Most modern-day workplaces are changing up their company culture and dress codes. If your job requires business casual attire, carefully considering your footwear is essential.
Enter business casual, and more specifically, business casual shoes. More business, less casual.
To help you shop, we have curated a list of the best business casual shoes for men. Though these shoes were once deemed too casual for the office, they've recently made their way into more laid-back business casual environments.
12 Best Business Casual Shoes for Men
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Cole Haan's all-new Modern Classics line equips timeless silhouettes with modern functionality and durability. These versatile Modern Wingtip Oxfords feature responsive cushioning and a thick outsole for all-day comfort with excellent traction. You can't go wrong picking up a pair in classic black.
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If you're going to splurge one pair of men's dress shoes, make it a pair of Gucci loafers. Crafted in Italy from supple leather, they'll last forever and never go out of style. The flexible back is designed to be worn with the heel folded up or folded down for added versatility. A gold horsebit and two-tone strap, two emblems of the iconic fashion house, add a luxurious finishing touch.
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For casual business settings, stick to a classic leather style like these Manolo Blahnik Chukka Boots. They're crafted from leather, leather linings, and soles. Perfect for business casual to casual situations. Pair with boot-cut jeans or chinos and a polo or short-sleeve button-down. During the colder months, these shoes will keep you warm.
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These Magnanni Riley Chelsea Boots offer the perfect balance of comfort and style. The classic Spanish Chelsea boot is equipped with Diversa comfort technology for added airflow and cushion. The luxurious, water-resistant Italian leather (which comes in your choice of black or cognac) only gets softer over time.
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These sophisticated Sutherland Wingtip Boots from Gordon Rush make any business casual wardrobe a great addition. The versatile lace-up boots come equipped with OrthoLite cushioning for all-day comfort and an easily-replaceable sole for long-term wear. Wingtip detailing brings a traditional feel to ensure they're appropriate to wear to work.
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Wolf & Shepard's Crossover Plain Toe Oxfords put a sporty spin on a classic oxford dress shoe. Crafted with an Italian leather upper and a white rubber sole, they're unbelievably comfortable. A sheepskin lining and added arch support will keep you going through long days on your feet. Styled with jeans and a tee, they're the perfect semi-casual shoe for weekends too.
This French designer Christian Louboutin Surcity Flat Leather Oxfords is a derby shoe with a twist. Timeless, yet have a modern appeal. Crafted with calfskin leather with detailed stitching, it offers maximum comfort that is designed to last. Great for dressing up for formal settings or dressing down for business casual office dress code. This style can also take you from the workplace to happy hour.
A classic style with double-buckle monk straps across the vamp and cap toe stitch design. Made from smooth calf leather and brass hardware. Perfect for wearing to formal events or dress down with business casual office attire.
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Unlike the other loafers, this Berluti Andy Burnished Leather Loafer offers a unique leather color. A modern pair of loafers offer a hand-stitched apron and backstitching—the unique color pairs well with almost anything in your wardrobe.
This stylish Giorgio Armani chukka boot in calf suede is a must-have. It features a two-eye lace-up vamp, flat heel, and round toe. Lightweight with a flexible EVA rubber sole, it will keep your feet happy for years to come.
You will find this class sneaker to go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. From daily errands to casual business settings, you will find this pair of sneakers to help you on many occasions. Made in Italy, they have soft leather uppers and linings and are stamped with the house moniker in gold type. The sleek low-top silhouette will work with both jeans and relaxed tailoring.
While dress boots aren't appropriate footwear for formal events, they're just right for a business casual and smart casual setting. Added coverage and traction make them a practical option for colder months. Style them with chinos, jeans, and trousers exactly as you would your loafers, oxfords, or derby shoes.
How To Choose The Perfect Pair?
A few factors play in part: material, color, and design.
For a safe option, stick with sophisticated silhouettes, neutral colors, and high-quality materials like leather to make sure they're formal enough for work outfits.
Oxfords are a versatile choice, a dress boot always fits well with casual business attire while keeping you warm during colder days, and you can always try fashion sneakers or boat shoes.
Learn more about the types of business casual shoes for men.
How To Sport Them?
The whole idea of business casual is to look professional without needing to put on a suit and tie while it pairs well with your casual clothing in a business casual setting. Now, how do you incorporate your business casual shoes into your office attire?
Sport your business casual shoes with chino pants and button-up shirts for business casual. Pair it with dark jeans and a button-up on casual Friday, or style them with suits and other more formal clothes to help balance them out.