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    Barefoot dress shoes?

    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!

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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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!
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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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