When the time comes to brush off that dirt from the weekend outings and get back into the office come Monday, owning a quality pair of dress shoes is imperative to maintaining a clean appearance during the week. And with so many options to choose from, it’s sometimes a bit daunting when that starter pair of dress shoes get too scuffed up to even be considered acceptable in a semi-formal setting. Keeping in mind that it’s not you, it’s the shoe, so you shouldn’t hesitate to get your hands on a new pair when the time comes.
But if you’re looking for something that’s both well-made and design-forward, the price tag for a good pair can run a bit high. However, there are some options out there that won’t break the bank while simultaneously keeping that the designer image. So if you have a hankering for some new dress shoes for the upcoming wedding season, new job, or just need to replace an old pair, then have a look through our picks for the 12 best dress shoes under $200.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Last Laugh
For the price, it’s hard to beat a more reliable dress shoe than this pair from Kenneth Cole. They’re versatile as they are handsome and feature a leather upper, lightly padded insole, elastic gore panels and weigh just over one pound. For the wedding or just another day at the office, this pair won’t soon be out of style.
Nordstrom Cusano Double Monk Shoe
Fans of the classic Monk shoe style can rest assured knowing that this burnished leather dress shoe won’t break the bank but still look classy in the process. In fact, it’s the very clean, classic style of this double monk and crisp cap toe shoe that grabbed our attention in the first place. It features a leather upper and lining, a removable insole, and come in the classic slip-on style with buckle straps.
Cole Haan Briscoe Wingtip
It’d be a shame to keep Cole Haan out of the mix, especially when they’re offering such a handsome shoe for men of class. Here, they offer this classic wingtip silhouette that’s undergone a bit of a revamp to make it more modern and slimmer in aesthetics. This, combined with a leather upper, a leather and textile sock liner, and lightweight EVA midsole make for one high-quality pair of dress shoes.
Banana Republic Shaw Italian Leather Oxford
Boasting the ability to be found just about anywhere, these Banana Republic Oxfords are as handsome as they are accessible. They’re made from Italian leather, are equipped with a rubber sole for all-day comfort, a rubber outsole, and their Advanced Comfort Technology that includes shock absorption in the heel and breathable toe pads
H by Hudson Hadstone Derby Shoes
A pair of derbies is always a great way to start those warmer months off on the right foot. Take these Hadstone Derby Shoes for example. They’re crafted from smooth leather, feature a burnished toe, a clear resin sole, and a stacked rubber heel. They’re classy, pair well with just about any formal or semi-formal attire, and look great in the process.
Massimo Matteo 6-Eye Wing Tip
With a classic style and handsome broguing, it’s difficult to take your eyes off this pair of 6-Eye Wing Tip shoes. They boast a rich leather upper, a blind eyelet construction, leather lining, and a stacked heel. Each pair is also made in Italy and is designed to last for years to come, never going out of style in the process.
Brooks Brother’s Bison American Driver
Every man needs a sleek pair of driving shoes. And since we can trust the good folk over at Brooks Brothers to never steer us wrong in the men’s fashion department, it was an easy choice to include this pair on our list. They’re made from American bison leather, feature a rubber sole, driver heel detailing on the back of the shoes, and are a comfortable option no matter how long the trip is going to take.
Johnston & Murphy Melton Oxford
Complete with a Goodyear welt construction, leather build and sole, this pair of Johnston & Murphy Oxfords boast all the luxurious amenities you’d come to find from a high-caliber dress shoe. We’re talking a PORON foam cushioned forepart and insole, Trampoline cushioning system, cork heel filler and finished with a polished look.
Ted Baker Hann Oxford Dress
There’s something to be said when a standard Oxford shoe boasts all the necessary qualifications in a clean design that suits just about any occasion. The Hann is one such example. It’s made from leather, boasts a leather and synthetic sole, and a wingtip shape that features a brogue perforated trim. Not bad at all.
Jack Erwin Cap-Toe Oxford
Simple in design yet masterful in execution, this pair of Oxford shoes from Jack Erwin focuses on the clean lines that make up this silhouette. It features a full-grain calfskin upper, a lined and padded insole, a leather outsole that’s been hand-stitched and a reinforced stacked heel to keep you on your toes for years to come.
Jack Erwin Abe Penny Loafer
If all the noise is a bit distracting for you, or you simply wish to take things down a notch, Jack Erwin’s Penny Loafer could be the answer. The pair is conservative in design and appearance, feature a straightforward design and are made from full-grain calfskin leather. The leather outsoles are also hand-stitched, feature a fully leather lined and padded insole for additional comfort, and are handcrafted in Spain.
Allen Edmonds Neumok Wingtip Oxfords
Complete with the classic Allen Edmonds broguing across the entire shoe, these Oxfords are sure to turn heads no matter where the special occasion takes you. Each pair features an unlined premium leather upper, a 360-degree Goodyear welt construction handcrafted right here in the USA and hosts a Single Butyl leather sole. A solid pair of dress shoes that’s for certain.
A Guide To Men's Dress Shoes
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