Top 7 Minimalist Casual Shoes for Men & Women

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Minimalist shoes took off in popularity after the introduction of Vibram FiveFinger shoes. Some people don’t like how FiveFinger shoes look. So other companies have started making great minimalist shoes for every day.

While there’s still a lack of good minimalist dress shoes for women, there are plenty of attractive casual shoes for your everyday needs. Men can choose minimalist shoes that look great at work and at play.

All these shoes feature the great benefits of minimalist shoes. For those who swear by barefoot technology, these casual shoes are going to thrill you. Bring your minimalist casual shoes into your everyday experience. Your feet will thank you.

Minimalist Casual Shoes for Men & Women

Chukka Suede

Women's Suede Chukka
Image Credit: Lems Shoes

When fall and winter roll around, one of the first things you do is abandon your cute sneakers for some great boots. Luckily for you, minimalist shoe companies have started branching out into street-ready footwear. Chukka suede from Lemsshoes is a great example.

The injection blown rubber outsole provides a wet and dry surface for superior grip, and makes the shoes flexible and lightweight. Polish it up for work, or keep it casual.

These shoes were created so you can wear them without socks. If you’re worried about nasty foot odor, you can put in the removable 3mm moisture wicking PU lining. This lining will keep your feet fresh and dry all day.

The best thing about these casual work shoes is the construction. The toe box is wide and nice, so your feet can move around the way they need to. The zero-drop sole also corrects your posture and helps ease the pressure on your joints.

If you want shoes that transfer from work to play, check out the Chukka Suede. This boot is also wonderful for your fall and winter wardrobe, and you won’t have to sacrifice foot comfort.

Get the look: Men’s Suede Chukka || Women’s Suede Chukka

Speed Force

Speed Force shoes womens
Image Credit: XeroShoes

Xero Shoes developed the FeelTrue® rubber from their Speed Force shoes while pitching their DIY sandals on Shark Tank. These soles are durable rubber, only about 4.5mm thick.

If you’re not already aware, minimalist shoes do not have any arch support. They’re created with the idea that we’re born without arch support, so we don’t need any.

If you’re worried about arch support or want an extra cushion, the removable insole will help you adjust.

The Speed Force is a great casual shoe for any athleisure fan.

Get the look: Men’s Speed Force || Women’s Speed Force

Opanka Womens

Opanka  Womens
Image Credit: Vivobarefoot

Some casual shoes straddle the line between casual and dressy. You can wear them to a business casual workplace, and still, take them out for drinks with friends. Opanka is that kind of shoe.

The biggest difference between these and their counterparts are their 4mm sole. This gives your feet protection while still allowing you to feel the texture of the ground.

Looking for a cute and casual minimalist shoe? The Opanka is your best friend. These shoes come in great neutral colors, plus the beautiful zinc that’s big in the fall.

Get the look: Opanka Womens

Aptos – The Casual Hemp Canvas Slip-on

These Aptos are slip-on shoes that look like the classic Vans slip-on.

These minimalist shoes are made from hemp canvas on the top, so you won’t have to worry about weather conditions. If you want to wear these shoes to the office, you can pair with a pair of jeans or something a little less casual.

Aptos shoes are already made to have lots of room in the toes.

After work, slip these on for instant relief. You don’t even need socks, because Xeroshoes creates shoes that don’t need socks.

Aptos comes in three colors: black, navy, zinc.

Get the look: Men’s Aptos || Women’s Aptos

Primal 2

Image Credit: Lems Shoes

Are you looking for a casual summer shoe that has style and practicality? Then the Primal 2 minimalist shoe is a good option.

There’s even a moisture-wicking lining so you don’t have to worry about feeling sweaty in the summer-time.

The upper is made of super-soft microfiber & open-weave mesh. All materials are 100% vegan-friendly. They look good, and they’re good for the environment.

Like other minimalist shoes, the Primal 2 has a wide toe box and no arch support. You can wear these with socks or without. If you’re getting used to minimalist shoes, socks can help cushion the blow.

Lemsshoes’s Primal 2 comes in various colors: cloud, olive, brown, eclipse, slate, and black. It is the minimalist alternative to normal casual shoes. You’ll still be stylish, but your feet will feel better at the end of the day.

Get the look: Men’s Primal 2 || Women’s Primal 2

Geo Court II

Image Credit: Vivobarefoot

When Vivobarefoot decided to create a casual sneaker, they went for a classic minimalist design. Thus the Vibobarefoot Geo Court II is a sleek, stylish addition to the casual sneaker wardrobe.

The sole is ultra-thin, so you’ll feel everything while you’re walking with friends. The sole of the shoe is solid so you’ll still have puncture protection. The sole has minimal traction, so save this great shoe for your everyday adventures.

The Vibobarefoot Geo Court II is like the men’s counterpart. It’s top is 100% Wild Hide leather.

So spray them with a weather-proof coating if you live in rainy places. By doing this, you’ll help the shoes last longer and protect against stains.

The leather ensures that you’ll not only look good, but the shoe will hold up to anything you throw at it.

Speaking of throwing, you can fold these sneakers up and throw them in your purse. They weigh about a pound each, so they won’t drag you down during the day.

Like other Vivobarefoot’s minimalist shoes, these shoes don’t have any arch support. You can adjust the midsole support by tightening the laces. It won’t be as supportive as some of their athletic shoes, but it’s still nice to have.

The Vibobarefoot Geo Court II is a sleek addition to your shoe collection. It’s as weather-resistant, but you can change that with weather-proof spray.

Get the look: Men’s Geo Court II || Women’s Geo Court II

Oswego – High-Performance Casual Comfort

Image Credit: Xeroshoes

The first thing to know about the Oswego is that its upper is made of water-resistant knit with a two eyelet lace design. The lacing of these shoes doesn’t give you the same control over your midfoot and heel as hiking shoes. But it does allow for a more snug fit around the ankle.

As for the barefoot construction, Xero Shoes uses their FeelTrue sole to get you closer to the ground. There’s no heel, so everything is Zero-Drop. This will help with your posture and balance. The toe box is wide enough to allow your foot to splay on the ground the way you’re meant to do.

The sole itself is 4.5mm thick, and it has enough tread to keep you on your feet. You can wear these minimalist casual shoes with socks or without, depending on your comfort level.

The rubber sole is a high-quality material that’s puncture-resistant. If you decide to take a stroll or brisk jog, your feet are protected from any debris. It’s also super thin, so you’ll be able to feel any surface you’re on.

You can wear these shoes with jeans, leggings, or whatever you feel like. They look like most neutral shoes but have all the benefits of a minimalist shoe.

Get the look: Men’s Oswego shoes || Women’s Oswego shoes