No matter how “dank and wavy” that menswear Instagrammer you follow thinks dad sneakers are, no man can survive on chunky-soled New Balances alone. At some point, even if your office has no discernible dress code, you’re going to need something a little more sophisticated. A pair of shoes that commands actual respect—not internet clout. The kind of footwear that won’t look the least bit out of place at your best friend’s wedding, say, or a job interview at an old-school law firm with a very discernible dress code.
We’re talking brogues, bucks, monk straps, ankle boots. You know: dress shoes. Hard bottoms, as Jay-Z would call them. Below, you’ll find our suggestions for the very best pairs you can buy right now.