The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Men

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Barefoot Dress Shoes for Men That Won't Give You Bunions - a collage of 8 different dressy men's barefoot shoes

Classy Men’s Barefoot Dress Shoes do Exist! So you’ve discovered the freedom of barefoot shoes. But now all your dress shoes are uncomfortable! What’s a barefoot enthusiast to do? Fortunately there are a large number of men’s barefoot dress shoes available all around the world. Here you’ll find a list of over 30 options, in different styles and widths.

Why Barefoot Dress Shoes?

It makes a lot of sense to wear barefoot shoes while exercising – they promote natural movement and make good alignment possible. But what about barefoot dress shoes? If you need to wear dress shoes often, your “traditional” heeled pointy ones are definitely affecting your body – and not in a good way. It doesn’t need to be so! Ditch the heels and the tapered toe boxes for barefoot dress shoes that look professional, but don’t cause damage.

Articulated image of conventional dress shoes with a heel next to a barefoot zero drop dress shoe
Did you realize your dress shoes had heels?

Interested in barefoot shoes? Check out my other minimalist shoe reviews for tons of options in all different styles. Natural footwear is for more than just the gym – you can strengthen your feet and body by ditching ill-fitting shoes and wearing barefoot shoes instead. And psst! Here is the women’s barefoot dress shoes list.

Now let’s dig into the best men’s barefoot dress shoes!

The Best Men’s Barefoot Dress Shoes

This list of barefoot dress shoes is meant to include professional work shoes and fancier black tie event shoes. The location of each brand and size range offered is included to help you hone in on the one that’s right for you! And if you need a little guidance, this article will teach you how to measure your feet and determine your foot type.

Ahinsa mens barefoot dress shoe

Ahinsa (EU) – Sizes EU 36-48. Vegan! Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off. Ahinsa shoes have a nice wide toe box, but run slightly short so consider sizing up. They also have an extra wide option.

Angles Fashion mens barefoot dress shoe

Angles Fashion (EU) – Sizes 37-46. I have a pair of Angles Fashion boots that I absolutely love. Great quality, classy design, and very comfortable. They look stylish, but still meet barefoot dress shoe requirements. Use code ANYA for 5% off

Be Lenka Icon mens barefoot dress shoe

Be Lenka (EU) – Sizes EU 36-47. Be Lenka shoes are unisex and they have a few styles that are cut like a traditional dress shoe, like the Icon. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off from Be Lenka (returns are only accepted from within the EU and USA). You can find select Be Lenka styles at Anya’s Shop!

Birchbury mens minimalist dress shoe

Birchbury (US) – Sizes EU 39-49. Remove the insole to make them zero drop (the outsole has a faux heel). Read my Instagram review here

A close up angled view of the best dressy barefoot shoes for men. Caret's brand.

Carets (US) – Sizes US 7-14. Beautiful shoes, very dressy. Don’t be fooled by the faux heel and what looks like a pointy toe, these are artfully designed to look like a classic dress shoe while still being barefoot approved. Check out my Carets review here for all the details.

Conker Shoes zero drop dress shoes made in the UK

Conker Shoes (UK) – Sizes UK 1-13. Available in narrow, regular, and wide widths.

The Drifter Leather custom barefoot dress shoes

The Drifter Leather (EU) – Custom and standard sizes up to EU 49. Lots of great men’s styles! They only open for orders about every 6 weeks and there will be an extensive wait time. Read my ordering guide for more info.

close up view of a pair of feet standing on pavement from the side wearing black leather barefoot oxfords by FeelBarefoot Aintap shoes

FeelBarefoot (Turkey) – EU Sizes 34-50. This Etsy shop makes affordable handmade leather shoes in a ton of colors. Read the review here

Use code ANYASREVIEWS35 for 35% off

Freet Citee barefoot dress shoes for kids in black

Freet Citee (UK) – Sizes EU 37-49. Vegan. Get 15% off with my code AR-10. These run a little small, Justin needed to size up one for a good fit. But they have a wide toe box, and are one of the only vegan barefoot dress shoe options.

Gaucho Ninja barefoot lace up dress shoes

Gaucho Ninja Leather (UK) – Sizes 36-45. This small business custom makes men’s barefoot boots, and some of the styles are very classy and dressy. You can see my review of Gaucho Ninja’s standard and bespoke options here. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off!

Gea Soles handmade leather dress shoes

Gea Soles (EU) – Custom sizes for feet 21.8cm to 29.7cm. You can customize them in any color you like and several different sole thickness options. Read my Gea Soles review here.

Green Shoes handmade dress shoes

Green Shoes (UK) – Sizes UK 5-12 in four widths. These are handmade and super high quality barefoot dress shoes!

