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Men’s Shoe Primer

Top-dollar and price-conscious footwear for every persona.



(Dries Van Noten oxfords, $549 at Jeffrey, 449 W. 14th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-206-3928).
The Extreme Fashion Lover
should be wearing white shoes.

<< A white patent wingtip: three major spring trends, compressed into one shoe

Not as shiny or as intellectually pedigreed, but white-canvas kicks worn with a suit or Japanese denim send a similarly trend-conscious message >>

Keds canvas Triumph Lo, $50 at Tani Shoes, 2020 Broadway, at 69th St.; 212-873-4361.

(Alden shell cordovan straight-tip blucher, $495; 344 Madison Ave., at 44th St.; 212-687-3023.
The Serious Banker
needs a pair of shiny cordovan lace-ups.

<< Made from true cordovan leather, which is horsehide; with a regular shine, these will outlast everything else in your closet

The look is right, but with a significantly shorter shelf life >>

Florsheim Lexington straight tip, $100; 444 Madison Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-752-8017.

Cap-toe shoe, $615 at Church’s, 689 Madison Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-758-5200.</
The Dandy
collects foot-mounted conversation pieces.

<< Shoes with gold buckles require lavender socks and a double Windsor knot

It won’t feel as well built or shine to a mirror polish, but you can’t beat the price >>

Payless Robert leather loafer, $39.99 at

John Varvatos lace-up boots, $365; 122 Spring St., at Greene St.; 212-965-0700.
The Media Type
wears Chelsea boots because they’re formal but slightly badass

<< Handsome lacing, polished pebbled leather, and an elegant toe box make this a boot for a suit

If you commute on a Ducati, wear these beaters—a slip-on matte-black leather boot with a rubber sole >>

Pull-on boot, $168 at Banana Republic, 130 E. 59th St., at Lexington Ave.; 212-751-5570


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