Front Runners December 2015: Stepping Out

  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson
    Louis Leeman's white-gold-studded ($995) and chevron-patterned ($936) signature velvet loafers; Pierre Corthay's Arca, a patent-leather shoe with gold piping; Ralph Lauren's patent-leather shoe with ribbon laces ($1,100) and monogrammed velvet slippers ($650). Photo by Lisa Charles Watson

Evening shoes are no longer just for formal occasions. Men are turning to fanciful footwear for every day, pairing them with denim, for instance, or sleek trousers and a sport coat. “Men don’t have a lot of wardrobe choices, and shoes are one of the few ways they can play a little,” says the Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman (louisleeman.com), who creates his signature velvet loafers in numerous variations, including the white-gold-studded ($995) and chevron-patterned ($936) models shown here. Other easy-to-wear styles with elegant flair include the Pierre Corthay Arca ($1,750, corthay.com), a patent-leather shoe with gold piping, and such options from Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com) as a patent-leather shoe with ribbon laces ($1,100) and monogrammed velvet slippers ($650).  

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