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 best men's casual shoes that you should add to your wardrobe in 2022.
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.
SAYE's signature vegan Modelo '89 sneakers are a casual classic that you'll reach for time and again. The retro-inspired 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. Made from recycled and vegan materials, and with two trees planted for every purchase, these kicks are as sustainable as they are stylish.
French footwear label KLEMAN creates everything from boots to sandals, but its best-loved silhouette 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, this classic Derby shoe 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 driving shoes 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. Swedish footwear makers Myrqvist's beautifully crafted calfskin leather version boasts a timeless silhouette, with Goodyear welted construction for ultimate durability. Channel a workwear aesthetic by teaming them with a chore jacket and corduroy trousers.
Versatile, elegant and oh-so-comfy, men's desert boots are the ultimate all-rounders. This pair from Crown Northampton are based on a classic 1950's pattern, but they're timeless style endures today. Masterfully handmade in Crown's Northampton factory, they boast an ultra-soft Kudu suede upper sat atop a natural crepe sole that's sturdy yet lightweight. The perfect boot for the warm summer months.
Forget flimsy flip flops: boasting the same level of comfort but with a newfound sense of elegance, slides have replaced flip flops as the go-to summer shoes for men. Drawing inspiration from the swimming hot spots of Marseille, French footwear label Zespà has given the humble slide a luxurious twist, with the combination of full grain nubuck and nappa calfskin leathers. The waxed nubuck is water repellent, so they'll withstand any splashes, while the premium quality foam and EVA sole offer ultimate comfort.
Life is too short to faff around with laces. Or at least such is the thinking behind slip-on sneakers, which offer all the comfort, support and style of sneakers without the fuss of laces. Uniform Standard's Series 2 sneakers epitomise effortless elegance. The minimalist silhouette places focus on the exquisite craftsmanship over any extraneous aesthetic details.
Like slip-on sneakers, espadrilles offer a fuss-free solution to summer dressing. We love this luxurious pair from The Resort Co, which are handcrafted from a premium Spanish suede upper that's hand-stitched onto jute soles reinforced with durable rubber. Team these summer-ready men's casual shoes with a linen shirt and chino shorts for effortless poolside elegance.
If you’re after a classic, versatile shoe that’s just-smart-enough, then look no further than loafers. In particular, this pair from Aurélien, which are meticulously made from 100% French calfskin suede and designed for ultimate comfort, breathability and flexibility. Dress them up with smart tailored separates or keep things casual with jeans and an overshirt, the choice is yours.
For more casual footwear essentials, check out our ultimate guide to minimalist trainers.
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