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Old 11-10-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Minimalist dress shoe?

I know, odd request but I spend 9 hours a day in my shoes. Granted I'm at a desk and do very little walking but I was looking for a minimalist shoe that I would wear to work and not get looked funny at for wearing. On Fridays I can wear my chucks, but that doesn't cover Monday-Thursday. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:19 PM   #2
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

http://www.highsnobiety.com/uploads/...ntedfeet_2.jpg (WFS)
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

www.terraplana.com wfs I bought some Darmas to wear at the firehouse and love them!
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:01 AM   #4
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

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I know, odd request but I spend 9 hours a day in my shoes. Granted I'm at a desk and do very little walking but I was looking for a minimalist shoe that I would wear to work and not get looked funny at for wearing. On Fridays I can wear my chucks, but that doesn't cover Monday-Thursday. Any suggestions?
Not an odd question, at least to me as this is something I have struggled to find, spending my days in a cube and hating dress shoes with raised heels. I have come across a few that suite the need:

Terra Planets are great, but to me I do not like the look of most of them and they are pricey.

Clarks makes a line of moccassin that are very low profile & pliable, and they can usually be found for around $50:

http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-clar...&ci_sku=209456 (WFS)

http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-clar...her-p_id214638 (WFS)


Hush Puppies makes a few models with a thin, flexible, Vibram sole. I want a pair of these badly as they feel great, but I have yet to find my size:

http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-hush...&ci_sku=197123 (WFS)

Lastly, what I considering at the moment is a pair of solid black Samba's, about on par (minimalist wise) with Chucks:

http://www.shopadidas.com/product/in...ange&sv=G19471 (WFS)
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:40 AM   #5
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

Truth is . . . there's no such thing in our society. I'm not sure what your job is, but if it requires wearing "dress" shoes, then you can't wear a minimalist shoe. Don't be that guy who wear his Vibrams with a suit. Trust me -- I love Vibrams. But, I know where to draw the line between CrossFit and work.

Your best bet is to get a pair of loafers. These are acceptable dress shoes, and they can be easily slipped off when you're at your desk. If, as you say, you're at your desk most of the day, then you should be able to spend most of the day barefoot. Just keep the loafers close by for when you need them.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:07 AM   #6
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

Many of the Terra Planta models look exactly like conventional dress shoes, without the raised heel. I know nothing about fashion, but that looks pretty dumb anyways, and I doubt people would notice.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:09 AM   #7
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www.terraplana.com wfs I bought some Darmas to wear at the firehouse and love them!
WOW. I Had pretty much decided on Nike Frees, but the Evos look way more awesome... I want!
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:07 AM   #8
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www.terraplana.com wfs I bought some Darmas to wear at the firehouse and love them!
Vivo Barefoot shoes rock, I wear these to places I can't wear my Vibrams.
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:11 PM   #9
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Re: Minimalist dress shoe?

I tried the Oaks and sent them back, you could wear them in office situations... however i did not find them to be "minimalist"

Check out [WFS] http://birthdayshoes.com for alot of reviews
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I tried the Oaks and sent them back, you could wear them in office situations... however i did not find them to be "minimalist"

Check out [WFS] http://birthdayshoes.com for alot of reviews
Thanks for posting that, I have killed an hour looking through it and I really excited about the upcoming Merrill Toughglove shoes.
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