I'm really into barefootedness!
I have a pair of vibrams for running and walking - love them! It's like being barefoot but not worrying about forking up the bottoms of your feet on rocks or hot pavement. Water goes right through them, so they're not so good for grocery shopping in the rain or schlepping through snow banks or what have you.
they're extremely "casual" - so for work I have a pair of vivobarefoot shoes - they look like regular shoes but have a ultra thin sole.
many of their shoes are leather, but they do have vegan stuff too: http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/collections/ranges/vegan
Thanks your insight helped me sorta kinda maybe ^_^
Walking the streets of LA hot pavement, will make for bad day for me if I'd walk straight out the box bare, and the occasional shoe bandit might not target me :P
Looking at alternative website like eBay have brought the absurd $70 price tag down to 40 bucks specifically the Spyridon LS