Walk this Way – Men’s Dress Shoes

The world of men’s shoes is finally seeing reason & designing for the male psyche: cool & individual.

While most (drab) men’s dress shoes are most commonly black or brown, we’re seeing new designs that are breaking the mold with a bold, rocking approach.

They’re dashing and daring and we love them! Here are a few designers kicking up a shoe storm:

The Steve Madden Collection:

This quintessential men’s shoe designer offers up handsome and hip leather shoes with ultra-modern metal link accents, embossed pinstriping, and chisel toes. They’re made for comfort, too, with twin elastic gores and a lightly padded collars that will keep you walking a million miles.

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S**** is a men shoe designer that’s State-side and carries contemporary styles such as dark blue suede ‘Jimmy’ lace-up ankle boots, two-tone tan and navy leather lace-up ‘Joe’ boots featuring cream cotton laces, a rounded toe, a bone leather sole and the signature three star logo embossed on the outer side of the heel. The S**** approach is certainly worth that second look.

Mark Nason

These boots were made for walking! Mark Nason’s boots are strictly for the outlaw in you – when you’re in the mood for something on the edgy side. They feature branded embroidery on the shaft, stitched dragon details, zippered shafts to make it easy to wear, intricate stitching and a selection of tapered square toe boots as well as chiseled ones for extra masculine appeal. Whether you wear it to work, or on the town, you’re bound to stand apart from the crowd.

Kennth Cole Reaction

These boots from Kenneth Cole Reaction is more than just a Foot Note when it comes to great quality. The tapered toe delivers a sleek profile to the smooth leather construction. Dual zippers make it easy to put on, while leather linings make it easy to wear in breathable comfort. Other shoes in his collection are handcrafted with tonal stitching, rivet details, and a zipper closure,and  pair nicely with business-casual clothes as well as outfits you wear to hit the town. Leather linings and a cushioned insole help you stay comfortable when you stay out late.

There’s a wide selection out there so you won’t be out of options to look classic and styled  no matter the occasion.

Remember that when it comes to dress shoes, Oxfords (British), or Balmorals (American), i.e. lace ups, are the standard shoe to wear with most suits. A monk shoe has no lacing, and is closed by a strap with a buckle – this style is more casual but you can pull it off with a suit and no tie.

Loafers, or slip-ons, come in both men’s and women’s styles and it’s not unusual for a man’s loafer to have a tassel. Loafers look great with casual wear – or when just hanging with your mates at a bbq or on your boat!

In all, shoes are symbolic of the man in you – they reflect the man in you so no matter the style – always keep them buffed, clean and polished. When in a fight, first walk 100 miles in the other man’s shoes. Then you’ll be 100 miles away and wearing his shoes.

If you’re having a bad shoe day, take a moment to be grateful that you have a pair on in the first place. Millions of people around the world do not have the luxury of even one slipper – “I murmured because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”

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