Yes, it's another thread asking for recommendations for office shoes. However, my needs and requirements are a bit different from the other office shoe threads I've seen.
I work in a casual environment - jeans and t-shirts are the daily wear. However, we're required to wear closed toed shoes. Running shoes (tennis shoes, whatever) are the standard fare. In one of our locations, my VFFs are fine. But in our other location (which I only occasionally visit), the toeshoes will not fly. The people there perceive them as "slippers" (which are specifically forbidden in the employee handbook), and they'd complain if I wore them. The last time I went up there I wore my driving shoes
, of all things. These shoes are ridiculously comfortable. The uppers seem to have little structure at all - both the suede and the nomex is very soft and flexible. The shoes are also a half-size too big - I'm 7.5 in women's, which would be 5.5 in men's, but these don't come smaller than a 6. These two features mean I can move my foot any way I want in the shoe and just have a soft, flexible surface over my feet.
The sole of these shoes is very thin and quite flexible, but it does have a bit of a heel. It's also noisy (it makes significant noise when I walk on hard floors). And the sole remains flat - when I curl my toes downward, the sole remains flat.
So what am I looking for? I'm looking for something very much like those driving shoes, but without the noise and with a more flexible sole. Optimally, the sole would curl with my toes (like my Jaya do). I fear this is asking too much, though, as even my Bikila LS and Komodosport LS soles don't curl with my toes.
So what out there will curl with my toes like the Jaya, but has a single toe pocket instead of individual toes? It shouldn't be mistaken for a slipper or a water shoe, but other than that, appearance isn't significant. I want something that won't make me curse Dallas for being so conservative when it comes to footwear!