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Can anyone recommend minimalistic footwear for the office that will be worn indoors and on blacktop/concrete with a lot of walking.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Can anyone recommend minimalistic footwear for the office that will be worn indoors and on blacktop/concrete with a lot of walking, in Florida, and during the summer?

Basically, Im looking for the ultimate business minimalistic piece of footwear and there is so much stuff out there I am looking for an ACTUAL users findings. Please and thank you in advance!

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Good to know! Thanks!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I bought these and really liked them until I spent about 3 hours in them doing some gardening. The hard rubber over the toe box caused a deep bruising in my big toe under the nail, it's still purple. Just walking wasn't a problem but the deep bending did it. Oddly, it didn't hurt while I was doing it.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on March 27, 2012
at 03:28 AM

YES! Thanks! these are exactly what i was looking for

22fcea5ec4415ff2238c663324aca40f

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on March 26, 2012
at 03:54 AM

They make some sturdier shoes 'dress' shoes too, I think.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Yeah, I used to wear these at work all the time, but I'd go through a pair every 4 months, they'd just wear down and fall apart. Really like them, but it got a little pricey.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:25 AM

I used sanuks as well. They do wear out really fast though ..

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A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I am not a user of it, but would like to try the VIVOBAREFOOT Ra for my next dress shoe. They just need a good deal on them. Minimalist shoe that looks like a classic dress shoe. There is also a brand recently launched or working on being launched called the Primal Professional. Both are priceyish options, but if you have a strict workplace, they are the closest thing I have found to traditional dress shoes. I wanted to wear black Vibrams to school, but was told it wasn't allowed. I thought black would look okay with a shirt and tie.

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:59 AM

I like Sanuk's Sidewalk Surfers. I don't know how strict your office dress code is, so they might not be ideal, but they're really light and feel great.

22fcea5ec4415ff2238c663324aca40f

(556)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:54 AM

They make some sturdier shoes 'dress' shoes too, I think.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on March 26, 2012
at 01:25 AM

I used sanuks as well. They do wear out really fast though ..

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 26, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Yeah, I used to wear these at work all the time, but I'd go through a pair every 4 months, they'd just wear down and fall apart. Really like them, but it got a little pricey.

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B6e742bab3bf787b01f1c6cab8825412

on March 26, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I've been wearing the Vivobarefoot Dharma black exclusively at work 5 days a week for almost a year. Still going strong. Everyone in the office knows I experiment with minimal shoes and no one suspected these were anything other than dress shoes. I highly recommend these, great ground feel, good tobox/width and office approved. They have a brown version too, but I have yet to try them myself.

http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/dharma-61.html

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D49a181c9c1b3632421c452200131df1

on March 27, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Vivobarefoot - have 2 pairs, one for training and one for everyday use. Don't like wearing anything else now..!

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Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on March 26, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Melissa McEwen has a review of the Merrell Wonder Glove on her blog, HuntGatherLove.com. It sold me - I just ordered a pair! They look much more dressy and less sporty than most minimalist shoes.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on March 26, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I admit I'm not a user, but I saw someone else recommend Sockwa the other day, so I am just passing along their recommendation.

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1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

on March 26, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I like the Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove. They look fine for casual business use, are zero drop from heel to forefoot, have a wide toe box, and have a vibram sole with good traction.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:28 AM

YES! Thanks! these are exactly what i was looking for

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I wear the Puma Drift Cat racing shoes. They're really thin so you can feel the pedals when racing, but they make really comfortable everyday shoes and the sole is really thin. You can feel the lines that are painted on the road when you walk over them.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 05, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I think wedge sneakers is very suitable for wearing in the office. I often wear them, they are comfortable and stylish. You can go to http://www.upere.com/ and find one pair.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:56 PM

My office has made great concessions for me, so I am unable to give you anything if your office requires "professional" shoes. There are, IMO, no minimalist or barefoot shoes that would pass as "truly professional"... for example, in a bank or lawyer's office or something that requires 'business' or 'business dressy' or 'highly professional' wardrobe. However, for myself, as a regulatory professional and medical editor at a major medical center, I have been wearing Vibram fivefingers Sprints in black, ZEMGear Playas in black, and Sockwa Dojos (grey/black and pink/grey--but I -am- a female) in the office AND for all of my "out of office" activites for going on 3 years, including riding my motorscooter, in Houston, in the middle of summer.

Hope that helps -- oh, and as for the heat issue... your feet DO toughen up over time. I had to stop letting my companion talk me into pedicures, because after a while, while I stopped getting huge callouses, I realized that the soft, sort of leathery feel to the bottom of my feet was a necessary part of my transition to being "less shod" -- what I DO NOT recommend, EVER, is going BAREFOOT on asphalt or any variant thereof in the summer in the south -- I learned that the hard way... Asphalt melting to the bottom of your feet definitely leaves very painful blisters!

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4815ce60a36f08fb6878bb458c249034

on March 27, 2012
at 03:38 PM

This Steve Madden "Grab" driving moccasin (http://www.stevemadden.com/Item.aspx?id=53101&green=93700F6A-9553-54BA-9C22-89C329B29615) is one of the most comfortable work shoes I've ever worn. Not minimalist, but very little heel lift, extremely flexible forefoot and soft leather. They also generate quite a few compliments. Probably readily available and reasonably priced. Good luck.

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2f83028f9830b25f7c21109197176d9e

on March 27, 2012
at 01:35 PM

You might try Camper shoes: http://www.camper.com/en/?gclid=CP7mxN2Xh68CFQdN4AodVlFA9Q

I bought a pair (for ladies, since I am one. This pair specifically: http://www.camper.com/en/eshop/producto.xhtml?option=46256-014)

It has the qualities I value in my minimalist athletic shoes - flat sole, wide toe box

They have a similar pair for men: http://www.camper.com/en/eshop/producto.xhtml?option=17948-007

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 27, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I bought these and really liked them until I spent about 3 hours in them doing some gardening. The hard rubber over the toe box caused a deep bruising in my big toe under the nail, it's still purple. Just walking wasn't a problem but the deep bending did it. Oddly, it didn't hurt while I was doing it.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on March 27, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Good to know! Thanks!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 26, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I have a pair of the VIVOBAREFOOT Ra's and I really like them. They look pretty close to business shoes and I have worn them to several business (including sales) meetings and no one has noticed.

The only downside is that I believe they need some time to break in. The top part of the back of the shoe is rubbing into my left Achilles heel when I work the clutch in my wife's car. I think that once they are broken in that they will be my favorite shoes.

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138be7a21edcd70c350bdebfd05948db

on March 26, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I like the New Balance Minimus. It is a running shoe but it fits like a glove. They come in black so you might get away with wearing it in the office.

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