Affordable Men’s Work Shoes To Put Some Spring In Your Step
From commute to client meeting, give your 9-6 style a step up for the new season in these essential smart shoes from Kurt Geiger
Much like the man who dons them daily, work shoes are by their very definition some of the hardest working in their field. Once laced, strapped or slipped on for the day, they’ll be your close companion from early morning latte to last thing at night, travelling from commute through to client drinks and back again. With the level of horological commitment expected from this particular partnership, it’s only sensible to consider your choice of footwear carefully.
Assessing their ability to go the distance is naturally our first port of call when interviewing for a new workwear recruit. The necessary skills for the task in hand – durability, versatility and the aptitude to fit seamlessly with the wider wardrobe team – closely follow. Is the prospective pair in question crafted from a quality material, in a suitable colour and style to wear with the rest of your office attire? Finally, and for some most importantly, do you have the budget to make a worthwhile hire? Failure to meet the criteria from the offset means that your new shoe will be unlikely to make it past their probation period, and you’ll be left out of pocket at the end of the quarter.
To that end, we have turned our attention to esteemed footwear retailer Kurt Geiger whose new season men’s work footwear more than steps up to the mark in terms of design, material and, most crucially, price. Featuring names such as Grenson and Paul Smith alongside it's own name brand, it couldn’t come at a better time as we anticipate the better weather ahead and look to put our best foot forward for spring. From timeless dress shoes made with the traditional office environment in mind to slip-on loafers reinvented in invigorating shades for spring, we have compiled a list of smart footwear fail-safes to help any man make an informed choice for the season ahead.
Stern Oxford Shoes
We’ll admit that an unfussy pair of traditional men’s Oxford shoes are hardly going to reinvent the sartorial wheel, but if your office dress code dictates a strictly smart demeanour you’re best to toe the line. Luckily, Kurt Geiger have proved that this basic design is anything but boring. Switch out wintery all-black for warm tan leather that feels more optimistic for the working day ahead – we’re particularly fond of a contrasting fabric panel or graduating fade to set you apart from the rest of your colleagues.
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Relaxed Derbie Shoes
Ah, the ever-complex code: smart/casual. If a suit and sneakers feels a tad too jarring, look to Derbie shoes - the footwear equivalent of wearing a shirt sans tie with the collar conservatively unbuttoned. They lack the austere formality of an Oxford and feel infinitely more playful thanks to their variety of shapes and sizes. The relaxed open vamp design lends itself to more casual scenarios: after-hours networking drinks; weekly appraisals with your direct report; sitting cross-legged, sipping an espresso at a late morning client debrief in the Hoxton lobby.
If a Derbie is a late morning debrief, the effortless slip-on loafer is a long and leisurely PR breakfast on the company’s time. This man has more enjoyable things to do with his time than bend to tie his laces. Loafers are an understated yet luxury choice for the (business)man about town who needs something comfortable to slip into: after his morning training session; for racking the brains of his connections; in the airport lounge as he flies overseas to charm a prospective new lead. This blush pink design is a snip at under £100, best worn with a knitted polo and chinos.
Alternative Chelsea Boots
If you’re unsure about wearing a hi-top design with a suit, don’t be – it’s called suited and booted for a reason. Adapt to the new season with Chelsea boots in soft suede finishes of grey, blue and brown (of which Kurt Geiger have plenty), worn with a deep navy or grey check two-piece suit for a light and relaxed look that will take you from hot desk to hot date in a flash. Restore the smarts with a starched-cotton shirt, or ease into after-hours with a polo neck.
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