Dress For Success:
In 2021, dressing for success has taken on a new meaning. For instance, even top-level executives and upper-management are no longer confined to codes of dress with respect to the office. In short, the pandemic has changed the fashion landscape for menswear and office attire overall.
Nevertheless, the world is making a comeback and with that is a return to normalcy. Some suggest that it is the “new normal” given the fresh perspective that Americans are now ready to challenge. That being said, business professionals are ready to head back to the office in hopes of getting a fresh start to take on the new world. Therefore, it is time to kickoff the slippers and put on some proper, stylish, and elegant office footwear.
Whether you’re preparing for a job interview, a formal function or even a date, being able to look the part is essential for your success. The beauty of power footwear is how the classic styles such as oxfords and brogues…. are still being designed and worn today- just in a modified way with lightweight soles and fine architectural lines lending a feeling of power and confidence.
Menswear dress shoes date back all the way to 1640 with the Oxford, (originally referred to as the Balmoral –taken from the Balmoral Castle in the highlands of Scotland) which later became popular in the 1800s in England, with the construction still relatively the same as its Scottish parent.
Spring and summer luxury footwear continues to an item of high consumer interest. The combination of urban sophistication and active-minded utility bring forth leading concepts of comfort and style for men aiming to power dress during office hours. In short, the product offerings featured below command authority and confidence.
Given the abundant number of various styles today, ranging from oxfords to wingtips to monk straps and now, even sneakers, a dress shoe can transcend your office-attire look into the upscale executive —that well-minded executives wishe to portray.
Whether you go for the British construction of John Lobb or the Italian craftsmanship of Berluti, a proper dress shoe sets a man apart. Here below is a compiled list what the top luxury dress for success footwear – that every man should own!
Alexander McQueen– Black calf leather lace-up with a thick oversized rubber tread sole and a rounded toe silhouette. Finished with an Alexander McQueen signature on the tongue. $840
Allen Edmonds– One of Allen Edmonds’ signature styles, the Park Avenue Cap-Toe Oxford, is a premium calfskin leather oxford dress shoe. Subtle yet striking, the oxford shoe features a balmoral cap-toe and a closed lacing system. With a lightly padded footbed for added comfort, this pair makes the perfect dress shoe for the executive man returning to the office. Known for their recrafting process and welt construction, Allen Edmonds’ dress shoes are recraftable to extend the life of the shoe. $395 ($256.75 on sale)
Berluti-Taking on the aesthetic and details of a classic Oxford shoe, leather lacing, creative stitching – and updating them, this Oxford has a practical, versatile edge to it that perfectly fits Berluti’s wayfaring creative universe. $2,520
Bottega Veneta $890
Brioni -The ‘Cardinal’ is the Oxford model based on our almond last as denoted by its rich bottle green sole. It features a hand painted upper made of a single piece of black calfskin and is entirely handcrafted in Italy. The elegant tapered shape and clean lines make this the ideal choice for formalwear, the perfect shoe to complement Brioni’s world famous suits. $1250
Brunello Cucinelli—A timeless casually elegant menswear style, the new Penny Loafers showcase Glass Effect calfskin. A refined leather with a natural grain, Glass Effect calfskin is characterized by a semi-polished texture obtained with a coating of special wax. A novelty of the season, very fine and ultra-soft. A thin leather outsole pairs perfectly with the lightness of the upper, which is very comfortable to wear, perfect for the executive man transitioning from home to the office. $845
Bruno Magli-Bruno Magli’s Alpha is a classic bit loafer shoe. Constructed of calf leather linings and uppers, this style is decorated with the brand’s signature bit hardware for a refined and polished look. $395.00
Canali -These classic leather derbies are a must have for any professional returning to the workforce. With a modern floral motif and refined lines, these will easily elevate any suiting in your closet and are the perfect finishing touch for the contemporary professional. $550
Christian Louboutin-More dressy options to wear with a suit, very transitional for day to night events. $895
Dunhill-As seen on our SS21 runway, the dunhill Link Soft Loafer references slim 1970s designs. Crafted from brushed calfskin leather, the shoe offers a slim sole and exaggerated, hand-assembled chain-link hardware in a black brass finish. This hardware references classic masculine watch-straps. The shoe also features a collapsible heel, for enhanced wearability. $950
Ermenegildo Zegna-Transcending dress codes, Zegna’s iconic Triple Stitch Sneaker works equally well with tailored suits as it does with casual weekend outfits. It is a luxury essential in the modern man’s wardrobe. $695
Florsheim– The Florsheim Transit Cap Toe Oxford combines a richly burnished upper with an athletic inspired sole to create a versatile shoe for office wear that can easily be transitioned to weekend wear. With its Suedetec linings and OrthoLite® high rebound foam footbed, the Transit carries style and comfort in equal measure. The combination of a dressy silhouette with comfort features makes it the perfect shoe for transitioning back into everyday at the office while remaining easy on the feet. $110
Giorgio Armani-A Derby shoe that revolutionizes the classic design with a stylish and on-trend take. The shoe features a simple upper in polished calfskin and a Rubrex sole with transparent detailing. Crafted with an AGO construction, the shoe is flexible and made to last. $975
Gucci-An emblematic Gucci silhouette, the brown leather loafer is completed by the House’s Horsebit hardware and the Web stripe in green and red. Symbols and shapes from the archives appear throughout the latest collections, paying tribute to the origins of the brand. $850
Prada-The shiny effect of the brushed leather distinguishes the elegant, masculine design of these loafers. The metal triangle logo embellishes the band. $960
Saint Laurent-Saint Laurent Le Loafer Monogram Penny Loafers in Suede. $695
Santoni-Timeless classics, today. With an unedited point of view on the new modern elegance, Santoni defines its unmistakable aesthetics with the iconic double buckle loafer that remains one of the most essential menswear pieces for office attire for the day-to-day life. Santoni has envisioned a more effortless approach to footwear for any man who begins to rejoin the office environment: relaxed and more casual proposals along with a cool and modern interpretation of the classics. A contemporary take on luxury and of the ability of the brand in combining heritage and modernity. Reinterpretation of the style codes for the modern man in the current era. The new way of living requires a new way of dressing, but always with style, and choosing valuable and durable objects, made with passion and culture. $1,050
Tod’s-A man’s choice in shoes says a lot about his character, and what better way to distinguish a true executive than by a pair of TOD’s brown timeless leather loafers? Made with elegant, antique-effect leather and a Tod’s T monogram metal accessory, this loafer will be sure to grab everyone’s attention both in and outside the workplace. This timeless loafer is a must-have addition to any men’s professional wardrobe.$745
Tom Ford– CLASSIC ELKAN LACE UPS DESIGNED WITH CAP TOES AND BLAKE CONSTRUCTION. CRAFTED OF SMOOTH LEATHER. $1690