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!
Groundies Palermo – Looks very classy! They also have a chukka style that is dressy.
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.
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.
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.
Zkama Shoes – There are some simple derby styles you can get from this handmade shoe shop.
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!