As dress codes relax and the lines between smart and casual increasingly blur, our everyday uniforms are evolving to incorporate more casual staples that can be worn across various contexts. Think along the lines of overshirts, dark denim jeans, a sleek leather tote bag, and of course, a solid rotation of casual shoes. Versatile enough for both work and play, these are the must-have men's casual shoes that you should add to your wardrobe.
Casual yet elegant, boat shoes are an underrated and under-worn summer staple that should be a fixture in every man's wardrobe. This Italian-made pair from Velasca is crafted from a soft rustic leather and a white anti-slip rubber sole. The tubular moccasin construction gives them flexibility and means they fit like a glove. Wear them on a warm summer evening with a breezy linen shirt and chinos in a soft muted shade like beige or navy.
Ascot X Charlie's signature Lione sneakers are a casual classic that you'll reach for time and again. The minimalist silhouette and clean lines will pair perfectly with anything from jeans and an overshirt to a business-casual look featuring tailored trousers and an Oxford shirt. Meticulously crafted in Italy from rich Italian leather, with a soft padded tongue and collar, hand-stitched original Margom outsole and full calf-skin lining, they're built to last.
French footwear label KLEMAN creates everything from boots to sandals, but its best-loved shoe is the Padror leather moc-toe shoe, a functional worker shoe that fuses style and durability. Introduced in the '90s to fit SNCF (the French national railway company) agents, it has stood the test of time and will continue to do so. The combination of boxy moc toe and chunky sole, inspired by traditional Tyrolean mountain shoes, will lend your outfit a distinctive workwear look.
Suede loafers are a smart-casual staple that will serve you well on multiple occasions and take you effortlessly from day to night. These Italian suede drivers from American footwear brand Oliver Cabell get our vote thanks to their sleek style and ultra comfortable construction: crafted from Italian leather with a micro foam footbed, they offer all-day support. Choose from four versatile, easy-to-wear hues: Chestnut, Navy, Sand and Slate.
You can never go wrong with classic Chelsea boots, an all-rounder shoe that has been beloved for decades and remains a paragon of effortlessly cool style. Dutch leather specialists Royal RepubliQ's take on the timeless style boasts a timeless silhouette, but features a ridged welt for a subtle injection of character. Channel a workwear aesthetic by teaming them with a chore jacket and corduroy trousers.
For more casual footwear essentials, check out our ultimate guide to men's trainers.
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