IN A WORLD THAT’S BECOMING EVER MORE CASUAL – AND OVERRUN WITH FANCY SNEAKERS – PULLING ON YOUR BEST DRESS SHOES CAN FEEL LIKE A SUBTLE ACT OF SARTORIAL REBELLION.
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A SURE FIT
With their polished calfskin uppers and rubber-panelled leather soles, these versatile fringed loafers are wardrobe MVPs that can give suits a slightly laidback vibe or sharpen smart-casual ensembles.
Wool trousers, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Leather shoes, from Brunello Cucinelli.
While sneakers are getting more dressed up, dress shoes are getting more comfy with sneaker-ish touches. These double monk strap shoes, for instance, feature an internal cork sole for a cushier wearing experience.
Leather shoes, from Bally.
Less formal than oxfords (which feature lacing flaps that are close together), derby shoes are a charming classic – especially when decorated with traditional broguing (decorative perforations) at the front.
Leather shoes, from Burberry.
DIAL IT UP
Blue loafers might not sound like footwear that pushes the style envelope, but with details such as dark metallic leather juxtaposed with textured pony skin, and featuring stonetopped hardware, these certainly do.
Leather and pony skin shoes, from Jimmy Choo.
IN THE DETAILS
With dress shoes, it’s often not about bright colours or outrageous designs, but the little touches – think a diamond-shaped cutout in a penny loafer, minimalist perforated patterns or a dash of familiar woven leather.
(from right) Leather shoes, from Bottega Veneta. Leather shoes, from Dunhill. Leather shoes, from Boss.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
With clean stitching and a gently curving seam, these derbies make for a quietly elegant finishing touch to most looks.
Wool suit, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Leather shoes, from Hermes.
Exotic skins have a swagger that requires confidence to pull off – there’s no way their distinctive patterns and luxurious sheen will go unnoticed.
Crocodile leather shoes, from Prada.