CLASSIC STYLING: You can never go wrong with traditional loafers and moccasins for dress or work casual, or athletic-styled kicks for weekend wear. Working men seeking a sophisticated, no-fuss shoe can take some tips from Kenneth Cole's New York Leading Edge loafer with its soft black leather and clean lines, while weekend strolls look great in the minimalist, contemporary style of Tsubo's Pelagon.
NEW BOOTS: Men can find comfort and warmth in a wide variety of mid- and low- cut boots this season. For dress, Florsheim's Joaquin gives some solid style direction with slim-fit construction and polished leather. For more casual wearers, Steve Madden's Glnlivet features a chunkier sole, subtle contrast stitching and rich brown tones, while Mark Nason infuses a rugged, rock vibe into all kinds of shapes, colors and styles.
IN THE DETAILS: Less conventional men will appreciate the extra nods to style that designers have laced into their fall shoes. Embossed leather gets some play in Louis Vitton's Navy loafer, Jean Paul Gaultier brings striped, strappy leather onto the scene, Gucci's "pony" hair lace-ups are luxurious without looking overdone, and perforations and buckles make Johnston & Murphy's Tolar Monk Strap shoe especially distinctive.
SHADES OF FALL: Aside from the standard neutrals, designers weren't afraid to introduce different colors into their footwear this year. The bright blue trim on Gucci's black and grey horsebit moccasin adds interest without being obnoxious, Calvin Klein's Quant Loafer looks fresh in antiqued grey, and Louis Vitton's San Marino Moccasin comes in five shades of suede, including scarlet red.
PER-SUEDE-ED: Suede brings softness and warmth to shoes, and is versatile enough for work and play. RJ Colt's oiled suede Oscar gives a luscious texture to the standard "desert boot," Guess's Nando has the vintage appeal of a broken-in boot, and Prada's black suede oxfords are the ultimate day-to-night workhorse.