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Do Tom's shoes work well as minimal dress casual shoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

I've just recently converted to wearing five fingers, and I must find a dress casual shoe to wear at work and other formal events that is as minimal as possible. I don't need (and can't really afford to buy) 100 dollar minimalist running shoes; I'll just be standing/walking in them. They just need to pass the 'business/dress casual' qualification.

A few suggestions from other questions on this site got me looking at Tom's shoes, but on their website it says there is an insole and arch support insert. Anyone know if this can be removed? I would love to support their cause, and I'll only really consider dropping more than 50 bucks because they have such a good cause. Their black cord and burlap classic shoes seem to fit what I would call business casual.

I've thought about just using slippers, but they have such little durability, and many still have thick soles. I appreciate any other suggestions.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on June 06, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Thanks, I welcome new information in old posts. I ended up going with Vivobarefoot Ra black leather shoes because I can get away with them in both casual and formal attire. They are MUCH more expensive, but worth every penny. I did do the barefoot day on campus, though. I used it as an excuse to go barefoot more than to support Toms, though.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Your question is a bit old but I wanted to address the size issue. The canvas shoes will stretch. People online say to buy a size up but buying them from a shoe store I was told they will feel really tight at first, but will stretch out to the proper size. The folks at the shoe store were correct. After just a day or two they fit my feet perfectly. Also avoid the old style burlap with the burlap back, because it will burst after a short while. The new burlap style has canvas in the back for reinforcement. Half a size up for burlap because it does not stretch like canvas.

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 28, 2012
at 04:16 PM

OMG Toms are sooo narrow. Anyway a good thing to try for the OP are driving loafers.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on May 28, 2012
at 03:24 PM

http://www.natashascafe.com/html/shoesnhats.html

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

(1022)

on May 28, 2012
at 10:43 AM

Are you f-ing serious?

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(1724)

on February 28, 2012
at 01:28 PM

False reason. You don't prevent soil-borne diseases by shoes, you prevent them by not walking in feces or putting feces where people walk.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 25, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I have some Stems too and I love them. Word has it the company is working on a black version with black sole, if they ever make those they'd work decent in most offices.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 25, 2012
at 12:33 AM

No, I tried them in the store. My usual size was too narrow, the next size up still felt narrow and was too long. I have short wide duck feet though.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:16 PM

And for what it's worth, if I were your boss and you showed up in Toms at a business casual workplace I would send you home. For reference I think of business causal as slacks and an button down.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Also this is kind of an aside, but I do have a pair of these for just casual wear and I absolutely love them http://www.stemfootwear.com/

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I know what you mean, I've held off buying a pair because of the cost. Although I have to admit if I could wear them to work I would definitely have a pair or two. It seems expensive but I think they would last well and if you're on your feet 8-10 hours a day in them, it's well worth the cost.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:26 PM

^^ Would ordering a size up possibly fix this? I read that many people have had to do so since they run small, but if it is a narrow shoe I might have to pass.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I'll have to keep that in mind if I find the support to be too much.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Those do look very nice, but $130.00 is quite a lot. I think that the Run Amoks from Soft Star would be passable, but they are also around $100.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:23 PM

One of their main reasons for providing shoes is in prevention of soil-borne diseases that can be picked up through bare feet. Granted I would not want to be giving tennis shoes to someone in need, but I read these are very minimal (hence my consideration). Any brands or 'offbrands' that are similar to Toms? I don't know of a chinatown near me.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 24, 2012
at 06:56 AM

I've found them very narrow through the forefoot.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 02:49 AM

You might want to check out Vivos. They're a bit pricey but they are the most passable shoe I can find for your purposes. http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ra-40.html Personally, I have to wear a suit to work and haven't found anything I can quite pull of with that, but I think these would do for a business causal workplace just fine.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:16 PM

And for what it's worth, if I were your boss and you showed up in Toms at a business casual workplace I would send you home. For reference I think of business causal as slacks and an button down.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Those do look very nice, but $130.00 is quite a lot. I think that the Run Amoks from Soft Star would be passable, but they are also around $100.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I know what you mean, I've held off buying a pair because of the cost. Although I have to admit if I could wear them to work I would definitely have a pair or two. It seems expensive but I think they would last well and if you're on your feet 8-10 hours a day in them, it's well worth the cost.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 25, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I have some Stems too and I love them. Word has it the company is working on a black version with black sole, if they ever make those they'd work decent in most offices.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Also this is kind of an aside, but I do have a pair of these for just casual wear and I absolutely love them http://www.stemfootwear.com/

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8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

on February 24, 2012
at 01:12 PM

TOMs are grossly overpriced. You can buy the same shoes in Chinatown for $5. And they're cause is not great, IMHO. "Poor" people don't need overpriced pieces of canvas to cover their feet anymore than rich people do.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:23 PM

One of their main reasons for providing shoes is in prevention of soil-borne diseases that can be picked up through bare feet. Granted I would not want to be giving tennis shoes to someone in need, but I read these are very minimal (hence my consideration). Any brands or 'offbrands' that are similar to Toms? I don't know of a chinatown near me.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on February 28, 2012
at 01:28 PM

False reason. You don't prevent soil-borne diseases by shoes, you prevent them by not walking in feces or putting feces where people walk.

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 28, 2012
at 04:16 PM

OMG Toms are sooo narrow. Anyway a good thing to try for the OP are driving loafers.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on May 28, 2012
at 03:24 PM

http://www.natashascafe.com/html/shoesnhats.html

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D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on February 24, 2012
at 03:27 AM

Toms have the description of the insole, but honestly there is no support in the shoe. But, they are extremely comfortable, light, and go with anything. I would say give them a try, because they really act like a minimal shoe.

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6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on February 24, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I love my toms. I want to marry them. I work out in them, and I can wear them with my dressier casual clothing as well. Though they support me in many aspect of my daily activities, their built in insole actually does not provide much "support", if at all. I find them super minimalistic in construction.

i <3 tom(s)

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:05 AM

Tom's shoes is quite a good choice. As for me, I often wear this kind of shoes for wearing at work and other formal events. http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html

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on February 24, 2012
at 11:13 PM

I actually found some $50 dr scholl's minimalist shoes at dsw. They're women's and meant to look converse-like, but serve me well for casual Fridays and out-running-errands. They have a bit of a gel insert, which I don't mind because i'm mostly on concrete or tile, but its removable. I'm not sure if they have a wear-to-work/dressy version, but it might be worth checking out their website.

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:12 AM

After an extremely rainy day and soaking my TOMS in yucky sewer water I machine washed and dried them and afterwards the insole easily slipped out...maybe that's your answer? ;)

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on February 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I'll have to keep that in mind if I find the support to be too much.

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at 08:35 AM

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at 08:15 AM

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on May 28, 2012
at 10:43 AM

Are you f-ing serious?

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