Regardless of whether you prefer monk straps to wingtips, or black to brown, or suede to leather, there are four types of dress shoes every professional should have in his arsenal.

 

A pair for brown lace-ups for work

A pair for brown lace-ups for work

 

This was the shoe of choice for Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and both George W. and H.W. Bush at their inaugurations. You can’t get more professional than that.

A pair of black lace-ups for formal events

A pair of black lace-ups for formal events

Classic and understated is always best for formal events, such as weddings or important work engagements. These plain-toe oxfords are traditional and uncomplicated.

A pair of Penny loafers or slip-ons for business-casual settings

A pair of Penny loafers or slip-ons for business-casual settings

Leather loafers are classic choices for work. They are one of the most comfortable and durable styles you can choose.

A pair of wingtips or shoes with brogueing or perforations for casual Fridays and weekends

A pair of wingtips or shoes with brogueing or perforations for casual Fridays and weekends

This type of shoe is very versatile and dresses up any attire from suits to slacks to jeans.

Rotating your shoes daily will help differentiate your attire and storing them in cedar shoe trees will help preserve shoes allowing them to dry and maintain shape.