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23 Best Men’s Dress Shoes (2012 Edition)

Ladies like a man in the best shoes. They like him even more if they’re well made and clean. So, to help our fellow men, we’ve chosen 23 of the very best men’s dress shoes available online. Within this selection we’ve included suede, leather, leather, monk-straps and loafers. If you know a man, men or mates who needs a subtle hint, then we recommend you recommend this to him.

(FYI – This best men’s feature is in random order) – 2013 Edition Can be Found here

John Lobb City II Leather Oxford Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #1 – John Lobb City II Leather Oxford Shoes
It’s the super sleek look and minimal stitching that makes the John Lobb City II Leather Oxford Shoes help a man stand out. Without fussy details to detract from the construction, the double-stitched toe cap and beautiful brown leather get a chance to shine.  (Price: £655.00 BUY)

Church's Shanghai Fringed Leather And Linen Loafers
Men’s Dress Shoe #2– Church’s Shanghai Fringed Leather And Linen Loafers
Normally the word “loafer” conjures up images of stuffy old men, but the Shanghai Fringed Leather And Linen Loafers by Church’s are breaking the mold and boldly going where no loafer or man has gone before – into the realm of chic style and effortless cool. For the bold men.  (Price: £530.00 BUY)

Mr. Hare Burroughs Lace Up Oxfords
Men’s Dress Shoe #3 – Mr. Hare Burroughs Lace Up Oxfords
If sleek is your style but brown is not, try the Mr. Hare Burroughs Lace Up Oxfords instead. They have the same slick profile as the John Lobb Oxfords, but add the rakish touch of four discreet studs in each heel.  (Price: £405.00 BUY)

Gucci Double Monk-Strap Leather Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #4 – Gucci Double Monk-Strap Leather Shoes
I’ve always felt that buckles add an extra element of badassery to a man’s outfit, even if the monk-strap style is named for the footwear of 11th century Roman clergy. Gucci nails this look with the Double Monk-Strap Leather Shoes, a refined and classic black dress shoe that’s durable and versatile.  (Price: £540.00 BUY)

Dsquared2 Saville Row Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #5 – Dsquared2 Saville Row Shoes
Men’s dress shoes can get a little boring if you’re not careful. In a sea of black leather shoes that all look the same, Dsquared2′s Saville Row Shoes will stand out, thanks to the textured leather, tapered toe shape, and intricate wingtip stitching.  (Price: $795.00 BUY)

Dsquared2 Dean's Night Out Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #6 – Dsquared2 Dean’s Night Out Shoes
These are le bomb. Men take note. Dsquared2 scores another hit with the Dean’s Night Out Shoes. The round tapered toe and stitched paneling both make subtle style statements, but it’s the highly polished abrasivato coffee leather that really steals the show for this pair of shoes.  (Price: $760.00 BUY)

Marsell Goodda Dress Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #7 – Marsell Goodda Dress Shoes
If you’re in the market for something different, something unlike anything you’re likely to see on another man, try the Marsell Goodda Dress Shoes. Instead of the basic brown or black color schemes that make up 99% of fancy footwear, these are an arresting dark vintage blue.  (Price: $810.00 BUY)

Jil Sander Laced Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #8 – Jil Sander Laced Shoes
The Jil Sander Laced Shoes find that tricky balancing point between dressy and casual. The profile says “formal,” but the round toeline, rubber sole, and soft blue nabuk leather make this pair perfect for a more low-key, dressed down look.  (Price: $298.00 BUY)

Raf Simons Laced Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #9 – Raf Simons Laced Shoes
I guarantee that these Raf Simons Laced Shoes are nothing like anything else in your closet. Basic black polished leather forms the foundation for these shoes, but an elasticized ribbon strap crosses over at the ankle and toe making them anything but “basic” at the end of the day. For daring men. (Price: $580.00 BUY)

N.D.C. Made By Hand Laced Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #10 – N.D.C. Made By Hand Laced Shoes
Available in black, khaki, or dark brown, these N.D.C. Made By Hand Laced Shoes are another great option for those occasions that require you to look your best without going off the dressy deep end. The leather looks just a little bit worn for a more rugged flavour of formal men’s footwear.  (Price: $280.00 BUY)

Dsquared2 Laced Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #11 – Dsquared2 Laced Shoes
These laced shoes by Dsquared2 are another well-executed attempt to break free from the traditional color palette for men’s dress shoes. Made from an exquisite suede in khaki or light grey, these hand-crafted shoes feature a leather sole, round toeline, and small logo detail on the heel.  (Price: $368.00 BUY)

Grenson William Grained Leather Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #12 – Grenson William Grained Leather Shoes
The stitching is the first thing you’ll notice on the Grenson William Grained Leather Shoes. The light brown laces and stitching stand out against the dark brown grain-leather of these full-wingtip brogues, adding a little bit of aesthetic intrigue to an otherwise-classic men’s shoe.  (Price: $231.00 BUY)

