Dress shoes don’t have to be fussy. Thanks to some casual new styles, you can wear your office kicks well, just about anywhere. A good pair of dress shoes can anchor a suit or your most well-loved denim, and instantly make an old suit feel fresh.
Add a little character to your everyday office and weekend attire with a classic pair of casual dress shoes. Even if you don’t have the dollars for hand-stitched Italian leather loafers, there are still some great options out there that’ll look good without breaking the bank.One of the perks of owning a few pairs of reliable & stylish dress shoes is they will always add a little flash to a suit. Having a sweet selection of the hottest sneakers is nice, but at the end of the day, a good dress shoe will become a go-to staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Side note: take care of your kicks! Even if your shoes qualify as serious shoe porn, if they’re covered in scuffs and scratches, what’s the point? Carefully remove scuffs with a rubber eraser after each wear and polish when needed.
We recommend owning two pairs of dress shoes and rotate your wears frequently. This will give each pair a time to dry out, which is crucial as the temperature starts rising and your feet start sweating. If you’ve got a pair you wear every single day and cannot bear to part with, try purchasing sneaker balls. They’re little balls you pop in your shoes at the end of the day to give them some new life and get rid of any questionable odors.
So without further ado, here are fifteen casual dress shoes that will take you from the boardroom to the bar with ease.
Ted Baker ‘Hann’ Leather Wingtip Derby Shoe
Even if you can’t afford the sky-high price tag of a hand-made British brogue, no one will be the wise thanks to these Ted Baker derby shoes. They’ve got the old-school feels of a wingtip, but the burnished leather and brogue detailing give this pair a modern riff.
Paul Evans Martin Wholecut
If you’re going to do businesswear on the daily, you might as well switch it up from the basic black shoe. This wholecut oxford shoe is crafted from full-grain Italian leather and was handmade — and hand painted — right in Italy. Make the shoes a statement piece with a black suit, or pair them with darker wash denim to pack a punch.
Topman ‘Union’ Burgundy Derby Shoe
The burnished burgundy brown leather on this Topman shoe adds a little shine to an ordinary derby shoe. The higher stack on the sole is perfect to give a little lift for any guys who lack NBA player height. Feel free to break these ones out on the weekend with a dark cropped trouser and white shirt to channel a Japanese sartorial star.
J.Crew ‘Kenton’ Suede Buck
Lush suede bucks in a pale grey make for a subtle (and comfy) statement shoe. Think of them as the more laid-back cousin of your typical bucks. Pro tip: for a comfier shoe, pick a suede shoe over polished leather. Suede not only molds to your feet more easily than most leathers, but they’re like a fine wine – they get better with age. The more you wear suede shoes, the cooler they look.
Kenneth Cole ‘Brotential’ Leather Shoe
This Kenneth Cole shoe is one of the most quintessential shoes you can own. These shoes are top quality for a budget-friendly price point, so we recommend picking them up in both cognac and black. Plus, the breathable insoles allow for maximum comfort, so you can make it through the full day sans-blisters.