I get this question often enough that I wrote this comprehensive email reply. I figured it would be good to publish it here for anyone else wondering.
Thanks for reaching out! We have a boot that would be unisex in the works. You can see some photos and a bit about them in our newsletter here. Because the boot is a unisex style, we're going to open up more sizes next year, all the way down to US Women's 5. My mom can finally have stylish, comfortable, and healthy footwear!
What do you think? Would this be something you'd be interested in? The price will be in line with the dress shoes, but offer the same value and more: timeless style, timeless comfort, versatility, durability, resoleability, plus winter-ready.
With regards to a more formal style, we'd love to make one but we just honestly don't know what to do. Dressy flats have been around, and some of the other minimalist shoe companies (Merrell, Vivo) have their own iterations, albeit not as dressy. Unshoes had a Kickstarter for their Wildflower Series. If you ask me, these are the cutest I've seen! But it seems like they’re fixing some kinks for it still. My personal faves for something more conservative are the Soft Star Ballerine and the Ahinsa Ananda Ballerina.
I'd like to ask, What do you find lacking about these options as they currently exist? And what styles do you like? Feel free to link me to specific examples!
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I think this job would be ideal for a Stay-at-Home Parent with a spare bedroom who wants a part-time job that they can do from home and at their own pace. Or, a shoe repair shop with extra storage space.
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, Carets' 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.