Comment from: Craig [Visitor]
Craig

Looks great! I love that they look like regular business casual shoes! Sometimes you just need to have that business casual look! I am looking forward to these being available! Any idea on price point?

07/27/12 @ 11:25
Comment from: Lydia [Visitor]
Lydia

So......women get left out of Tune's lineup? Hmmmm......I suppose this is typical, but with a start up I would think Tune should branch out before launch. This all looks interesting but not for half of the population.

07/27/12 @ 12:39
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Lydia,

No doubt it's disappointing to see women are left out, but I think you have to consider that this is a start-up business -- not a well-funded shoe release. I'm actually blown Tune is able to roll out four (albeit similar in concept) shoes in their first run. Given that Mike was first and foremost trying to solve a problem he personally had, it only goes to follow he's start with a men's shoe, right?

Oddly enough, I know of a handful of minimalist shoe upstart companies and not a single one was founded by a woman (yet). I've no idea why this is the case but I do know that this should be a huge sign that someone could come along and really get a head start on creating foot friendly shoes for women. Hmm ...

07/27/12 @ 13:18
Comment from: Cameron [Visitor]
Cameron

@Lydia: In my workplace I've noticed women generally have a much greater variety of footware to begin with than guys. Where I work we (theoretically) have a 'business professional' requirement for attire; many women wear sandals of various kinds that get a passing grade.
For men- our options are pretty much limited to oxfords or leather loafers.. all of which current have raised heels of course, and are as inflexible as anything.
Please don't begrudge us this meager expansion of footwear!
Women have many excellent options that are close to minimalist wear already, and I'm thankful someone has noticed the market for the dudes.

07/27/12 @ 16:04
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

Great concept. Would it sound ungrateful if I said these look a little *too* traditional? As in, more my father's style than mine. Still, a great first run. I hope to see some more modern styles soon.

07/27/12 @ 17:04
Comment from: Steve Westing [Visitor]
Steve Westing

I linked to the website but all tabs were passcode protected so I couldn't look at anything beyond the front page which is really just a splash. Did the founder provide a code to allow for viewing his site?

07/27/12 @ 19:01
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]
A C C

The website does not seem to be public yet. It only has a splash page for public use.

07/27/12 @ 22:54
Comment from: Maurice [Visitor]
Maurice

I like them. I'm hoping that some company will put a non-slip sole on minimalist footwear. I work in an environment where that is needed as well as the conventional look.

07/28/12 @ 07:23
Comment from: Emmanuel Santiago [Visitor]  
Emmanuel Santiago

I want and need this shoes. Ornament Loafer in Black and Penny Loafer in Brown.

07/29/12 @ 20:56
Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]
Vitor

Well, I play bass and they use the bass clef as a symbol, so I'm a fan.

07/30/12 @ 02:01
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

These look pretty decent. I like the boat shoes quite a bit actually. Hopefully the toe box is plenty wide in these. It is hard to tell from the pictures.

07/30/12 @ 10:16
Comment from: JamieWho [Visitor]
JamieWho

+1 to Cameron.

Wearing sandals to work is just not acceptable for men, and women get by with sandals even if it is below freezing outside. Luckily, I don't have strict shoe requirements at my work. I usually have my SoftStar Roos on most days. If I have to wear something dressier, then I only wear them for a couple hours at most.

Justin, I didn't see the most important question. What's the price going to be?

07/30/12 @ 10:21
Comment from: admin [Member]  

I think it might be under $150--maybe closer to $100 (than to $150)

07/30/12 @ 10:24
Comment from: Antony [Visitor]
Antony

what I am looking for: http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca-eng/men/shoes/dress-lace-ups/85544196-washabaugh/95 + Vibram sole, minus the heel and increase the toe box for a reasonable price (not like $300 for the Primals, cuz that is just impractical for the average Joe, and totally not supportive of the barefoot revolution by making it seem "exclusive")

07/30/12 @ 19:30
Comment from: Jay [Visitor]
Jay

Count me in if they make them in BLACK and under $100

07/31/12 @ 12:14
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
Michael

I think $150 plus free shipping is a reasonable price point. It would say that women many more options than men when it comes to footwear in the workplace, so it's nice to see a company work to meet a specific need. I love have the represent the bass clef....that reminds you march with a healthy natural stride (beat) and helps you step in tune!!!

07/31/12 @ 12:37
Comment from: Rebecca [Visitor]
Rebecca

i would LOVE a pair of barefoot feel penny loafers - but as a woman i seem to get left out of the barefoot dress shoe revolution. yes, we have more "options" - more painful, restrictive, bunion irritating, blister causing, hobbling options. i wore my five fingers to work with a LOT of criticism. i am looking forward to a woman's shoe!

08/05/12 @ 13:29
Comment from: Post-neolithic Neolith [Visitor]
Post-neolithic Neolith

Women already have "ballet flats". Even ones that are made to roll up and fit in a purse (Footzyrolls and, I think, I've seen another brand in the footcare section at Walgreens). Men have nothing. Minimalist dress shoes for men should be even a bigger market than minimalist athletic shoes for men, since no one cares what you wear on your own time.

Men's dress shoes are inherently generic looking anyway so, all a female has to do is find these in an appropriate size.

About these "Tune" shoes:
It's a nice attempt at a sorely underserved market, however, the toebox looks "wide" in the same sense as those by Vivo: not very. Here's a sole view of the Tunes:
http://www.tunefootwear.com/uploads/6/9/5/5/6955894/8771343_orig.jpg

I'd like to see companies focusing more on 'oblique' for the toebox, rather than just "width". Vivo makes the forefoot wide but then still crunches the toes together by making the toebox symmetrical. Obliqueness is what's needed to allow the big toe to be straight and not have the overall foot swimming in the shoe.

I think I might wait for the Leming dress oxford. Leming's current shoes have extra width where it's desperately needed (at the big toe) so, I'd gather their upcoming shoes to be similar in that way.

08/21/12 @ 21:10
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Joe

The shoes are out now, just got mine in the mail and i have to say they are great. I've been running barefoot and with vibrams for about 3 years now, and since i work on a farm I'm either in vibrams or barefoot nearly 100% of the time. However, when ever i go out on weekends or to a casual event i have to cram my toes into my loafers. Now that i got these i can look good and still feel great. At first glance i thought this was too good to be true and felt the pictures made them look not wide enough, but they are perfect width, and they fit and feel like ninja shoes, I've never felt so agile in a pair of loafers. Props to tune for filling a much needed market and doing it right.

12/07/12 @ 22:55
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
Paul

These are very nice looking, comfortable shoes. However, just be warned that the lining is plastic and the soles are pretty thick. I really liked the fit of these shoes but my feet quickly started sweating, with and without socks, just sitting at my home office. I'm not sure how the soles do outside because I wasn't keen on the lining. I'm waiting for the alternative linings and then will repurchase.

03/01/13 @ 10:01
Comment from: DB [Visitor]
DB

Beware: Tune promises easy returns but it is anything but.

In fact, it's been seven months since I've sent mine back for a different size, and I have yet to be reimbursed for the size that didn't fit.

Tune is aware, and has promised to remedy it, but has failed repeatedly.

In fact, lately, they just ignore my emails.

02/15/14 @ 11:30
Comment from: DB [Visitor]
DB

Edit from above post:

Apparently, there was a snafu where my emails where accidentally sent to Tune's spam folder.

Not only did they make good on my refund, but they sent me an additional free pair of shoes!

03/28/14 @ 15:20