NYC Street Style: Men’s Brown Dress Shoes

When trying to climb the corporate ladder, men aren’t taking any fashion chances these days when it comes to their shoes. Footwear News canvassed the streets of New York for a read on how young executives were heading to the office.

Most seemed to be playing it safe with classic looks their fathers and grandfathers likely had in their own shoe closets. Wingtips were the standout in classic brown to more adventurous two-tone versions reminiscent of the 1920s and ’30s. For those who want to take a step into the past, there are versions from Johnston & Murphy and Cole Haan.

Next on the hit list were cap-toe lace-ups. The companion to the wingtip, they’re a bit less fussy. However, they still make a strong statement in the boardroom.

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On the run in NYC wearing brown monk-strap dress shoes.
CREDIT: Thomas Iannaccone.

For the more adventurous, there’s the monk strap. While its part of the trio of classics following the wingtip and cap-toe, it requires a bit more confidence to pull off. Updating the silhouette are trend-driven double buckle versions.

For those working in a more relaxed office environment, there are a range of slip-on mocs from Gucci-inspired bit versions to tassel mocs. Here, guys have the opportunity to go sockless while still keeping a professional appearance.

Click through the slideshow below to explore all the street style images.

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