"Have You Thought About Shoes for Women?"


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.

Here are some that aren’t advertised as minimalist, but look to be: Tieks, Geox Charlene1.

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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  • Hey Carets, could this happen someday? It’s simple – please make your zero-drop oxfords or loafers in smaller sizes as well! Women can and will buy and style them appropriately, they are absolutely gorgeous. Personally I want something I can wear to work that is comfortable and won’t make me look like my own secretary (cough cough, ballet slippers).

  • Hey!
    Thanks for taking this into consideration and working on coming up with a pair of dress shoes for women as well.

    You’re right there is lots of ballerina style flats on the market.
    What I find lacking is classic oxfords, much in the look and material of classic mens dress shoes. To be work with a business suit or dress pants and a blazer.


    Kira Suendermann
  • Honestly, I hadn’t heard about the wildflower series until seeing it mentioned here. I checked it out and what they had to say about wearing heels vs wearing healthy shoes was just amazing and an example of what I consider true Feminism!! I think the fact that it seems more difficult to come up with something that a woman could wear without a heel that looks remotely professional is kinda sad. I used to wear heels, but since realizing the damage that even regular shoes were having on my feet and starting the beginnings of bunions, I did my research until I finally found shoes that are much better for my feet. The only shoes that I ever wear are my Primal 2s and Boulder Boots from Lems. I was also given a pair of Birkenstock sandals this summer and have appreciated those for the wide toe-box. As far as what I could wear with a fancy dress, I am totally at a loss! Especially for winter options! I’m gonna be honest, styles change. And I think maybe creativity just needs to happen with this one. I’m willing to wear something different and start a new trend! We tend to perceive fancy shoes for women as more angular and “dainty”. And we perceive dainty as a thin, tall heel. I think we all just need to change that and come up with something new!

    As far as ballet slippers go, I hate them, and I’ve always avoided them. I DO like the idea of cute, flexible, fancy sandals. Honestly, I could use a pair for a wedding that I have coming up this January. It will be in a warm location so sandals should be okay if I have to wear them. But even finding those wide enough is ridiculously hard! I just want a cute pair of SHOES that I can wear with different dresses. As it is, I just wear my Primals 2s with absolutely everything. And in the winter, my boulder boots with absolutely everything!

  • I’m an active duty officer and would love an option that fits our regs.

  • Sandals are not appropriate office wear.

    Most ballet flats look far too casual for office environments.

    As is clearly stated in your analysis of men’s shoes, the look of a heel is essential to fit with current style expectations. And I think that’s especially true for women as our shoe wardrobe is often more varied.

    A feminine oxford or loafer with the faux heel like your men’s shoe would be very nice as an option.


    And it would be lovely to have a boot!


    Now I’m dreaming of riding boots!




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