As they say, shoes are the window to the soul. Take the guy who wears boat shoes all year round, for example – you look down and bang, there he is, wearing his personality on his feet at the party. It’s a scientific fact that shoe choices make or break any outfit. You can rock the coolest, most put together look in the world, but if the shoes are bad, it’s all ruined.
And during the colder months when chinos and sweaters are repeated, shoes are also a way to have a little fun with your fit. They are a vehicle for communicating personal taste. They have the power to elevate even the most basic outfit. Shoes are also, in many cases, a lifetime investment – well-made shoes, when treated correctly, will last forever. All this to say that shoes are important. So buy good ones, stick to them, and wear them well. Here are 10 of our favorite shoe brands, whether you’re looking for a high-quality basic or something you’ll only buy once and wear forever.
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The iconic Dr. Martens still does after all these years. The brand’s classic oxfords are the perfect addition to your shoe collection – very comfortable (after you’ve broken them in) and extremely reliable. You can not be wrong.
Tough, durable and affordable, Clarks shoes are a wardrobe staple for a reason. The iconic desert boot goes with everything and looks great too.
The folks at Grenson have been making shoes with their own signature technique since 1866, and they’re damn good at it. It’s an 8-week process with over 200 individual steps, and it shows: they form both classic and more energetic pairings that last forever. If you’re looking for a unique dress shoe, a chunky oxford or a rugged combat boot, check out Grenson’s extensive selection. There is something for every taste. But if you’re looking for a fresh white sneaker, Esquire’s collab with Grenson is on sale right now.
Loake makes affordable shoes fit for a prince. (No, really, the company supplies men’s shoes to members of the British royal family.) These beautiful olive suede ankle boots are versatile and durable, but also just the right amount of fun.
Tricker’s shoes are durable, luxurious and properly made. The brand is bringing pops of color to its classic style options, if you like to have a little (tastefully) fun with your shoes. If you’re looking for an everyday pair of black leather boots that can be dressed up or down, they’ll never go out of style.
George Cleverley’s styles are slightly more refined. You can totally opt for classic silhouettes and colors, but you can also get a little creative and spring for a patent leather or honey-colored suede to mix it up a bit. These rich brown brogues are a little left of center, but still sturdy and classic.
Church’s does a great job of making high quality leather classics as well as retro style sneakers. All of their shoes are comfortable, soft and effortless. We especially love this waxed suede boot, a timeless, weather-resistant choice with details that will turn heads.
Santoni shows luxury Italian craftsmanship. If you’re still looking for a great winter boot, grab these stylish yet highly functional mountain boots for this season (and many, many seasons to come).
John Lobb’s silhouettes are timeless and elegant, and the craftsmanship absolutely stands the test of time. It’s the kind of shoe that doesn’t need flashy colors or patterns to grab attention – their understated elegance speaks for itself. We love these tassel loafers, if you’re looking for a dressier shoe.
Berluti makes beautifully burnished leather like no one else. The brand isn’t afraid to experiment with colors, textures and patterns in its collections, and the craftsmanship stands the test of time. We love these cool, angular oxfords.
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