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Front Runners December 2015: Stepping Out

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).

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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