The horse race held each year on the first Saturday in May in Louisville, Kentucky at the Churchill Downs racetrack brings crowds in a specific preppy, colorful attire. The men often get just as decked out as the women for the occasion, donning pastel suits, bowties, and of course, great footwear.
Speaking of great footwear — Christian Louboutin makes a handsome lace-up shoe that would go great with an off-white suit for the event.
Christian Louboutin Greggo suede derby shoes, $945; matchesfashion.com
Another option for the Kentucky Derby — these classic navy, suede Gucci loafers.
Gucci Elanor suede loafers, $620; matchesfashion.com
But if you’re looking for a more casual shoe for the horse race, why not try these traditional 1920s style oxford shoes from Bottega Veneta.
Bottega Veneta Leather oxford shoes, $660; matchesfashion.com
To shop more men’s footwear for the Kentucky Derby, check out the gallery.