With the overwhelming success of Sanuk, TOMS and even Vibram Five Fingers, many outdoor companies are beginning to offer super minimalist shoes for everyday use. Providing a bit more coverage than your basic flip flop, these casual shoes are great to wear around camp, town, traveling or even running for some people.
Here is a list of some of my favorite minimalist casual shoes that I saw at Outdoor Retailer or ISPO this winter.
The men's and women's Patagonia Advocate is a simple slip-on with 100% synthetic leather upper and recycled (20%) dual-density EVA anatomical footbed and insole for support. The dense armadillo outsole provides the traction and durability you need for everyday use. MRSP $55
With the new Mush Frio line, Teva has basically created a closed toe version of their popular Mush Sandal collection. Look for the men's and women's Mush Frio ultralight shoes next Fall 2011.
For Fall 2011, KEEN will update their canvas Santiago with a corduroy upper. The Santiago will come in slip-on, mary jane and lace-up models. For each pair of shoes sold, $5 will go to micro-financing organization Kiva.org.
Lightweight, durable and eco-friendly, Kigo footwear can be worn for everything from running to paddle sports. The flexible rubber outsole folds up for easy storage. MRSP $69.99
The SOLE Exhale is a great post activity shoe for around camp or around the house. The Exhale features SOLE's wear moldable footbed and a water resistant upper filled with recycled polyester insulation. MRSP $75
Newcomer Stem Footwear makes minimalist shoes that offer ample room for your foot to naturally expand when walking. The super flexible outsole uses air injection rubber that replicates the elasticity of human skin. Look for Stem Footwear starting Fall 2011.