Minimalist shoe-links

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    I don't run barefoot but I try to always walk in minimalist shoes. Also I like shoes.

    This is a list of minimalist shoe makers, big and small.

    Waldviertler Austrian brand
    https://gea-waldviertler.at/shop/schuhe

    Splay kids shoes
    https://splayshoes.com/collections/explore

    The drifter
    https://www.thedrifterleather.com/products

    Wildling shoes
    https://www.wildling.shoes/collections/rewild

    Astral shoes (foot shaped, maybe not minimalistic)
    https://www.astraldesigns.com/shop/footwear

    Luks shoes
    https://www.lukshoes.com/

    Muki shoes
    https://www.mukishoes.com/

    Davinci footwear
    https://davincifootwear.com/

    Primetrotter
    https://primetrotter.bigcartel.com/products

    Groundies
    https://www.groundies.de/en/?adword...quu9soDN8Vsoah4AQ8XIOALWkIuj1TGIaApRvEALw_wcB

    Feelgrounds
    https://www.feelgrounds.com/product...Uuk-00jU2LOH0EOVhwzFTSwBDe_BMqFYXHbiu2TTi72Zw

    Zaqq shoes
    https://www.zaqq.de/

    Senmotic
    https://www.senmotic-shoes.eu/

    Leguano shoes
    https://leguanoshoes.com/

    Tadeevo
    https://tadeevo.com/

    Bär Joe Nimble
    https://www.baer-shoes.com/men-joe-nimble/

    Gost
    https://gost-barefoots.com/en/

    Luna
    https://lunasandals.com/

    Bedrock
    https://bedrocksandals.com/

    Russel moccassins minimalist range (someday I will buy a pair of Thula Thula)
    https://www.russellmoccasin.com/minimalist-footwear-custom-made/

    Vivobarefoot
    www.vivobarefoot.com

    Merrell barefoot line
    https://www.merrell.com/US/en/barefoot-1/

    Lems
    https://lemsshoes.com/

    Vibram Fivefingers
    https://us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/

    Xero shoes
    https://xeroshoes.com/

    Conker shoes
    https://conkershoes.com/about-conker/barefoot-shoes/

    Gaddate indestructible sock
    https://www.gaddate.com/products/ecos

    Carson footwear
    https://www.carsonfootwear.com/

    I can update this list with more minimalist shoemakers if you post new links in this thread.
     
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    Thanks, Smogz. I have stickied your thread.
     
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    Lots more choices. I’m still contemplating a pair of RA II from VivoBareFoot...it’s not often I need a dress shoe but I’d like to have the option.

    I used their Tracker FG’s this winter and came away pretty impressed...if they offer the more insulated version again I’ll likely order a pair for those really cold days.

    Sigh...and it looks like there’s no steel toe version minimalist work boot on the horizon for Canadians...
     
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    Well, there are two options - cut the heel lower or elevate the front of shoe.. I'm using the latter, I have about 6mm elevation under the ball of foot. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing. I cut it from 4mm thick rubber sheet and pair of vivobarefoot insoles, which I cut so that they are only under the front part of my foot and under the regular insole. Vivo insole is bit longer so that I don't feel the edge of rubber, which can be quite painful.. I have also tried cutting heels lower with previous working shoes, but with last pair I probably cut them too low, and cutting needs to succeed with first try, shoes are pretty much ruined if there's a sideways slant.. Insole elevation is way easier to do and can be moved to new shoes..
     
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    Interesting ideas. The only thing that might be an issue for me is if I ever do have an incident at work one of the things they look at is the condition of PPE- modification of any is prohibited and can cause me no end of problems.

    I’m contemplating getting a size or two larger when it’s boot replacement time and wearing my FiveToes inside then kicking the boots off when I’m running my equipment.

    Also contemplating steelworker boots- I think some of them have a flat sole.

    Thanks for the input flammee...
     
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    The little bit of researching these I did kinda points to ecosocks being a cheap knockoff of a more expensive version made by a company called FYF. Interesting concept but the $80 U.S. price tag is a pretty big deterrent for me at this point.
     
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    Let me guess ... FYF stands for f* your finances. $80 socks? I think twice about $80 shoes. Of course, I don't like shoes. But then, I don't like socks either. Unless I'm wearing shoes. In which case, I like socks. I wish you'd stop that, I'm getting all confused.
     
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