of months ago, and I swear I've starting to notice the elevated heal in my shoes.

                  The Primal Professional shoes look great, but I'll need to try them on and handle them before I consider laying out that kind of money on shoes. Good luck with the company, we need more natural shoe options!

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                  • #24
                    I've had my eye on these for a long while. Barefoot Dress Shoes - Minimalist Shoes for Men | TUNEfootwear

                    Next time I have $110 (with shipping), they're mine.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                      I've had my eye on these for a long while. Barefoot Dress Shoes - Minimalist Shoes for Men | TUNEfootwear

                      Next time I have $110 (with shipping), they're mine.
                      Wow. Had not seen those. They look awesome. I'd love to hear a report if anyone has tried these yet.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                        I've had my eye on these for a long while. Barefoot Dress Shoes - Minimalist Shoes for Men | TUNEfootwear

                        Next time I have $110 (with shipping), they're mine.

                        I hadn't seen these either, they look good and cost less than most traditional dress shoes. Definitely my next shoe purchase

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                        • #27
                          Have you tried Dansko? They aren't 'barefoot' but they are very comfortable and they have dress shoes.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by tplank View Post
                            Wow. Had not seen those. They look awesome. I'd love to hear a report if anyone has tried these yet.
                            Me too, especially about the fit. The site says they run small and to order up one size. Bit of a pain if I have to send them back from Canada.

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                            • #29
                              How about if you just get your feet painted and bedazzled and shit all fancy? Gold toe-nails and shit.
                              "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                              Jack london, "Before Adam"

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
                                How about if you just get your feet painted and bedazzled and shit all fancy? Gold toe-nails and shit.
                                Didn't you just get fired? I think the point is that we want to have something physiologically appropriate to wear on our feet that lets us keep our jobs.
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