Exploring my feet carefully, I noticed how lightweight they are. Then I remark that they were perfect for my professional environment, nobody will ever notice them. I work in an Italian financial institution and Style, with a big S, matters with Italians, trust me. My wife told me, "They are really nice and perfect." I totally agree with her...I mean these shoes are great, I love them and I have already had several compliments about them (from people who don't know anything about barefoot, so true aesthetic compliments). (full review in French on FivePointsClub)
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.