Men’s Barefoot and Minimalist Dress Shoes

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Dress shoes are the most difficult category to find barefoot friendly. Earlier this year I put together the Women’s Dress Shoe Roundup and the Women’s Wedding Shoes list, but until now have not looked into minimalist options for men. Just like women, there are many men out there in need of a shoe to wear to work, weddings, or church without sticking out like a sore thumb. Amazingly, shoemakers are rising to the challenge and just in the last year alone several new styles have been developed.

Many options on this list are even dressy enough for black tie event, but not all will be. If you know of more to add to this list, let me know!

Vivobarefoot – The Gobi and Ra are professional looking, and they recently released a Mocc that is very classy.

Belenka‘s shoes are unisex and they have a few styles that are cut like a traditional dress shoe, like the Icon. I like the cognac and smooth black for men.

Groundies Palermo – Looks very classy! They also have a chukka style that is dressy.

The Drifter Leather – Lots of great men’s styles! But ordering is difficult and there will be an extensive wait time. See my post here for more info.

DaVinci Barefoot – They have a killer men’s line. My husband has a pair and they are beautiful, but $$$. You can see my review of them here.

Zaqq – Zaqq has an astounding number of men’s dress shoe options and they all look amazing! I have heard from a couple people that they can be tapered in the toes. I am not sure which styles this applies to, so you might want to e-mail them before ordering to ask.

Sole Runner has a number of nice looking men’s shoes!

Senmotic – Their business line looks very professional and classy.

Carets – Beautiful shoes, very dressy. But again with the $$$

Gaucho Ninja Leather – This Etsy shop custom makes men’s boots, and some of the styles are very classy and dressy. Prices are up there, but you are getting custom.

Softstar Shoes – Softstar has one dressy men’s shoe – the Hawthorne. They just released the Sawyer, which can pass as a dressy shoe but is on the casual side.

Lems has a new Chukka boot (reviewed here) out that looks very nice, as well as their nine2five shoe.

Joe Nimble – International shoppers only can purchase directly from Joe Nimble. If you are in the US, you can purchase from Joe Nimble from Baer Shoes. They have a good selection of men’s dress shoes.

Zlatush Shoes – Zlatica hand makes a couple men’s dress shoe styles and she is very talented. I ordered women’s shoes, but you can read about the ordering process here.

Botky Mechovky – Another shoemaker who does custom shoes and has a men’s dressy style.

Prime Trotter – These are some really nice handmade shoes, customized to your measurements. Zero drop and on a Vibram outsole.

Zeazoo, formally just a kid’s brand, now makes chukka style boots for men.

Conker Shoes

Ruth Emily Davey

Green Shoes

Zkama Shoes – There are some simple derby styles you can get from this handmade shoe shop.

Xero Shoes – They have two dressy options to choose from, the Alston and the Coalton. IMO they are a little more casual than the above options.

Tadeevo – They have a men’s derby, as well as lined winter boot that could be worn with slacks.

Hoss Handmade’s black oxford would look great with professional attire.

Luks Shoes – Currently the Year Round Boot is the only style made in men’s sizing, but they have some other styles they’ll be adding soon that will be work appropriate.

Magical Shoes has a men’s winter boot that looks professional.

The Altra Smith Boot is a good option if you need an extra thick sole. Simple, and classy looking!

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5 thoughts on “Men’s Barefoot and Minimalist Dress Shoes”

  1. ships Joe Nimble to the US. Expensive shipping fee– 40 euros per order (not per pair), but you get to deduct VAT.

  2. Natalie Ferguson

    I just received a pair of Zaqq’s that we ordered for my husband and they are beautiful but the toes are tapered just like traditional dress shoes. It’s so disappointing! Also, i ordered the size they suggested based on his measurements and they’re at least one, if not two, sizes too small. It’s so disappointing. Now I have to figure out how to send them back.

    1. I saw someone shared in the FB group that the men’s dress shoes were very tapered! I’m hoping to figure out which styles are that way. Such a disappointment. Thanks for sharing, and good luck getting them returned (hopefully you used Paypal to cover your return shipping! If not, it’s a great way to cover your ass with international shipping costs).

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