When it comes to men’s shoes, you can’t go wrong with classic designs that are both stylish and durable. We’ve rounded up our picks for the best men’s shoes on the market, from dressy oxfords to casual sneakers.
Best Dress Shoes for Men
Dressier styles are best suited for formal occasions or work environments, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. From classic wingtips to trendy suede brogues, these dress shoes will make you look good without breaking the bank.
Best Dress Shoes Under $150
If you’re looking for an affordable pair of dress shoes that won’t fall apart after a few wears, check out our list of top-rated pairs priced under $150.
Best Shoes For Men’s
Shoes play an essential role in every outfit. After all, the right footwear can quickly make or break your look. So, if you want to appear stylish, it’s important to have the right shoes on hand to complete and complement your every ensemble. Luckily, we can point you and your feet in the right direction. From running errands to attending a formal gala, we’ve narrowed down a selection of stylish men’s shoes at every man should have in his wardrobe.
1. Leather Boot
The great thing about a leather boot is with continued wear, the shoe begins to tell a story. A pair of leather lace-up boots is a must-have addition to every man’s winter wardrobe. Opt for an ankle-high, black, or dark brown boot and cuff your pants for a casual, edgier aesthetic. You can also pull your trousers over the top of the boots for a more conservative look. Invest in a quality pair and they will last you years.
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Like so many types of dress shoes, the brogue was conceived as a far more utilitarian shoe than the way we wear them today. The holes and perforations in brogues were originally there to help drain water after crossing bogs and swamps in muddy Ireland. Today, we think of the brogue with a little more respect. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself knee-deep in muck when wearing them. Opt for dark brown brogues for formal occasions and lighter brogues for casual days. Black brogues work best with a suit but don’t get carried away and wear them to a black tie event. When buying brogues remember as a rule of thumb, that the more broguing on the shoe, the less formal it is.
3. Suede Chukka
Chukkas have surged back in popularity over recent years, having first become popular in the ‘40s. The shoe is a minimal, round-toe, ankle-high boot with just two or three lacing eyelets. Traditionally featuring just two panels, the style is not big on embellishments. Reject over-the-top trimmings, a suede pair of chukkas lets the texture of the shoe do its talking. Opt for a pair of tan or cream suede chukkas as the next addition to your wardrobe. These shoes find themselves at a more casual end of the pool, offering an elegant alternative to sneakers. Combine chukkas with a pair of jeans or chinos and a polo shirt for the best look. They also give you a safe option to dress down an outfit that threatened to become too formal with brogues. By combining a pair of chukkas with a sports jacket, you can make your outfit appear more approachable.
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4. White Low Top Trainer
If you are going for a more casual look, you cannot go past a simple pair of white low-top trainers. While we will never condone the high-top ‘sneans’ that were popularised by dads everywhere. White low tops are perfect when styled with black jeans for a monochromatic look. A minimal pair of white trainers is fantastic at portraying a casual yet neat look for when boots or chukkas are too much.
Originally of Scandinavian origin, the loafer has developed into the sartorial styling of preppy culture and is now a streamlined shoe style. Low and lace-free, loafers are a mainstay of smart casual dress and are a favorite shoe style for summer months. A pair of brown loafers will suit a range of palettes and will work for both casual and formal looks. Navy is also a good color to compliment tones like whites, beige, and greens. If you are after a pair of loafers to suit neutrals, beige will work well and complements tanned skin.
The Oxford is characterized by its closed lacing unlike the open lacing system of the Derby shoe. The design was originally a plain shoe made of leather, but over the years it has evolved and now includes a broad range of fabrics and detailing. Most men already own a good pair of black Oxfords which they wear for more formal occasions; however, this shoe also looks great in a tan color for casual events.
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A pair of comfortable but stylish running sneakers is a must-have for every wardrobe. While running sneakers are designed to feel good, rather than look good, we do have a few tips on choosing the right pair. For versatility, choose a style with minimal branding. Bright colors also work well for a statement street look. White sneakers will appear beaten and bruised within a few weeks so a good shoe care routine will need to be in order.