Men's Barefoot Office Shoes

Taking Barefoot Shoes Into The Office
Welcome to the flat sole shoes survey!  We are considering getting together with shoe manufacturers around the world to bring a barefoot men's work shoe to market.  This survey will help us determine what kind of shoes would best meet the needs of our future customers.

We are concentrating only on men's office shoes at this time.  There are plenty of almost barefoot style shoes available for casual and sporting wear.  However, most men's shoes that are acceptable to wear inside of an office environment have a raised heel, which encourages landing on your heels.  Why run barefoot or nearly barefoot outside the office, just to get back into the habit of landing on your heels while at work?

For this survey, the styles of shoes listed below are merely a guideline and may not actually represent the final product.  We have chosen some basic, common styles of office shoes as merely a reference.

A flexible flat sole shoe is defined as a shoe without a high heel (otherwise known as a negative rise heel or neutral heel, so that it encourages landing on the ball or midsection of the foot instead of the heel.  The sole would be made of a thin (perhaps 4mm to 7mm) rubber sole, and no shank.  The thickness of the sole would be consistent from heel to toe.

For barefoot runners, or those that run in products such as Vibram FiveFingers(TM) or other minimalist footwear, you know that landing on your heels can cause injury.  Currently there is a trend in minimalist footwear for exercise or casual wear, but very little selection exists for those who must sit in an office from 9-5.

These shoes will not be intended to let you feel every rock under your foot, nor will they be intended to be used during exercise or for industrial environments.  Instead, they are intended to keep your walking style the same as if you were barefoot, but fit into a cubicle environment.



A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record kept of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you unless a specific question in the survey has asked for this. If you have responded to a survey that used an identifying token to allow you to access the survey, you can rest assured that the identifying token is not kept with your responses. It is managed in a separate database, and will only be updated to indicate that you have (or haven't) completed this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses in this survey.
Shoe Styles

Shoe Style Kinds - these are the styles of shoes that our flat sole model will be based on.  These styles may vary slightly from the finished product.


S1 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




S2 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




S3 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




S4 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




S5 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




S6 *On a scale of 1 (highly unlikely) to 5 (extremely likely), what are the chances that you would buy this shoe in a flexible flat sole version?




I1 *What is the most you'd expect to pay for a pair of flexible flat sole shoes?

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I2 *What size shoe (men's US) do you normally wear?

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I3 *What width of shoe do you normally wear?

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I4 This survey is anonymous.  However, if you like, please enter your email to be informed when these shoes are brought to market.  We will not share your information with anyone.  We value your privacy.

I5 Any other comments, hints, suggested other designs?  Feel free to mention brand names and styles for examples.  A link to an example would be great.