The 10 Best Men's Dress Shoes

Updated May 14, 2018 by Quincy Miller

10 Best Men's Dress Shoes
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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Someone smart once said, "Shoes make the man." Truer words have never been spoken, as even the most dashing outfit can be undermined by tattered, boring footwear. Luckily, the men's dress shoes on this list will ensure that you always stand out — and feel great — regardless of whether you're on a date or a job interview. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best men's dress shoe on Amazon.

10. Johnston & Murphy Melton

The Johnston & Murphy Melton boast fully-lined insoles that offer plenty of breathability and superior moisture dispersion, so even if your job requires you to do a lot of walking, you won't encounter a fetid swamp every time you take them off.
  • mold to foot shape over time
  • rubber heels to lessen joint impacts
  • make lots of noise on hard surfaces
Brand Johnston & Murphy
Model Melton
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Cole Haan Cambridge

While nominally dress shoes, the Cole Haan Cambridge work just as well with jeans or chinos as they do with a fancy pinstriped suit. There's lots of room in the toe box, so your feet won't be cramped, though that can lead to the leather creasing with heavy wear.
  • raised heel for balance
  • rubber on soles to prevent slipping
  • can scuff easily
Brand Cole Haan
Model C21969-205
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Allen Edmonds Strand

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and you won't squander any opportunities if you wear the Allen Edmonds Strand. The bad news is that they're not cheap, but the good news is, they're not cheap — they'll last for years if you take care of them.
  • flexible leather sole
  • work well with khakis
  • a bit uncomfortable until broken in
Brand Allen Edmonds
Model 1635
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Anthony Veer Roosevelt II

The double monk strap Anthony Veer Roosevelt II are equally comfortable being dressed up or down, so you can wear them out on the weekend just as easily as to the workplace. They're stitched in such a way that it's a breeze to resole them when the time comes.
  • ship with shoehorn and trees
  • straps are easy to adjust
  • slippery on tile floors
Brand Anthony Veer
Model pending
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Bolano Brayden

For an exotic look without an extravagant price tag, there's the Bolano Brayden. Made of faux eel skin, they'll help you to stand out in a sea of basic leather, and you won't even have to sacrifice an animal in order to look your absolute best.
  • fit true to size
  • available in 8 striking colors
  • tend to be a little stiff
Brand Bolano
Model Brayden-175-Size-10.5
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Cole Haan Pinch Tassel Loafers

If you're a fan of the classics, you'll adore the Cole Haan Pinch Tassel Loafers. Their moccasin-like structure will put your feet at ease and keep them comfortable during long days. Just make sure you rock these with a pair of nice pants.
  • snug without being overly tight
  • great for the sock-less look
  • don't offer much arch support
Brand Cole Haan
Model Pinch Tassel
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Ecco Holton

If you always find yourself rushing out the door with no time to spare, the slip-on Ecco Holton can save you a few precious minutes. They emphasize comfort without sacrificing aesthetics, so you'll be able to wear them all day without soreness.
  • goring side panels
  • soft full-grained leather
  • breathable linings
Brand ECCO
Model Hoton Slip On
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

3. Asher Green Spectator

They're not for everyone, but if you want to make a fashion statement, you'll turn heads with the Asher Green Spectator. These two-tone, brown-and-cognac wingtips are a throwback to old-school style, and the pointy tips are a breath of fresh air from basic rounded toes.
  • don't require breaking in
  • good for narrow feet
  • made of genuine calf leather
Brand Asher Green
Model AG100-028-Size-13
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. ZRO Modern

There's a pigskin lining inside the ZRO Modern, so your dogs won't bark even after spending all day standing or cutting up a dance floor. The finely-polished leather makes them equally appropriate for a regular suit or a tux, so you'll be prepared for any occasion.
  • come with spare laces
  • durable wooden heel
  • hold a shine well
Brand ZRO
Model Variation
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Magnanni Marco

If you're trying to impress with sleek European style, you won't go wrong sporting the Magnanni Marco. They can go with a wide range of suits and are sure to turn heads wherever you go, thanks to their meticulous stitching and waxed-finished monk straps.
  • beautifully burnished
  • silver buckle on vamp
  • hardy leather soles
Brand Magnanni
Model Marco
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Dance Like A Fool

We go through a lot of shoe phases throughout our lives. Early on, we live in sneakers fastened to our feet by velcro. If we're lucky, they have lights inside them that flash when we walk. Then, we graduate to laces, though we usually remain in sneakers. Sandals and boots come and go with the seasons. At some point, though, even as young men, we encounter our first pair of dress shoes.