A side view of a man wearing dress pants and black groundies Milano barefoot dress shoes desert boots in wide Barefoot+

Groundies (EU) – Sizes EU 40-48. One of my personal favorite barefoot shoe brands because of how stylish they are! Read my Groundies reviews here.

Select Groundies styles available at Anya’s Shop!

Jenon Leather barefoot dress shoes

Jenon Leather (EU & USA only) – Sizes 36-48 and custom sizes available.

Read my Jenon Leather Review here

Joe Nimble dress shoes in black leather

Joe Nimble International (EU) – Sizes EU 39-49.5. Use my code AFFANY10 for 10% off.

Lems barefoot dress shoes

Lems (US) – Sizes US 3.5-15. Lems has a few barefoot dress shoe options: the Chukka, the Nine2Five, and the Boulder. European residents can purchase Lems at Mugavik Barefoot and use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off

Luks Shoes lace up leather dress shoes

Luks Shoes (EU) – Sizes EU 42-46. Wonderful brand with super thin soles and a very wide toe box.

Magical Shoes mens barefoot lace up loafers in soft leather with zero drop sole and comfortable toe box

Magical Shoes (EU) – Sizes EU 37-47. I have several pairs of Magical Shoes and they are extremely flexible and comfortable. I do size up one in them, because they run a little short. Use code ANYA for 10% off.

No(N)s handmade barefoot leather dress shoes

No(N)s (EU) – Sizes EU 37-44. These are all handmade to order.

Oaka Studio knit mens dress shoe zero drop sole with faux heel

Oaka Studio (US) – Sizes US Mens 8-13. These have a stretchy knit upper material paired with a really flexible outsole and a faux heel. They are slightly wider than traditional dress shoes, but on the narrower side compared to other barefoot brands.

Peerko Smart leather dress shoes

Peerko (EU) – Sizes EU 37-43. I have not tried their Smart line yet, but their sneakers and boots are very well made and classy! They are one of my favorites for barefoot shoes that look mainstream. Use code ANYASREVIEWS10 for 10% off

Prime Trotter custom handmade dress shoes

Prime Trotter (EU) – Sizes EU 39-50. These are some really nice handmade barefoot dress shoes, customized to your measurements. Zero drop and on a Vibram outsole.

Ruth Emily davey handmade dress shoes

Ruth Emily Davey (UK) – Custom and standard sizes UK 2-12. Beautifully made, but $$$.

Senmotic business dress shoes

Senmotic (EU) – Sizes EU 36-4. Their business line looks very professional and classy. Some customization options are available, i.e. different sizes and widths for L/R.

Close up photo of Shamma Wilder Boot unisex dress ankle boot in brown leather with wide toe box

Shamma (US) – Sizes US Mens 5-14.5. The Wilder Boot from Shamma comes in black and brown leather with 3 different sole options to fit your needs.

Use code ANYASREVIEWS2023 for 10% off

Softstar Hawthorne zero drop dress shoes

Softstar Shoes (US) – Sizes 5U-15U. Softstar has one dressy men’s barefoot shoe – the Hawthorne – which has a slightly tapered toe box but molds to your feet with wear. They also have the Primal Sawyer, and extremely wide shoe, which can pass as a dressy shoe. Read all my Softstar reviews here!

Sole Runner barefoot dress shoes

Sole Runner (EU) – Sizes EU 36-49. Quite a few nice looking men’s dress shoes! They are good quality as well.

Tadeevo mens barefoot dress shoes

Tadeevo (EU) – Sizes EU 35-47. Leather or Vegan. This brand has several dressy barefoot shoe options, and they are very flexible and wide. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off

Vivobarefoot dress shoes

Vivobarefoot – Sizes US 7-15. The Gobi, Ra, and Scott boot are all very professional looking barefoot dress shoes. Use code VBANYA20 for 10% off, and you can read my in-depth Vivobarefoot reviews here.

A close up of a pair of men's feet wearing Xero Shoes Glen dress shoes black leather with white soles on a geometric tiles floor. His legs are crossed and gray socks are showing under his jeans. You can see the foot shaped toe box and flat outsole

Xero Shoes (US) – Sizes US 6.5-15. The Glenn is one of Justin’s favorites. They come as pictured with a white outsole or all black for a dressier look.

Shop Xero Shoes EU here

Zaqq barefoot dress shoes

Zaqq (EU) – Sizes UK 4-15. Zaqq has an astounding number of men’s barefoot dress shoe options and they all look amazing! They are zero drop, with a faux heel, but the toe box is more tapered in the dress shoes than in their sneakers and boots.

