Upgrade Your Shoe Closet With These Instant Classics

The classic styles to put on your feet from the year 2018.

Your shoe wardrobe should look a little something like this, a mix of classic footwear styles plus a few iconic pieces redone for today.

1. Vans Slip-Ons 

Vans slip-ons, once the sole domain of soap-averse teenage skaters, are en vogue once more. Though instead of the checkerboard days of yore, settle for a pop of color out of step with your local skate park. OG 59 LX Suede Slip-On Sneakers, 

2. Fendi Penny Loafer

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Designer loafers are big business. And better yet, they mean big things for your wardrobe. These brown leather shoes from Fendi have just the right amount of signature branding without being gauche, and offer a durable tread that'll last well into the colder months. Logo Leather Penny Loafers,  

3. Adidas Stan Smiths

Stan Smiths are the blank canvas of every man's wardrobe. Which is a good thing. While trainers can often go vibrant, the famously subtle Adidas style is a minimalist anchor, meaning you can go big and bold elsewhere. Buy now. And probably another three pairs while you're at it. Stan Smith Leather Sneakers,

4. Nike Air Max

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Yes, there's a Nike Air Max to suit every man and his dog, and yes, it's hardly anything new. But the trainers enduring popularity is testament to how sharp they actually are, and the suede Premium kick, a dreamy collage of baby blues, is no exception. Air Max 1 Premium,  

5. Reebok Classics

The nineties revival may well be a passing phase. Reebok Classics are most certainly not. The go-to sneak of every terrace/sportswear aficionado withstands beer spills, grass stains, and scuffs with its all-forgiving black leather. Workout Plus Royals,

6. Acne Studios Trainers


Sleek, Scandi minimalist goodness: great in your living room, even better on your feet. And for that, we can thank kings of the luxury flatpack gear Acne Studios, with the plastic-coated Jimmy sneaks making more of a stylish grumble than a hammed up statement. Jimmy Trainers,

7. Gucci Loafer

Going sockless have been a thing ever since Mr Ripley knocked off Dickie Greenleaf, and now, you can bear the mankle as the Italian riviera intended: in Gucci, with Italian black leather and an extra clink from the iconic horsebit detail. Bellissimo. 1953 Horsebit Leather Loafer,  

8. Clarks Originals Wallabee


School: the best days of your life. Debatable. That said, they were likely your best-dressed, with Clarks Originals' Wallabee enjoying a menswear revival among classicists and streetwear kids alike. Complete with a jean, a wide leg trouser, a preposterously rare collaborative hoodie. Take your pick. Wallabee Bordeaux Suede, 

9. Asics x Brandshop 

Believe it or not, collabs aren't all the stuff of retina-scorching, unpronounceable nightmares. Look to Asics hook-up with Brandshop, and you've a clean, colorful sneak that sits on the right side of classic. Gel Vickka Sneakers,

10. Solovair Derby


An easy way to upgrade your office look? A pair of staple, rounded Derby shoes from Solovair, that's what. Switch socks for invisible ones, your trousers for something ankle-grazing and your current role for the next rung on the ladder. Gibson Derby Black, 

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