One of the trickiest categories of shoes to find barefoot-compliant is the women’s dress shoe. As someone who doesn’t want to compromise on style OR foot health, this has been the area I’ve spent the most time researching. Here is my compilation of shoes you can wear to work or a night out, but are still completely flat, flexible and with a roomy toe box. Some of these I have tried and reviewed, but many of them I have not personally worn, so any feedback is appreciated. Also, remember to do your diligence before ordering to be sure they fit your needs.
The Drifter Leather – They have many styles of boots, almost all of which are dressy! Their Vera Riding boots are my favorite – reviewed here and here
Vivobarefoot Fulham – See my review here
Luk Shoes Ankle High Boots
Otz Paso – With insoles removed
Sole Runner Larissa Boot
Zaqq – Ordering from the US is tricky, you need to send them a message requesting an invoice.
Belenka Riding Boot
DaVinci boots – My review here
Lace up dress shoes (oxfords)
Vivobarefoot Porto rocker
Soft Star Chukka
The Drifter Leather – Again, many options!
Belenka All Year Shoes
Vivobarefoot Handcut Lisbons
Lems Nine2Five and Chukka
Gea Soles – On the casual/masculine side, but can pass as dressy
Ballet Flats + other flat styles
Soft Star Ballerine
The Drifter Leather – Many cute flat styles, but ordering is difficult.
Vivobarefoot Jing Jing Lace up – Available in black leather and vegan pewter
Oesh Dream Flats – These have more cushion than is typical for barefoot shoes, but they fit all the other requirements. See my review here.
Sole Runner Miranda
Joe Nimble Step Toes
Lisbeth Joe – Available for purchase on Indiegogo here!
Crupon flats – request Vibram/zero drop sole. No returns/exchanges. See my review here.
Unshoes Primrose – More like a fancy mocassin, not quite a flat.
The Drifter Leather
Soft Star Mary Janes
Xero Shoes Cassie Flat
Tadeevo Ballet Pumps
Magical Shoes Ballerina – My review here
Zeazoo – comes in some fun colors and designs!
Faery Steps – Beautiful handmade shoes! The toe box looks a little narrow, but they are flat, flexible and high quality shoes.
Conker Shoes – They have a few Mary Jane styles
Soft Star Solstice
The Drifter Leather Sandals – See here for pics of mine
Crupon Sandals – Must request a completely flat sole
High Feels Sandals
I have several Etsy sandal makers compiled here, all of whom make zero drop sandals and are dressier.
Yosi Samara (available for cheaper here and here) – This is what I’ve worn for years. The toe box kind of bothers me after walking a while, but they are zero drop and roomy, with a split sole. Also, more affordable than many barefoot ballet flats.
The Storehouse Flats – This is a small business (which I love) and their flats look quite promising, but I haven’t tried them out myself. They only are available for preorder once a month, and then it’s 4-6 weeks before they ship.
Crane Boutique – I’ve also owned these, they have a roomy toe box and are flat and flexible. I sold mine because they pressed down over the tops of my toes and didn’t stretch.
Manitoba Moccasins – These flats are completely flat, but the toe box is fairly tapered
Tieks – I thought I better put these on here because they are on KB’s shoe list here, but I am personally not a fan. The toe box is SO TIGHT and the sole is very thick (though it does bend in half). There is zero ground feel. I like to toe the line with my shoes when it comes to fashion, but these were not even close to being comfortable.
Zuzii Sandals – These are zero drop and flexible, but the straps that go over the ball of the foot are quite narrow and too painful for me.