Dress shoes have long been known for their ability to add timeless style and elevation to any look. However, many can agree that comfort is not a word they would use to describe them. With quality, comfort, and style, these brands prove it is possible to combine all three aspects into a shoe.
Wolf and Shepard
Ever wonder what the comfort of a sneaker and the style of a dress shoe would look like? Wonder no more, as this is what shoe brand Wolf and Shepard strives to achieve. With the founder being an athlete as well as a shoe designer, he sought to come up with a solution to the ever not so comfortable dress shoe. Wolf and Shepard’s shoes go back to the founder’s athletic roots as each shoe is equipped with running shoe technology. Through the use of instant forming memory foam and high-quality Italian leather, these shoes will keep up with you no matter the distance.
Style: Bannister Derby
Style: Ringer Loafer
Magnanni is a third-generation family-owned business located in La Mancha, Spain. The company began in 1954 by Sebastian Blanco, who later passed down the business to his grandson, Pascual Blanco Martinez. Pascual learned shoemaking at an early age, eventually becoming head designer of the business at the age of 20. With the desire to create more innovative and luxurious shoes, he rebranded the company to Magnanni. Each pair of shoes is given an abundant amount of attention. Through meticulously dying each piece of leather, to constructing the shoe with the utmost comfort in mind. Today, all six of Pascual’s children run the day to day operations of the company.
Baudoin & Lange
Known for their quality and comfortable loafers, Baudoin Lange is a must-try. Through the use of top-grain leathers and shock-absorbent soles, it’s hard to not want these shoes. Since 2016, the brand has been producing its staple loafer called the “Sagan.” The shoe is meant to provide endless comfort throughout your day, all while remaining stylish.
Style: Sagan Classic Plain
Style: Sagan Grand Penny
Beckett Simonon was founded in 2011 with the principles of quality and ethical practices. The brand avoids the traditional retail route, which involves high markups and large amounts of waste. Their products are produced with care from skilled artisans in Bogota Columbia, that are ensured fair working conditions and benefits. Upon this, responsible sourcing choices are made through suppliers that are committed to lower water consumption and chemical/waste management. What makes the brand unique is the manufacturing process of the shoes themselves. Every shoe is made to order, all while giving you pictures of your shoes throughout the production process. Once finished, you will receive your timeless pair of shoes produced with the highest quality materials and sustainable practices in mind.
The shoe brand, Taft, was started by a young couple with a desire to create a good looking no show shoe for men. The brand has evolved to offer much more with shoe types such as boots, sneakers, loafers, etc. Each one of their shoes is handmade in Europe, with the best construction for long wear and comfort. Their shoes feature high quality handpainted full-grain leather, fully lined calfskin leather for comfort, and hand-cut patterns.
M.Gemi has been providing new and exciting shoes handcrafted to perfection since 2015. The shoes are handled with care as they are manufactured through local artisanal workshops located across Italy. This brand is not short on ideas for shoes as they release new styles every Monday in limited quantities. Materials are sourced by visiting luxury trade shows and receiving exclusive materials and design elements. As they say, they have something for everyone and every occasion.
Style: The Filare
Style: The Alrigo
The direct to consumer brand, Paul Evans provides numerous shoe options at reasonable pricing. Shoes are handmade in Italy with the highest quality calfskin leather. Each pair is handpainted and stitched, thanks in part of making their shoes in small batches to ensure quality.
Style: The Stewart
Style: The Cagney