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« on: April 12, 2012, 01:56:49 AM »

Hi all. I need a budget priced minimalist shoe to wear to work. I work at Lowes and spend 8-12 hours a day walking quickly over hard concrete/cement floors. The shoes need to appear as normal as possible and must look good with khaki shorts as well as jeans. I prefer a classic looking canvas type shoe over something flashy that looks like your average running shoe. They also must be very light.

I tried wearing Chuck Taylors and get some degree of foot pain as well as pretty nasty callouses on the balls of my feet. The callous on my right foot (ball of foot) quickly becomes painful if I don't shave/file it down regularly. I don't know why I get the callouses, but I attribute the foot pain the the fact that these shoes really aren't all that flexible.

I also tried wearing some cheap Kung Fu slippers. Though on the ugly side, these worked out O.K. The problem I had with these is the tread work off very quickly and they became dangerously slippery.

What can you recommend for me?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 02:35:53 AM »

What is your budget? 

Vivobarefoot has some okay shoes.  They can be found cheap on flash sale sites like LeftLane Sports.

Otz has some pretty good shoes as well. 

It depends on what your budget is really.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 10:29:37 AM »

A former coworker of mine wore Sanuks whenever he was not wearing his KSOs.  They are not terribly expensive.  Most pair of canvas style can be picked up for around $60.  I doubt they "qualify" as a minimalist shoe, but they are worth looking into.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 11:20:45 AM »

Honestly my budget is the cheaper the better. If I could find something like the Vivo Dylans for like 60 bucks or so that would be great. I just wish minimalist shoes came with an equally minimal price tag.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 06:59:36 PM »

I just wish minimalist shoes came with an equally minimal price tag.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 11:18:54 AM »

My advice would be to watch places like Amazon like a hawk for price reductions - I've bought three out of my four pairs of Vivobarefoots for half the retail price (and they are genuine) Also Ebay is a possibility - try the shoes on for size in a nearby store first to get a good fit - if you're going for Vibrams then read up on how to spot fakes. Buying them used or second-hand also helps with the price.
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