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    hey people, in particular, ladies.
    i'm looking for some suggestions on a nice looking boot or shoe that is semi-soft soled, minimalist. i am hoping to find something that i can wear with nicer casual clothes. i don't want to go total toe-shoe or athletic shoe because i need to look "nice" for work... sometimes.
    i don't want to spend more than 150$. online i find many repeats of the same brand (vivo barefoot) which is all well and good, but i want options!

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    I love these and these and have no idea if they count as actually minimalist.
    Last edited by zoebird; 04-10-2014, 02:00 PM.

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    • #3
      My go-to work-appropriate minimalist shoe is the ballerina:

      Amazon.com: ballet flat - Flats / Women: Shoes

      Just look at all the options... I have black ones, white ones, red ones, pink ones, brown ones. Very comfy. They go great with skirts, dresses or "skinny" slacks. Also good with capris. They can go formal or do well in casual wear.

      You can get the actual ones for ballerinas at dance stores for like $20, they are made of leather and there's nothing to 'em. But you could pretty easily find a 'floppy' ballerina style shoe at any shoe retailer.
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      Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
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      • #4
        Vivobarefoot Mary Janes

        http://www.amazon.com/Vivobarefoot-W.../dp/B005SP49K4

        Lems:

        Womens Sweet Jane Black

        SoftStar has Mary Janes and ballerina styles

        Soft Star Minimalist Adult Shoes - Running Shoes, Dress Shoes and Everyday Shoes | Soft Star Shoes

        Merrells

        Women

        You can find some good deals on Left Lane Sports and The Clymb on Vivobarefoot. I usually wear Vivobarefoot Mary Janes.
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        • #5
          The Lems are really nice. I have a pair. So comfy. Casual style. Doesn't look like athletic wear.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            Women

            You have to scroll down to see the "dressier" shoes.

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            • #7
              I have two pairs of the Merrels - the Wonder Glove in Black and the wool Bliss Glove which are dressier but apparently discontinued.
              The Glimmer Glove or Wish Glove look to be cute options, too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                I love these and these and have no idea if they count as actually minimalist.
                really depends what the op does for work, i think? those would certainly not be appropriate for me in my job.

                i do wear ballerina style flats quite a lot as well as "driving mocs" -- with skinny pants.

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                As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                Ernest Hemingway

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cookie View Post
                  hey people, in particular, ladies.
                  i'm looking for some suggestions on a nice looking boot or shoe that is semi-soft soled, minimalist. i am hoping to find something that i can wear with nicer casual clothes. i don't want to go total toe-shoe or athletic shoe because i need to look "nice" for work... sometimes.
                  i don't want to spend more than 150$. online i find many repeats of the same brand (vivo barefoot) which is all well and good, but i want options!
                  I've wanted to try RunAmoc's but haven't bought a pair yet. I have made several mocs myself though. They are cheep and pretty easy if you like doing things with your hands.

                  I use Vivo's shoes for hiking, but not dressier things.

                  I also wear home made chaco like sandals using Zero Shoes soles much of the time. I wait tables and am allowed to wear them to work. I usually wear them with dresses and have been complimented on them several times, including the couple that asked where they could buy a pair. I don't know if sandals are an option for you or not, but they are my favorite until it's snowing too much to wear them.
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                  • #10
                    I've had really good luck finding ballet flats at Payless. No arch "support," with a heel or no rise or only a couple of millimeters.

                    If you're allowed, in spring and summer there are many sandals that are flat and quite nice to wear.

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                    • #11
                      I'm always looking for longevity in my footwear.

                      I can buy ballet flats, and within 3 months -- whether I spend $30 or $300 (and I have) -- I have walked through the ballet flats. I just wear my shoes really hard.

                      So, I've basically given up on ballet flats. I've given up on vibrams (the classics are done in 6-9 months, usually). I'm really looking for something that I can beat up on, but that doesn't look like a "clunker" or "sporty" shoe. But, it also needs to be cute/chic, and that's a tough order.

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                      • #12
                        I think that Merrel has a line of cute ladies casual shoes that are fairly flat and minimal (especially if you take out the padded insole that is inside.) I have found that they are pretty well-built. Might last you longer.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          if you spend $30 on shoes that last 6 months, that is $5 a month...
                          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                          Ernest Hemingway

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ariel C. McGlothin View Post
                            I've wanted to try RunAmoc's but haven't bought a pair yet. I have made several mocs myself though. They are cheep and pretty easy if you like doing things with your hands.
                            Is it possible for you to tell how you make the mocs? Or steer me to a website with directions that are good? I would appreciate it a lot.
                            I want to make some footwear for myself, but although I have leather and am good with my hands I do not know how to do it. I love the Lems and would get those, but cannot afford $100 for a pair of shoes!

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                            • #15
                              You could try this. simpleshoemaking by simpleshoemaking on Etsy

                              I found her instructions in her book Crafting Handmade Shoes to be very difficult to follow. But I was able to figure some of her patterns out and have made lots of shoes and sandals. I think if you start with How to Make the Simplest Sandals you can figure out shoes. I started with her instructions for fisherman sandals and have found the "Tuscan sandals" to be the most comfortable sandals I've ever made or worn.

                              How to Make the Simplest Sandals for Everyone by simpleshoemaking
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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