At around five years old, I got myself into my first suit, and I spent the bulk of the night dancing up and down the rooms of a fancy banquet hall, my eyes fixed on my footwear, fascinated by the way the shoes caught the light.

I became rather divorced from dress shoes in my later childhood years, my teens, and even my early 20s. It wasn't until I started dressing like a grown man from head to toe that the coverings for those toes became more important to me.

I soon realized that a good pair of dress shoes could tie together a whole outfit in ways that are mostly subtle, but that are certainly undeniable. It doesn't even matter if the rest of you is dressed up; any time you look down, you should feel that rush of completion, of accomplishment.

You'll notice that the shoes on our list are all derived from cowhide treated one way or another. They're either leather or suede, the former bearing a greater degree of reflective power, and responding better to polish. The soles, each of which bears a slight elevation for comfort and posture, are either leather, rubber, or wood with rubber gripping in the heel, providing better traction that shouldn't inhibit your ability to dance like a fool five-year-old, should you be so inspired.

Style By Style

I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but I've made some bad footwear decisions throughout my lifetime. I knew it when I made them, too. I'd get a pair of shoes I thought would be the coolest things in the world and realize very quickly that I looked ridiculous in them. Specifically, I'm haunted by a pair of bright red Vans with a large black skull and crossbones on them. I don't know what I was thinking.

That said, there are people out there for whom those shoes would have worked. I was young, and I was still learning who I was and how I wanted to express my sense of self. As you take in the options we've provided on our top ten list of men's dress shoes, it'd be a good idea to know a little bit about yourself, about your current wardrobe, and even about the look or looks to which you aspire.

If you're the consummate casual dresser, you aren't prohibited from enjoying the occasional dress shoe. In fact, sporting a couple of these ten styles with a nicer pair of jeans creates one of the smarter casual looks available in modern menswear. It says that you're so casual about being casual that you almost inadvertently make it look nice. The suede shoes on this list, in particular, are tailor-made for dressing up or down as you see fit.

For the businessmen among us, the boys who have themselves in suits on a daily basis, your decision will be based as much on color and shape as anything else. Shoes with a more pointed toe, though rounded, are very much more in vogue than the flat-front styles that ran the shoe show back in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Then, there's a sort of intermediary between the more causal look and the smart business attire with a hint of high fashion to it. These are the shoes on our list that fit better in a loafer category than anywhere else. Their number one priorities are comfort and convenience. You shouldn't need a shoe horn to get into them, they require no tying, or strapping, or buckling, and their appearance screams of the easy life.

A Well-Adorned Walk Through History

Until the late 16th century, footwear rarely meant more than strips of leather or cloth tied or strapped to one's feet. The sandal styles popular in Mediterranean climates like Greece and Italy didn't make a lot of sense in the colder rainy filth of early modern England, France, and Germany.

In the courts of those countries, however, footwear evolved into the 17th century to include bows, buckles, and even heels. Later in the century, as war tore through Britain and the rest of Europe, military fashions began to inform the design and popularity of men's footwear.

The periods in Europe of Enlightenment, as well as the French Revolution, popularized a more agrarian aesthetic, as the power and importance of the common citizen took on a whole new meaning. This was the first wave in which the aristocracy looked to the styles of the peasantry for fashion inspiration, a trend that would last on into today.

More recently, the fashions that developed in the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment periods seem to swirl around one another, with one version of a shoe popular for about a decade or two and another one taking its place thereafter, only to be supplanted itself by a third as the wheel of footwear turns round and round. Every once in a while, a new style element makes its way onto the wheel, but rarely in the realm of dress shoes, where a more conservative bent has reigned for centuries.

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Last updated on May 14, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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