Minimalist @ Work

Well, I finally got a pair of Dash RunAmoc's to wear at work. The heels in my dress shoes were just getting too much to bear as I've completed my transition. So far I absolutely love them, very comfortable and I do believe I can get away with them wearing slacks and dress shirts. Just couldn't see wearing my VFF's in this environment other than casual Friday's.

I did think I would fly under the radar wearing these unconventional shoes, but to quote Shawshank Redemption "I'm mean really, how often do you look at a man's shoes?". Well I can tell you apparently around here quite often!  ;D

My shoes were noticed immediately and by many different people. Good news is most have been positive with the most common comment is that they look really comfortable.

Next up is finding something I can wear with my Kaki's, really interested in all the recent talk I've seen about Stems, they may the next up in the shopping cart :-)

Comments

  • Those Dash RunAmoc's look pretty snazzy, I've been hearing a lot lately that I need some dress shoes but they are always terribly uncomfy in my experiences even before starting to go minimalist. What type of place do you work? Do you think they make a plausible option for a dressy shoe?
  • Not from the same company but if you were looking for a more dressy option check out the Vivobarefoot Ra.

    They are a little more expensive, but from what I've heard they make a great product. If you nee a dressy shoe, these should work for you. They do look nice.
  • on 1319325103:

    Not from the same company but if you were looking for a more dressy option check out the Vivobarefoot Ra.

    They are a little more expensive, but from what I've heard they make a great product. If you nee a dressy shoe, these should work for you. They do look nice.


    Have the Ra's ever been on sale? I looked online and they've always been $140 (a least for black) or out of stock.

    A less dressy option is Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove.
  • on 1319253917:

    Those Dash RunAmoc's look pretty snazzy, I've been hearing a lot lately that I need some dress shoes but they are always terribly uncomfy in my experiences even before starting to go minimalist. What type of place do you work? Do you think they make a plausible option for a dressy shoe?


    I work at an aircraft modification hangar, but I do work upstairs in the offices with Program Mangers, Contract and the like. I do believe they make a plausible dress shoe and I have had more support than teasing :-) However, my direct supervisor is at another location and only one person here out ranks me so not sure if that is helping or not. Nobody has worked here longer than me and I am usually one of the better dressed (not trying to judge and besides my daughter is my fashion consultant, I obviously am not allowed to buy clothes anymore since I'm sooooo out of touch :-)  ).
  • on 1319218408:

    Next up is finding something I can wear with my Kaki's, really interested in all the recent talk I've seen about Stems, they may the next up in the shopping cart :-)


    I have a pair of Grey Stems that I wear with jeans and was fortunate enough to be their facebook fan winner, so for my second pair I go them in brown.  The dark brown is killer looking with khakis, which is what I got them for. 
  • @ Mr. Leigh, you must be correct because my fashion consultant (read -> my daughter) agreed to allow me to buy them. Appreciate the input!
  • Has anyone out there purchased both the Vivobarefoot Ra and the RunAmoc Dash for work, and if so, which do you prefer?  Are either one or the other better for certain times of the year and/or climates?  I live in New England and I am very interested in getting one or other (or both).  I have the Stem Primal Origins and love them, but sometimes they are not dressy enough.   Also, as it gets colder, the Stems are a bit too "breezy"!
  • Now through Nov. 1st, you can get 30% off on Vivobarefoot using the code VBHALLOWEEN30

    Note:  sign up for an account first (free), then shop and use the code.

    The only drawback is that they charge $16 shipping in the U.S.
  • Unfortunately the 30% off code (mentioned by PB Junkie) does not work for the Vivobarefoot Ra (maybe because they are new?).  Bummer!!
  • I checked their site and it looks like the Ra is out of stock.  Sorry.  :-[
  • Just before the end of the sale I decided to take the  plunge and get a pair of Oaks for 30% off.  I think that they'll be fine for my work, and the 30% off sealed the deal!
  • When I go out in the refinery, it's required to have pronounced heels.  Minimalist shoes would get me sent home.
    When inside, I let people pick on my EVOs or VFFs.  Works for me, not for them (suckers).
  • Anybody ever tried any of the Patagonia line of shoes?  I have the "Cedar" (now discontinued: http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-footwear-cedar-shoe-mens)) but as far as I can tell the "Loulu" is it's ancestor: http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/footwear-mens-loulu-wool-walking-shoe?p=79513-0-395

    Anyhow I've been wearing the Cedar for several years now to work, the go well with just about any kind of attire.  The key is the very simple construction of these shoes, they are basically moccasins with an easily removable insole.  With the insole in place they are a bit stiffer and have arch support and have some fair amount of heel-to-toe drop.  *HOWEVER* with the insole removed there is nothing between the bottom of your feet and the ground but the very thin outsole of the shoe!!!  Awesome!  Hey it's worth trying out!  Patagonia makes some awesome products; my wife and I have never been disappointed.

    All the best!

    Rob
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