Finding a pair of nicely finished, decently priced men’s dress shoes? It’s nearly a fashion mission impossible. Luckily, in addition to increasingly smart styles from contemporary brands, end-of-season clearance sales mean designer footwear has suddenly become more accessible.
Brands like Cole Haan and Hohan have nailed the dressy look at a more affordable price point. And J.Crew’s Ludlow loafer features Goodyear welting and a leather lining.
Luxe footwear brands specializing in dress categories, like Church’s or Grenson, have also hit the under-$300 mark thanks to the current sale season. One surely can’t go wrong with a suede or leather lace-up oxford, which should last you a lifetime.
While investing in a higher-priced dress shoe is never a bad idea — the constructions are often of a higher quality and will last longer — the market’s more budget-friendly styles are the perfect choice for when you’re in a pinch and need to suit up fast.
What to look for: simple, streamlined shapes in neutral colorways so you can pair them with virtually anything and wear for any occasion.
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