Dress shoes are the most difficult category to find barefoot friendly. Earlier this year I put together the Women’s Dress Shoe Roundup and the Women’s Wedding Shoes list, but until now have not looked into options for men. Just like women, there are many men out there in need of a shoe to wear to work, weddings, or church without sticking out like a sore thumb. Amazingly, shoemakers are rising to the challenge and just in the last year alone several new styles have been developed.
Many options on this list are even dressy enough for black tie event, but not all will be. If you know of more to add to this list, let me know!
Zaqq – Zaqq has an astounding number of men’s dress shoe options and they all look amazing! I have heard from a couple people that they can be tapered in the toes. I am not sure which styles this applies to, so you might want to e-mail them before ordering to ask.
Belenka‘s shoes are unisex and cut like a traditional dress shoe. Most of the colors/prints aren’t really work appropriate, but if you chose black they’d look great with slacks. They also have winter boots that look dressy.
Sole Runner has a number of really nice looking men’s shoes!
Senmotic – Their business line looks very professional and classy.
DaVinci Barefoot – They have a killer men’s line. My husband has a pair and they are beautiful, but $$$
Carets – Beautiful shoes, very dressy. But again with the $$$
Gaucho Ninja Leather – This Etsy shop custom makes men’s boots, and some of the styles are very classy and dressy. Prices are up there, but you are getting custom.
Groundies Urban Barefootwear just released some Chukka styles for men that look like they would work very well with slacks.
Joe Nimble – International shoppers only can purchase directly from Joe Nimble. If you are in the US, you can purchase from Joe Nimble from Baer Shoes. They have a good selection of men’s dress shoes.
Zeazoo, formally just a kid’s brand, now makes chukka style boots for men.
Luks Shoes – Currently the Year Round Boot is the only style made in men’s sizing, but they have some other styles they’ll be adding soon that will be work appropriate.
Hoss Handmade’s black oxford would look great with professional attire.
Magical Shoes has a men’s winter boot that looks professional.
The Altra Smith Boot is a good option if you need an extra thick sole. Simple, and classy looking!