ZETONE Plain-Toe Oxford, Black, v4

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Men's Minimalist Zero-Drop Dress Shoe


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The Zetone are named in honor of Mountain’s (our founder), grandfather (1915-2012). An airman for four decades, he lived a life with the highest values of service: heroism, honor, helping others. What I remember him for most, though, was his cool. Stay cool, Grandpa, and thank you for teaching us the same.

Designed to meet U.S. Department of Defense uniform regulations, the Zetone Plain-Toe Oxford has become favored among gentlemen who prefer a more minimalist detailing.

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Jesse H.
United States

Great purchasing experience. Love the shoes.

Outstanding. First pair I ordered ended up being too big. Process to order another pair and return first pair was easy and simple.

Vladimir B.
United States

Very comfortable

The shoes fit like gloves literally.

Tim F.
United States

Great product. Great customer service.

Excellent. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Babak F.

Classic Style, Natural Fit

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!

Chris Adams
Seattle, WA

In love! My "forever" dress shoe at last!

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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Sizing, Fit, & Feel

I. Sizing

  1. Let's start by asking: What shoe size (US Men's) normally fits you best? To convert from other sizing standards, see this chart.
  2. Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
  3. Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
  4. Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
  5. 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.

In the end, what matters most is that you are happy with your shoes! We will gladly take them back (365-day free returns and exchanges, click for details) and I am honored that you gave us a shot.