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