While Penn men are some of the most stylish in the country, there is one part of a Quaker’s wardrobe that can always use some revamping: his shoes. What shoes do you need to update or add to your wardrobe? Find out below in our list of the seven shoes every Penn man should own.
Loafers are the go-to business casual shoe — appropriate for more occasions than any other type on this list. Pair them with belted khakis and a pressed button-down shirt to work with nearly any occasion dressier than class. Add a blazer for lunch on parents’ weekend or a dinner date downtown.
Cole Haan Penny Loafers: $198 at colehaan.com
To Boot New York Loafers: $275 at nordstrom.com
Oxford lace-ups are the essential formal business shoe. Whether you’re working on Wall Street or Market Street, you’ll always need a smart pair of oxfords to go with a tailored black suit and matching leather belt. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a higher quality pair, as you’ll be wearing them often and, believe it or not, people will notice if you come in the office with worn out or scuffed shoes.
Salvatore Ferragamo Lace-Up Oxford: $530 at neimanmarcus.com
Prada Cap-Toe Lace-Up Oxford: $595 at neimanmarcus.com
Casual sneakers are an integral part of the average guy’s footwear, as they are just right for class, late night studying, and hanging out at your fraternity house. Step up your go-to shoes with a funky color or higher quality material than your basic trainers have. Pair them with jeans and a t-shirt for an average day hanging around campus.
Giulinano Fujiwara High Tops: $620 at thecorner.com
Leather and Suede Classic Shoe: €145 at voltafootwear.it
Philadelphia is a beautiful place to live — except when it rains. Or snows. Or sleets. Ditch the tennis shoes on a nasty day in favor of something a little more durable and dry, such as all-weather or work boots. Look for special lining such as Gor-Tex to keep your feet nice and dry in even the worst of storms. And when it comes to these shoes’ style, the simpler the better.
Bean Boots with Gor-Tex/Thinsulate: $149 at llbean.com
Timberland Earthkeepers: $185 at timberland.com
Athletic shoes are usually worn more than they should be, mostly out of convenience and partly out of comfort. While these qualities are desirable, athletic shoes don’t sit highly on the style pyramid. Toss those ratty sneakers from high school and update them with a more colorful or sleek style. And gentlemen, go out and buy yourselves a pair of quality golf shoes. You won’t get that promotion in a few years if you show up at your boss’s course wearing a pair of old running shoes.
Nike LunarGlide Running Shoe: $110 at nordstrom.com
Nike Men’s Zoom Trophy Golf Shoe: $110 at dickssportinggoods.com
Wing-tips are a bit less formal than plain oxfords, but come with a snazzier quality than plain loafers. Shined mahogany wingtips pair especially well with a gray or navy suit — the perfect attire for a business lunch away from the office or dressy weekend excursion to New York.
Prada Lace-Up Wing-Tips: $730 at neimanmarcus.com
Cole Haan Air Colton Wingtip Oxfords: $198 at parkandbond.com
Chukka boots — a name derived from polo terminology — are perfect for transitional weather. This low-cut boot is practical for breezy days, plus it’s a more dressed-down style than your standard loafer. While they can come in a variety of colors, a sandy tan is extremely versatile with most wardrobes. Wear them with slacks and a casual button down. Add sweater if it’s cooler outside.
Cole Haan Winter Chukka Boot: $198 at nordstrom.com
Johnston & Murphy Chukka Boot: $135 at nordstrom.com