Ever since I began wearing barefoot shoes two years ago, I've dreamed of a barefoot dress shoe that I could wear not only on the occasional formal event, but also on a daily basis for my career as a high school teacher. While I still have a year left of college, I am required to attend three semesters of teaching internships (currently on my third) and one semester of student teaching. Thus, I needed to wear my traditionally uncomfortable dress shoes on a daily basis, which unfortunately led me to dread my internship days. With my Pri-Pros, I now start off my teaching days with a smile, the way it's meant to be. You made a future teacher's dream come true. I cannot thank-you enough. "The Primal Professional. The Most Comfortable Dress Shoe on the Planet. Period."
Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
Don’t know the width of your shoes? They’re most likely Medium.
II. Fit & Feel
This image shows roughly how/where your feet should sit inside a pair of Carets, at right.
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.
If the widest part of your feet (i.e. your toes) occupies the widest part of our shoes, then you are wearing the right size.
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.
Expect Carets to feel less like FiveFingers and more like flat-bottomed skate shoes with the insoles removed.