Men’s Work Shoes to Dress Up Your Wardrobe

A shoe game that’ll inspire you to keep grinding
October 26, 2019
September 26, 2019
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What We Considered
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When we think of work shoes, we usually think about how nice it feels to get home, kick them off and grab a beer out of the fridge. Well, that’s always the goal, but since you have to wear shoes to the office, let’s talk about where to get the best ones.

It’s about time companies found a way to make dress shoes more comfortable and at fair prices. Good work shoes are never gonna be cheap (sure, try that under $100 pair from Zappos and let us know how it turns out for your feet). Let’s give it to you a quick rundown as to why: the shoe construction process of making your shoes (the sole and the last) is complicated and expensive, good shoes need to be made out of good materials - and when you replace those things with cheap quality and synthetic linings, your feet will swell, ache and generally make you want to throw you want to throw them out the window. Let’s avoid that, shall we?

In summary, you need to invest in good shoes but you don’t need to waste your hard earned dollars. That’s why we only recommend companies that have eliminated the retail markup, bringing you more quality for the price. For example, a $200 pair of shoes here is probably the same quality you’d find at Nordstrom for over $500. Get the picture? Well, we’ll let you get to it. Happy shopping and don’t forget to check out the commuter friendly, all-weather options as you scroll.

Jack Erwin

Two friends now founders, Ariel and Lane, left their 9–5 office jobs to improve men’s dress shoes. They believe good men’s shoes should have: great quality, solid color options, and fair prices. Couldn’t agree more. And they aren’t into following trends — just the best men’s staples, all the time.

The Goods

✓   Made in Spain and Portugal

✓   Elongated, slightly tapered sole

✓   Rubber sole and foam insert for all-day wear

✓   Suede and nappa leather

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Manufacture in independent factories in Spain to keep costs low

✓   Size transparency– telling you how they run so you don’t have to guess


Remember that time you fell victim to a nasty puddle or a pile of slush in your work shoes? Ugh, same. Nisolo is here to make life easier, starting with your feet. Their shoes are intentionally designed with features like water-resistant leather and rubber soles, and extra-light materials that make your shoes up to 3x lighter and perfect for throwing in that weekend bag.

The Goods

✓   Vibram Soles

✓   Ethically sourced leather

✓   Built-in arch support options

✓   Full-length, soft leather insole

✓   Made in Peru and Mexico

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Only buys from ethical tanneries

✓   Soles4Souls gives micro-entrepreneurs to start businesses in their own countries

✓   Fair and ethical work treatment in factories

✓   Partners with Ecosphere+ to offset carbon emissions

Paul Evans

Meet Paul Evans. These hand stitched puppies are going to have you turning heads in the office (and not because your soles are squeaking). Made in a factory on the coast of Naples, Paul Evans’ shoes are known for their Blake Stitch. It means maximum sole flexibility, a clean style aesthetic, and ease of resoling. Win, win.

The Goods

✓   Soft calfskin leather for maximum comfort

✓   Blake Stitch for long-lasting wear

✓   Handmade in Naples, Italy

✓   Easy-to-use size guide

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Designed to last

✓   Made in a family factory in Naples, Italy


Look to Taft for quality shoes that won’t go unnoticed. Made in Spain, their full-grain leather means maximum comfort (aka no chafing on that long walk to the office). They’ll take your everyday look up a notch at fairer prices - an average of $200 less than other brands since they skip the retail markup. That’s what we’re talking about. 

The Goods

✓   Soft calfskin lining

✓   Painted by hand

✓   Hand cut and stitched

✓   Full-grain leather

✓   Blake-stitched for longevity and comfort

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Taft Style Blog let’s us know how to keep our shoes looking great

✓   Price transparency

Beckett Simonon

For all of you Shark Tank buffs out there, you know that inventory means extra costs for the maker. To cut that down, Beckett Simonon has made the finest made-to-order dress shoes that you could ask for. Yes, you’re going to have to be a little patient, but know that it’s worth the wait.

The Goods

✓   12 month warranty

✓   Hand stitched soles

✓   Calfskin leather

✓  Made in Europe and South America

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Ethical sourcing

✓   Fair factory treatment

✓  Made-to-order means less waste

M. Gemi

M.Gemi’s Founder Maria Gangemi’s grew up with a family that owned shoe factories, so beautiful Italian craftsmanship is her first nature. It’s no surprise that M.Gemi brings us premium materials and quality that can be found in every little detail. This includes non-slip inserts and Blake stitched soles (aka easily resoled). Meet your sharp Italian companion that’ll be kind to your feet.

The Goods

✓   Hand-brushed calfskin leather or suede

✓   All leather lining and footbed, and antimicrobial lining

✓   Blake stitching 

✓   Leather and rubber peg soles

✓   Standard D width

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Superior Italian craftsmanship

✓   Recent collaboration with F*** Cancer

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Image Credit: Jack Erwin, @j.natestyle @jackerwin @arakeinprogress @themedlare/ Nisolo, @nisolomens/ Paul Evans, @paulevansny @denim_and_whiskey @joebinspire/ Taft, @taft/ Beckett Simonon, @beckettsimonon/ M. Gemi. @mgemi

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