Best Men's Shoes: Designer Footwear for the Polished Man

Fashion & Style: Wingtips. Oxfords. Loafers. Derbies. Buckles. Boots. These are just some of today's most popular styles of men's footwear. While such styles can be found on any department store shelf, there are a handful of designers that cater to today's luxury lifestyle man.

So, for those sharply dressed men, who demand nothing but the best, this roundup of luxury footwear is for you.

John Lobb
It's safe to say that when it comes to fashion, the Europeans have the upper hand. And when it comes to luxury footwear, John Lobbs, which is owned by Hermès, has proven to be a longtime favorite. John Lobbs has been making fine footwear for gentlemen in London since 1866 and in Paris since 1902. The company's rich heritage is reinforced by timeless qualities of craftsmanship, service and style, and over the years has expanded its retail presence across the globe. The ultimate John Lobb bespoke service is still available at the Paris atelier, which is now based on rue de Mogador.

Foster & Son
Established in 1840, Foster & Son is one of the oldest handmade bespoke shoe and boot makers in the world today. While the small privately-owned firm is known for its quality English footwear, the company has also developed a following for its collection of briefcases, leather and canvas luggage, as well as accessories.

J.M. Weston
Based in France, J.M. Weston has been a leader among its class since first established back in 1891. J.M. Weston is a timeless classic, which continues to stay ahead of the times by updating its collection regularly. Some of the most popular collections include the Beaubourg, Savile, Flore, Aston, Conti, Graphic and "Supple Fit" lines.

Known for its unique leather finishing, Berluti has been making men's fine footwear since first founded in 1895. As part of LVMH, Berluti has become a worldwide favorite and has, in a sense, earned itself a cult following. Each shoe that comes out of the Berluti workshop, located at 26, rue Marbeuf, Paris, is gorged with essential oils, shimmers like Japanese lacquer, and is to be considered a living piece of art.

Some additional, less obvious favorites include, Martin Dingman, Barker Black, Crocket & Jones, Edward Green, and GJ Cleverley & Co.

Recently, the luxury group, Luxury & Lifestyle Professionals, asked its Linkedin members, what some of their favorite luxury men's shoes were. Here's what made the list:

  • Bruno Magli
  • Church's
  • Cesare Paciotti
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Allen Edmonds
  • Tanino Crici
  • New and Lingwood
  • A. Testoni
  • Heschung
  • Daniele Miccheti
  • Tods
  • Bally
  • Santoni
  • Fratelli Rossetti
  • Clarks

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    Christina Stewart

    In her role as managing editor, Christina has developed a keen eye for all things luxury and is considered by many to be an expert within her field. Christina has covered a wide range of luxury lifestyle topics and finds passion in international travel, fast cars, and fabulous handbags. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a degree in both journalism and English. While attend...(Read More)

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