Shoes That Make A Man: Essential Footwear For The Working Stiff

They say the shoes make the man, and with good reason: they're among the first things people notice. Make sure you make a solid first impression by putting these classic styles to work.

Ask most women what they notice about a man's wardrobe and “shoes” will be sure to top the list. For some reason women are inherently drawn to shoes — their own and men's. Unfortunately, most men think of footwear as a necessary evil instead of a source of expression, style, and confidence. The man of style and substance will look for quality shoes to add to his professional wardrobe.  Here, we present a few options for men to be well-heeled at work and at play.

For the Office

1. The Oxford Worn by students at the famed English university; it’s the gold standard of office wear. Go for black, brown or cordovan with minimal embellishments.

Johnston and murphy
2. The Wingtip Wear these with your custom suit. Choose a sleek toe box and thin sole.

Wing tip by rockport

3. The Boot – The Chelsea boot made famous in England during the 1960’s and 70’s is a great option for comfort and style.

Frye Chelsea boot

4. The Monk Strap Originally worn by monastery monks, the double strap is more professional. Remember to keep the buckle small.

Monk strap by brutini

5. The Loafer – Stay away from tassels and fringes and go for something smooth and low profile for casual Friday.

Johnston and murphy loafer

For the Weekend

1. The Oxford – Choose a thicker sole and wear brown suede — the ultimate casual choice for weekend wear.

Suede oxford

2. The Wingtip – Not just for business. Try a chestnut brown instead of the standard black and wear them with jeans.

Casual wingtip

3. The Boot – Desert boots in tan suede. Great for a walk through the mountains in fall.

Desert boot by clarks

4. The Monk Strap – Go for one strap, a larger buckle, and wear them to the neighborhood cocktail party.

Monk strap shoe

5. The Loafer – Stay sleek, and black. Wear for a night on the town with your girl or your “Rat Pack.”

Loafer by Calvin Klein

Grant Harris

Grant Harris is Owner & Chief Style Consultant at Image Granted; a Washington, DC based Image Consulting Company dedicated to solving the complex image, style & fashion issues of today's professional man. He has a healthy obsession with socks. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.