While it’s tough to beat the Oxford as a classic all-around office dress shoe, sometimes it’s good to switch things up in the footwear department. We’re living in a fashion-obsessed age, after all, which means that even at work, you'll occasionally want a modern alternative to that trusty old stalwart. Plus, a little extra comfort never hurts (literally). Luckily, there are a whole host of options out there that take classic silhouettes and re-imagine them for the contemporary workplace, all with modern materials and styling. No matter your office dress code, here are three shoes to break you out of your Oxford rut, plus what to wear them with.
1| The Business Casual
Somewhere between dressed up and casual lies business casual—that difficult-to-define attire that’s always tricky to lock down. While a blazer is never a bad idea in this situation, it’s also perfectly acceptable go the cardigan route. Just keep the color dialed down, and pair it with a crisp white shirt, a pair of light wool or wool-blend trousers, and some Skechers saddle shoes. You'll look sharp without feeling overdressed.
Clubman-Westside shoes by Mark Nason; Kooper Trouser by Billy Reid, billyreid.com; Japanese Oxford by Everlane, everlane.com; Shawl-Collar Cardigan by Polo Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com; Scritto Leather iPhone X case by Berluti + Native Union, mrporter.com
2| The Button-Down Office
If you work in a more conservative setting—say, a bank or a law firm—a suit (or, at the very least, a dress shirt and tie) may still be the status quo. You can, however, add a dose of personality to that uniform simply by thinking beyond the black or brown shoe. Try these navy bucks with a cotton khaki suit for a fresh take, and then bring it in for a landing with a soft-patterned shirt, a knit tie, and some cool socks.
Hardee shoes by Mark Nason; Ludlow Suit Jacket by J. Crew, jcrew.com; Ludlow Suit Pants by J. Crew, jcrew.com; Dress Shsrt by Sid Mashburn, sidmashburn.com; Tie dsby The Tie Bar, thetiebar.com; Socks by Marcoliani, mrporter.com; Computer Brief Briefcase by Shinola, shinola.com
3| The Dress-Down Friday
At the office, “dress-down” can be a bit of a loaded word. Keep things smart and stylish with a striped tee, a pair of chinos, a colorful light jacket, and desert boots. For an added bonus, polish the whole look off with a classic military-style sports watch. (Hot tip: This works great for Sunday brunch, as well.)
Weldon shoes by Mark Nason; Jacquard Stripe Tee by Noah, noahny.com; S.E.A. Legs Slim Pants by Outerknown, outerknown.com; David Tela Light-TC Jacket by Stone Island, stoneisland.com; The Mod Watch by Todd Snyder for Timex, toddsnyder.com
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