I'm starting to see quite a few paleo/barefoot dress shoes. Although they all seem to be very expensive. Does anybody actually have a pair?
Also is there anything like a mark nason shoe? With a faked heel? That is one of the interesting things about the second link I posted.
I actually have a survey up at http://www.dayshoe.com for when I was considering making a minimalist office shoe, but the realities of the shoemaking industry and importation overwhelmed me (especially when dealing with big and wide sizes), so I put it on hold for now.
Here's a couple of things that I wear to work regularly with fairly minimalist soles:
I have these in brown and black L.B. Evans Finn driving moccasin and I have no problems with forefoot striking, even though the heel seems a little thick.
I also have these Route 66 Nolan slippers in brown and black but they are obviously not as nice, but the sole is very thin and flexible. So far no one has given me hassle about them except one guy who also owned the Route 66 Nolan in brown and said "Why are you wearing slippers?" But this is a business casual environment, I would not wear any of these to an interview.
Today at a resale shop I saw a pair of these Drillmasters Marching Shoes and was surprised at how thin and flexible the soles were. They weren't my size, but I made sure to look them up just in case. They are also all synthetic, which I'm not into.
I have made some of my own shoes just by removing the sole and replacing it with a SoleTech 144 sole using Freesole but my first try just mangled it. :) I hear shoe repair places can do it for around $30.
I even had a guy on eBay make me a pair of jazz dancing shoes with a minimalist sole, but he ended up using a flat plastic sole instead. Thankfully it was cheap. Jazz dancing shoes like these are almost perfect, just get rid of the heel and make the sole more waterproof and you're done. Or just wear them indoors at work.
I love my Merrell Tough Gloves. I have them in black and plan to get a pair in brown in a few months. http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/22874M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Life-Tough-Glove?dimensions=0
I wear Vivobarefoot Ra to work and Vibram Five Fingers for fitness. The Ra are expensive and sell out quickly but are excellent for an office environment. They seem to be very quality shoes, I took out the insole so it's just the Vibram sole between my foot and the ground. Nobody noticed them as outside of the ordinary except this guy that thinks he's the fashion guru, and he was like "Wow, are those Italian?!". Sure guy. http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ra-8.html
If you keep care of them, they seem like they will last years. Also, 0 drop heel to toe. I'll never buy another type of work shoe unless one comes out exactly like it for a lot less :)
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For the ladies it looks like vivobarefoot has some decent options now, like a boot, and a mary jane.
For something a little more tennis-shoey but not in a tropical fish palate these look promising:
I almost got a pair of these, since the heel is quite low and it feels fantastic. I do need a pair of dress shoes by March 10, since I am starting a new job in catering. It needs to be all black, and I'm not sure if the vivo Ra or Merrel Tough Glove are acceptable options yet. I will buy a pair of the primal professionals though, if they are as good as those clarks, at least in construction and overall feel. I need to be able to stand for 6+ hours and walk through grease.
I never wear minimal dress shoes, I like wearing wedge sneakers daily like this http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-suede-black-beige-p-3.html. Paleo club shoe sounds good, you can have a try.
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