Zeazoo barefoot dress shoes

Zeazoo (EU) – Sizes 35-47. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. These barefoot dress shoes are handmade, and very soft and unstructured. They looks a little less formal than some of the other options listed here.

Zkama Shoes barefoot zero drop dress shoes

Zkama Shoes (EU) – Sizes 30-45. There are some simple barefoot derby styles you can get from this handmade shoe shop.

ZlaTush barefoot dress shoes for men

ZlaTush Shoes (EU) – Sizes 36-45. Zlatica hand makes a couple men’s barefoot dress shoe styles and she is very talented. I ordered women’s shoes, but you can read about the ordering process here.

And there you have it! Enough barefoot dress shoe options to keep anyone occupied for quite some time. 😀 If you can wear zero drop shoes 100% of the time, your back, hips, knees, and feet will thank you. What are your favorite barefoot dress shoes?

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40 thoughts on “The Best Barefoot Dress Shoes for Men”

  1. Hi, love your site. In the header picture at the top of this page, can you list the makers of those shoes? I see two that I would love to get more information on. Thank you!

    1. Hey! In order, left to right, top to bottom: Vivobarefoot Addis, Feelgrounds Lux, Barefoot Pals (color not available anymore) Carets, Freet Citee, Birchbury Bramford, Groundies Palermo (coming back next spring), Vivobarefoot Scott. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for the article! I am in search of a dress shoe and the Carets come *so* close to what I’m after, except for the sole. IMHO having a black rubber sole isn’t a dress shoe. Do you know of any that look like the Carets but which have leather soles, or at least half leather?

      1. Thank you! Unfortunately I need Carets and FeelBarefoot to have a child. Carets for the design and look, and FeelBarefoot for the leather sole. Maybe I need to get the Carets and see about having them resoled, but that seems a bit excessive. I will continue to search.

  3. What about The Last Shoemaker? Any chance you’ll be reviewing their minimal dress shoes in the future to see if they meet your criteria for being added to the list? They’re definitely more expensive, but to me they look the best aesthetically and offer a mirror shine finish for shoes needed for more formal occasions.

    1. I’ve talked with them about their shoes, I’m still not 100% sure how they fit into the minimalist world. I may try them at some point so I can share accurate info about, but not sure when.

  4. Help. My feet are very wide at the top half, no arch, and I log a lot of miles walking at work. I need the light bulb shape flared toe box but I am not concerned about zero drop or flexible sole design. Google these 3 styles: Keen PTC, Born Nigel and NAOT Eiger for examples. Is anyone aware of this shape with any other brands of mens shoes available in size 14? Casual, dress, walking or hiking styles. Thanks

  5. Hey Anya,
    This guide is really helpful, thanks! One issue I am finding is that I live in New Zealand and most of the shops don’t ship to my little country. Any ideas? The birchbury look beautiful and I would love a pair, but no luck getting them to NZ!

  6. Hi Anya! This article is exactly what I was hoping to find. I’m currently on the hunt for some dress shoes and just tried the Groundies Palermo in the new barefoot+ fit. Width wise they are fine but my feet are really flat so I have to tie them up very tight which in turn causes the material to crease quite a bit. Then I read your review of the Palermo and saw how Justin’s pair looked after some time. That’s really not how I want my dress shoes to look like 🙂 Can you recommend a certain brand for flat, wide and fan shaped feet with narrow heels. I was thinking about ahinsa and maybe be lenka.
    Keep up the great work, your blog really is a blessing 🙂

    1. Hi Jan! Actually that review of the Palermo is of an older version (it was written 2 1/2 years ago). The newest ones are not wrinkling like that, thankfully. Justin wore them to a wedding last week and they still look totally smooth! It sounds like you have low volume feet, so one option is to add an insole to fill up some of the space. I also like to use tongue pads in the upper. But to answer the question you actually asked 😀 Yes Ahinsa sounds like it would be a good fit. Be Lenka dress shoes are wide, but they are high volume so you might have the same issue with the creasing (unless you add an insole). Ahinsa seems like the best option for out of the box fit based on your description – most other men’s options that are extra wide are also high volume and roomy through the heel.

  7. I found your list while searching for a new pair of dress shoes for work, and this doesn’t seem to be much of a “best of” but rather “here’s a list of minimalist shoes, some of which I have an affiliate code for”. If it’s a “best of”, where’s the ranking? What are the relative merits of one over another?

    I’ve worn Lems and Vivos and both are “fine” but neither held up terribly well. The weak link for most men’s dress shoes seems to be where the upper meets the sole. Some guidance among the choices would really enhance this guide- and possibly drive a visitor towards a worth affiliate!

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