Outstanding. First pair I ordered ended up being too big. Process to order another pair and return first pair was easy and simple.
The shoes fit like gloves literally.
Excellent. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience.
I own the predecessor from 2015 (v3?) and they were my first Carets. I immediately fell in love with them. They are basically indistinguishable from "real" dress shoes and still deliver on the barefoot shoes feeling. The leather is great, the outsole is great, and they have served me well these past 3 years and are still in a great condition despite being used every other day or two. That I got another pair more recently (a cap-toe v4) should speak to my satisfaction. Recommended!
I have been following this adventure from Mountain for a few years now and finally was able to take the plunge a the other month, and I couldn't be happier! As a barefoot / minimalist shoe devotee, I have worn and tried many different brands and types over the years, and while I have found multiple casual and active minimalist footwear that is fantastic (especially Lem's) - this is the first and only pair of real minimalist dress shoes that are the real deal and have everything: 1. Look incredible. 2. Feel even better. 3. Have incredible quality. I am back on the site to buy another pair in a different color and style - they are that amazing. I have found my "forever" dress shoe. Another point that must come into play, since these shoes are very much a labor of love - the service was outstanding. I had one of those sudden life events popup and needed a pair of dress shoes ASAP. I knew I wanted a pair of Zetones and really didn't want to have to bite the bullet on a subpar stand-in due to my own timeframe of needing them and luckily with the help of the amazing team at Carets they really made it happen. (Thanks again for that!) And the very last bit here, if you don't already follow the blog/updates here - there is and has been a wealth of product and company development posts over the years and even if you aren't interested in starting a shoe company - it has been well worth the follow. Keep up the great work and if anyone is on the fence - do your feet, spine and wardrobe a favor and get a pair (or two)!
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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.