Fall’s 6 Must-Have Dress Shoes
Our footwear buyer Kevin Eisenberg selects his top dress shoes of the season.
Footwear can make or break an outfit. A refined suit just isn’t complete without the right shoes to pull it all together. “Dress shoes should be as streamlined as the rest of your wardrobe,” suggests our footwear buyer Kevin Eisenberg. “That means no clunky squared-toes.” Our shoe guru handpicked six exemplary designs to help you stay in-step with the times. Take note of the sleek rounded profiles and rich polished leathers used to make these classic styles feel completely modern.
1) Salvatore Ferragamo Derby Shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo’s lace-ups promise to be the most comfortable pair you’ll step foot in this season. “This lightweight shoe is coined the Sacchetto which literally translates to little bag,” says Kevin. “This is because it’s flipped inside out after initial assembly to hide all seams and stitching for a clean-lined appearance.” The ultra-flexible and enduring stylish derby will surely start your day off on a good foot.
2) Church’s Wingtip Brogues
Church’s footwear has always been a step ahead (they were the first to introduce differently shaped left and right shoes in 1881.) The British brand continues its tradition of ingenuity and craftsmanship with these timeless wingtip brogues. Taking more than 250 manual processes to perfect, no detail is overlooked. This includes a high-gloss Spazzolato finish gradually applied by hand to enhance the natural beauty of the calfskin
3) TOM FORD Penny Loafers
Trust TOM FORD to display the highest level of luxury and connoisseurship. “Natural dye was layered onto the penny loafers to achieve an antique patina with splendid gradations of tone and deep lustre,” explains Kevin. “The slip-ons are anchored by beveled hand painted soles as a mark of true artisanal quality.” Not only are they the perfect partner to tailored suits but also jeans (the contrast between casual denim and burnished leather is undeniably attractive.)
4) Harry Rosen Oxfords
“Our sophisticated Oxfords celebrate the art of fine Italian shoemaking,” Kevin notes. “They’re sculpted in an elegant almond shape from full-grain calfskin of surpassing richness and dimension.” The brandy-coloured leather is treated and burnished with the utmost care to ensure wardrobe longevity. Using the traditional Blake construction method, the outer sole is stitched to the insole for a flexible feel and comfortable stride.
5) Ermenegildo Zegna Monkstraps
With its silver buckle and burnished finish, Ermenegildo Zegna's monkstraps offer a rakish alternative to formal lace-ups. These seamless shoes feature the Sacchetto stitching technique for an altogether softer step that comfortably adapts to the foot’s curvature like a moccasin. Modern upgrades include the rubber injection leather sole for added traction while on the move.
6) Salvatore Ferragamo Derby Shoes
These Salvatore Ferragamo dress shoes celebrate its iconic founder’s architectural approach to handmade footwear. Polished calfskin is juxtaposed by studded rubber soles for a strong look with modern edge. Oiled suede piping and a woven heel detail lend further textural interest. The heritage brand has combined traditional artisanship with graphic elements to create a truly distinctive design.