Visual: Dress & Business Casual Minimalist Shoes


It has been over 18 months since I published the original Dress & Business Casual Minimalist Shoes, the most popular post on our site. This updated post highlight the latest available versions of the models covered in our original guide in addition to any new models introduced since then. The one consistent factor: the same shoe vendors blazing the trail with updated and improved models or new models. They are: Altra Zero DropChronology (formerly, The Primal Professional), LEMs ShoesSkora AthleticsVIVOBAREFOOTNew to the list is Anthony Alan Shoes.

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    Keeping it casual, the Aqua II lets you live barefoot though your day-today. Based on one of VIVOBAREFOOT very first designs, Aqua is a VIVOBAREFOOT original with a spanking new, updated look. The simple, stitched leather construction and classic lace-up design give it a casual, every day wearability; designed to work easily for any occasion. Made with the principles of Pure Barefoot Technology, the super-thin, flexible, and puncture resistant V-city sole lets your feet do what they do best; move freely, move naturally and explore their surroundings.

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    Mata is a super-simple slip-on that lets your feet do their thing. With supple tumbled leather, stretchy elastic lining and our ultra-thin, ultra-flexible sole, Mata gives you room to move naturally and engage with the ground beneath. VIVOBAREFOOT Wild Hide collection uses Ethiopian leather, tanned by Pittards®, from the hides of free roaming cows.

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    This Oxford lace-up lets your feet behave naturally, whilst the leather upper does a perfect job of keeping up appearances. The supple yet strong upper and ultra-thin sole give you total flexibility, whilst allowing your feet to engage with the ground; giving you barefoot freedom from the Monday meeting to the Sunday pub.

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    Being barefoot has never looked this good. The classic design of the Gobi desert boot, by VIVOBAREFOOT’s Head Designer Asher Clark, unites simplicity with style and offers premium appearance appropriate for work and play with its brushed leather finish.

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    The Lisbon is VIVOBAREFOOT formal barefoot dress shoe that lets your feet perform whilst you look the part. The hand finished, polished leather is suitable for the most formal occasions and will allow your brain to engage with the ground. The leather footbed is durable yet comfortable and will form around your foot giving true barefoot experience.

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    The Porto is a sturdy, premium desert boot made from exquisite Portuguese leather. Available in brushed Tan or Brown, this robust boot will make easy strides through your day to day..

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    Super-light and super-cool, VIVOBAREFOOT took their best-selling barefoot office shoe, and turned it into a lightweight Summer classic. An engineered mesh construction lets your feet breathe, the “no-sew” design keeps it simple, while the super-thin, flexible sole lets you move naturally through the city.

Altra Zero Drop
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    Altra Instinct/Intuition Everyday


    Mix business and pleasure with a comfortable yet professional version of the award-winning Instinct (men) or Intuition (women). Using the original Instinct midsole and outsole, the Instinct Everyday™ dresses up the fit and feel you love. Enjoy the comfort, stability, and injury-reducing benefits of a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box whether you’re at the office or out on the town.

Chronology Shoes
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    Chronology FER Cap-Toe Oxfords


    Chronology shoes has a timeless real style, is interchangeable with multiple outfits and situations formal and casual, and provides you with real comfort throughout. The FER and ZETONE are exactly the same style except for the presence or absence of a cap over the toe. These shoes are made by a shoemaker with a real Heritage of 120 years’ experience. And because, not only are they resoleable, but they are backed by their full recrafting service which will restore your shoes to better-than-new, years later, for a fraction of the cost.

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    Chronology ZETONE Plain-Toe Oxfords

    zetone-roundSame as the FER but without the cap over the toe.

LEMs Shoes
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    LEMs Nine2five


    Even if you’ve got a case of the Monday’s, your feet will be showing you much appreciation after slipping on the all full-grain leather oxford. Settle into that cubicle and let your feet relax, for no stylish dress shoe has ever allowed your toes so much room for wiggling and comfort ability. Well here it is you 9 to 5er, the shoe that will make that climb up the corporate ladder a cake walk.

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    LEMs Mariner 2


    LEMs Shoes has taken their original Mariner, kept it’s natural shape, wide toebox, and ultra-minimalist design and decked out the rest! The flexible, zero-drop outsole will bring you back down to sea level and if scuffing your skib is a concern, know that the this sole is non-marking.  Forget about any anchors dragging you down, because the Mariner 2’s lightweight form comes in at a mere 8.9oz. With those features you might assume they’ve avoided quality materials, but think again, because LEMs newly designed insole featuring a 1.0mm pigskin leather/4.0mm breathable open cell PU compliments their top quality 1.8mm leather upper so much that your barefoot funk will certainly be kept at bay.

SKORA Athletics
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    FORM redefines premium athletic footwear. The full-leather goatskin upper forms to your foot, and a sheepskin lining and asymmetric no-tongue design make it incredibly comfortable. The durable upper and rubber outsole will make this shoe a go-to in your weekly lineup.

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    CORE is designed around the foot at every level. On top, Skora’s signature asymmetrical and no-tongue design combine with a wide fit for natural toe-splay and increased comfort. Inside, an antimicrobial breathable mesh lining fights odors and wicks moisture. An IBR outsole provides flexibility and incredible ground feel, without sacrificing protection.

Anthony Alan Shoes
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    Anthony Alan Oxford


    • Zero drop or minimal drop in the sole height from heel to toe (flat foot beds)
    • Anatomical or foot-shaped fit with roomy ball and toe areas to allow the bones of the forefoot and toes to spread out.
    • Lightweight and flexible soles and uppers to allow natural foot movement.