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    I work in a corporate setting, and have to wear a suit and tie every day. For client meetings obviously I will switch to the fancy shoes, but are there any type of barefoot shoes which will pass as at least business casual dress shoes?

    Vibrams are out, and the Terra Plana Vivo's are getting closer but still a little too casual. Anybody know any other companies, or is this an untapped market??

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I've actually been wearing the grey smartwool vibrams to the office almost every day lately. Granted, I work at a university so things are much more low key here.

    I've been looking for barefoot dress shoe alternatives, but I haven't found anything. I'm hoping my sister gets married on the beach so I can dispense with shoes altogether.

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    • #3
      I have some softstar RunAMocs that I wear to work with my khakis and polos. I've gotten a couple questions about them, but I think they blend in pretty well for the most part. You could also check out the Merrell trail gloves (might be too casual).

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      • #4
        I'm not sure how dressy, or how barefoot...

        I like Naturalizer shoes in general. I have a pair of these flats (mine are blue suede!) that feel almost as good as barefoot. These ones are also comfy, though they are a bit more constructed and have more of a heel.
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        • #5
          merrell has the best looking minimalist shoes out there. Called the "tough glove" : http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Prod...ot-Tough-Glove

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          • #6
            You might look at Patagonia Pau's. Very minimalist IF you remove the insoles. I went down a size in doing so. They pass as business casual but not suit and tie.

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            • #7
              I like Clark's shoes/sandals. Not barefoot, but at least well-designed and comfortable.
              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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              • #8
                Originally posted by theholla View Post
                I like Naturalizer shoes in general. I have a pair of these flats (mine are blue suede!) that feel almost as good as barefoot. These ones are also comfy, though they are a bit more constructed and have more of a heel.
                Those look nice, but I forgot to mention the very important detail that I am a male, and also wear size 14 US.

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                • #9
                  i would suggest going to a cobbler/shoe maker. a lot of them can make shoes designed to your specifications.

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                  • #10
                    http://www.russellminimalistfootwear.com/

                    Pricey, very well made, good for business casual, but a stretch for a suit

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Karma View Post
                      merrell has the best looking minimalist shoes out there. Called the "tough glove" : http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Prod...ot-Tough-Glove
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ctjwa View Post
                        Those look nice, but I forgot to mention the very important detail that I am a male, and also wear size 14 US.
                        Hahaha...the suit and tie thing should have tipped me off!
                        The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

                        You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                        • #13
                          The terra plana button looks like it may work with a suit/tie. I am tempted to try but aweful pricey. I use vibram dress shoes - they have a heel but are fairly roomy and comfortable.
                          http://www.terraplana.com/uk/mens/button-19.html/

                          cheers
                          j

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                          • #14
                            sanuk. boardroom model. look them up

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                            • #15
                              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.

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