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Old 11-30-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
Philip Pilie
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Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

I walk to work and have been trying to find a minimalist dress shoe that I can actually wear with a suit. Most of the attempts at nicer minimalist shoes are so disappointing. They just look clunky and casual, not quite appropriate for a more formal business setting or church.

I stumbled upon a company trying to make a minimalist oxford that looks like it may be the answer to what I have been looking for. It has a really nice flexible soft leather upper attached to a zero drop Vibram sole.

Anyways, they have met their kickstarter goal and will produce the shoe. You can still order them on kickstarter and get a discount:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...oot-dress-shoe
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(Wanted to note that I have no connection to the company and waited until after they met the kickstarter goal before posting. I just think the shoes look great and have talked to many people at the gym who have been looking for something like this)
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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Re: Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

There's another company doing this, and they also launched via kickstarter: http://theprimalprofessional.com/ [WFS]
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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Re: Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

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There's another company doing this, and they also launched via kickstarter: http://theprimalprofessional.com/ [WFS]
Wow! $300 bucks a pair on pre-order?? The fist shoe I can almost swallow at $160 but just got the Nike Romaleos from Rogue so guess I'll have to minimalist fashion forward another time..
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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Re: Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

A lot of people like the Vivobarefoot Ra, I tried a pair a felt like I was wearing clown shoes. I ended up picking up a pair of Hush puppies "Carver" http://www.hushpuppies.com/US/en-US/...r?dimensions=0 WFS.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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Re: Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not understanding how the Primal Professional shoe is "barefoot". There looks like a heel.

Either way I will definitely be watching as this is something I'm struggling with right now.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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Maybe it's just me, but I'm not understanding how the Primal Professional shoe is "barefoot". There looks like a heel.

Either way I will definitely be watching as this is something I'm struggling with right now.
Thats what I thought but check out the video in the about us section, it's a faux heel, the foot sits on ground. I do like the look of the faux heel because it makes it look like one of my dress shoes, but for $300 I can live without it. If it were the price of the hush puppies posted I'd get a pair in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #7
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There's another company doing this, and they also launched via kickstarter: http://theprimalprofessional.com/ [WFS]
I have looked at these and I like the cap toe, but I am not a fan of the faux heel. It makes it look slightly orthotic shoe looking. Also it is difficult to tell how flexible the shoes are and $300 is steep.

However, I am really happy that so many companies are trying to solve this problem.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:43 AM   #8
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Re: Minimalist Dress Shoes for Work - Oxfords

Also found this company recently more of a loafer look but still very much a office environment type of shoe. I relly have not tried them but at $100 I might give them a try...

http://www.tunefootwear.com/ (WFS)
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:47 AM   #9
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I ordered these last week:

http://www.toms.com/black-wool-men-s-desert-oxfords WFS

Only $64, and the site is free shipping until the end of december. They come in tomorrow, I'll let you guys know how they are.
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