Dolce & Gabbana Stitch Dress Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #13 – Dolce & Gabbana Stitch Dress Shoes
The Dolce & Gabbana Stitch Dress Shoes add a dash of dandy to your outfit in the form of a luxurious, high-shine, Bordeaux-red leather. The details are relatively minimal (a pin-dot punched seam detail supplies just enough flair), keeping the focus of this pair on the rich red material.  (Price: $579.00 BUY)

Lanvin Patent Dress Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #14 – Lanvin Patent Dress Shoes
Patent isn’t for everyone or every occasion, but when it’s good it’s really good. The Patent Dress Shoes by Lavin fall squarely into that “really good” category. They’re beautifully crafted, sharply designed, and totally dapper.  (Price: $726.00 BUY)

Edward Green For Hardy Amies Chelsea Oxford Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #15 – Edward Green For Hardy Amies Chelsea Oxford Shoes
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the high-shine Lanvin Patent Dress Shoes are the Edward Green For Hardy Amies Chelsea Oxford Shoes. Two great fashion houses came together to create these handcrafted men’s Oxfords, in a gorgeous matte dark-grey leather.  (Price: $957.00 BUY)

Paul Smith Chocolate Burnished Leather Chuck Brogues
Men’s Dress Shoe #16 – Paul Smith Chocolate Burnished Leather Chuck Brogues
The Paul Smith Chocolate Burnished Leather Chuck Brogues are a five eyelet lace-up shoe with punched detailing on the uppers and a dip-dye effect on the leather that gives it a worn two-tone look. My favorite detail, though, is a hidden one: the decorative design on the soles.  (Price: $545.00 BUY)

Officine Creative 20MM Derby Leather Laceless Lace-Up Shoe
Men’s Dress Shoe #17 – Officine Creative 20MM Derby Leather Laceless Lace-Up Shoe
Now here’s something you’ve probably never seen before: a lace-up shoe that doesn’t actually have any laces. It’s totally crazy in theory, but in practice Officine Creative has created a cool, architecture shoe that is truly one-of-a-kind.  (Price: $583.00 BUY)


Paul Van Haagen Washed Suede & Leather Lace-Up Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #18 – Paul Van Haagen Washed Suede & Leather Lace-Up Shoes
For the man-about-town who really wants to make a sartorial statement, Paul Van Haagen has created these Washed Suede & Leather Lace-Up Shoes. The grey suede upper is adorned with leather highlights at the toe and heel, in either a dark green or a vibrant brick red color.  (Price: $643.00 BUY)

Dolce & Gabbana Robert Pattinson Brushed Leather Lace-Up
Men’s Dress Shoe #19 – Dolce & Gabbana Robert Pattinson Brushed Leather Lace-Up
It’s named for the man who brought the world’s most famous sparkly vampire to life on the big screen, but don’t let that turn you off.  The Robert Pattinson Brushed Leather Lace-Up by Dolce & Gabbana is a mature, masculine shoe with clean lines and not a single sparkle in sight.  (Price: $695.00 BUY)

Officine Creative Leather Shoe
Men’s Dress Shoe #20 – Officine Creative Leather Shoe
Here’s another shoe that capitalizes on the worn leather look. The Officine Creative Leather Shoe features a wooden heel and sole, round toe, front lace-up fastening, and a worn effect in the lush brown leather at the heel and toe. Talk about being “well-heeled.”  (Price: $514.00 BUY)

Alden for J.Crew Two-Tone Cordovan Saddle Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #21 – Alden for J.Crew Two-Tone Cordovan Saddle Shoes
The Alden Shoe Company is the oldest shoemaker in New England, and those years of expertise all come together for the Two-Tone Cordovan Saddle Men’s Shoes for J. Crew. These limited edition shoes are constructed from European snuff suede and genuine Horween No. 8 cordovan leather with a single-layer leather outsole.  (Price: $565.00 BUY)

Henderson Fusion Buckled Front Shoes
Men’s Dress Shoe #22 – Henderson Fusion Buckled Front Shoes
As if the warm, rich shade of brown isn’t enough of a reason to pick up a pair of the handmade Henderson Fusion Buckled Front Shoes, the buckled flap is a fashion-forward way to inject a little extra spice into a formal outfit without going over the top.  (Price: $440.00 BUY)

Moma Grunge Shoe
Men’s Dress Shoe #23 – Moma Grunge Shoe
A shoe with “grunge” in the name probably isn’t the first thing you would think of for a dressy occasion, but I dare you not to covet them after just one look. The distressed leather is stunning, and the buckled strap across the front is exactly that kind of detail that takes an outfit to the next level of cool.  (Price: $470.00 BUY)

So there you have it. If we’ve missed any or you have some suggestions please let us know below. 

12 Mar, 2012

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor