WORDS BY ASHLEIGH GRIBBON & STEPHEN YU
From Derbies to Oxfords – and every monk shoe in between – start the new year (and the new season) by putting your best foot forward with our edit of the best smart shoes for the office.
Step it Up:
A powerhouse in the formalwear game, it’s little surprise that Prada delivers the gold standard in men's smart shoes with these Derby’s. This pair is defined by its sculptured ingenuity: the rugged rubber sole makes a contemporary base for stitch-trimmed calf leather.
Leather loafers are the elder statesman of dress shoes, but here Gucci welcomes just a subtle hint of informality (albeit one of luxury) by adding the brand’s unmistakable red and green stripes to either side of these smart shoes.
John Lobb’s double-strap monk shoes will elevate your workplace wardrobe two-fold: first with the sculpted outer sole, and then through the distressed brown leather upper, which maintains a polished feel without being too formal.
An unrivaled mix of rich heritage and artisanal crafting make Church’s one of the best smart shoe brands and a favorite among hardcore footwear fans. Here’s a tip for movers and shakers of the boardroom – sport your oxford’s with a sharp suit and a get-noticed timepiece to effortlessly stand out.
Get The Gloss:
Go the extra mile to show you mean business by styling your tapered two-piece with Santoni’s varnished leather oxford shoes. The high-gloss finish ensures all attention is drawn to the sleek almond-toe form, a suave silhouette that promises to leave your business rivals behind in the smart shoes style stakes.