As soon as I put them on, I knew I was going to like them. You know how most dress shoes are pretty uncomfortable until you break them in? Not the case with these—they felt great right from the start. It was honestly a little disorienting, because I don’t associate dress shoes with comfort at all, and these Carets were really easy to wear. (full review on ChrisKresser.com)
— Chris Kresser, L.Ac, Bestselling Author & more, Berkeley CA
It is so nice to finally have a pair of minimal dress shoes that actually look like dress shoes. They are so comfortable it will be hard to follow the company's advice to avoid exercising in them, but I'll do my best. If you like minimal footwear, but have to wear dress shoes, there is nothing else like these on the market. I give Carets my highest recommendation.
— Matthew Dubin, 47, Attorney and owner DubinLawOffice.com, Seattle WA
Carets is the only company I know of that makes good looking minimalist dress shoes.
— Mark Sisson, 62, Best-Selling Author & more MarksDailyApple.com, Malibu CA
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On one hand, I think the Ra is the most foot-friendly shoe I have EVER worn, even considering athletic and casual styles!
On the other hand, if I wanted to make a favorable impression, I would not wear these out.
At left is a typical dress shoe, same size and same Wide width. You can see that it is still 1 or 2 cm longer than ours. Most sleeker dress shoes have a fair amount of unoccupied space in the front. We took advantage of that and used it to give you a wide toebox without looking like it. Dress shoes get even longer if we start looking at chisel-toe and pointy-toe styles. But even though these conventional dress shoes are longer, you still feel cramped because of the heel lift and the fact that their shoes are widest at the ball of the foot. Ours are widest at the toes, as a foot naturally is.
Regarding groundfeel, Chronology's outsole is 4mm thick, with another 4mm of leather and cork between that and your feet. The polyurethane we use for the outsole was selected for durability, which is more important than groundfeel in a shoe like this. The 2-part (polyurethane + leather/cork) design allows for the shoes to be resoled like good dress shoes and unlike most minimalist shoes.