What the well-dressed man in New York will be wearing this season. This is your Essential Fall Style Guide, Part Four: in which we recommend The Devil-May-Care Dress Shoe.
In the world of men’s dress shoes, seldom is there need to reinvent the wheel. Like a crocodile, the oxford has evolved but little – a missing link to footwear’s paleolithic, if you will.
Accordingly, little tweaks go a long way.
Which is why something as simple as crafting a lace-up (or portions thereof) from something other than traditional leather can turn an old standby into a full-on conversation piece.
Our picks from the rakish of the dress kicks this season:
Ted Baker Cassius Derby Brogue
A tweed suit and brown brogue go hand-in-hand – British designer Baker just took it a step further. A great look for heavier fall suits (provided the herringbone doesn’t match), as well as washed-out denim rolled up to expose a thicker, woolly sock. Buy online.
Mark McNairy Two-Tone Camo Brogue
These combat-inspired wings from NYC’s favorite footwear rascal add a heavy dose of badass to your suit game and instantly elevate khaki-and-sweatshirt ensembles from “just rolled out of bed” to “let’s roll into bed.” Buy online.
Alexander McQueen Engraved Toe-Cap Oxfords
Sometimes a tiny touch is all it takes. Especially when that touch is an intricately engraved silver toe-cap. And oxblood matches easy: Navy suit. Black suit. Brown suit. All good. Enjoy the compliments. Buy online.
Johnston & Murphy Decatur Saddle
Contrary to popular belief, saddle shoes are not purely the domain of springtime and seersucker. Go with darker leather and they’ll stroll right into fall. J&M’s got four artfully burnished options – we’re partial to the black and tan. The shoe and the drink. Buy online.
Wolverine Birch Felt and Leather Boot
We know, we know, not a dress shoe. But when the weather turns sour, you’ll be glad for a heavy-tread leather boot with a snazzy wool upper to compliment your flannel. Like a sweater for your ankles. Buy online.