Thankfully, most offices don’t require you to wear a coat and tie every day like they used to. We can thank the tech industry for relaxing our standard a bit and making us comfortable. There’s a fine line though. While you want to be comfortable, you still want to look good and show respect to your job and company. That’s why it’s important to know the best men's shoes for a casual work environment.
While the casual work environment is an encouraging thing, don’t abuse it. You can still look good, earn respect and dress smart. Here are some great ideas for picking the best men's shoes for a casual work environment.
A nice leather, casual oxford (not a dress shoe) that can dress up a pair of jeans, look great with a pair of khakis or blend perfectly with cords is a must for a casual work environment. They also work well for after work dinners with clients because they do bridge that gap between dressy and casual. They come in a wide range of styles from a little more casual and hip from someone like Dr. Martens or a little dressier from Rockport or Johnston Murphy.
You see a lot of slip-on loafers these days in casual work environments, and for good reason. They’re really comfortable, durable and give enough support so your feet won't be hurting after eight hours. You can also get away with wearing them either with jeans or khakis. You have to love versatility like that.
It's tough to go into a shoe store or search online for men's shoes without seeing Clarks 'Desert Boots' or other suede boots out there. They are an insanely hot item right now - and for good reason. They're really cool, and work perfectly for a casual work environment. You can't go wrong with these boots. But don't limit yourself to just suede boots, leather boots that look great with jeans are a great choice too, and are very popular right now.
Tread lightly with sneakers. I generally don’t wear them much in the casual office I work in. But if they look good, really work with your style and they aren’t beat–up, go for it. Instead of just throwing on your running shoes, look to the more classic sneaker with something like a Jack Purcell Chuck Talyor, Stan Smiths, Pumas or a classic K-Swiss sneaker to take it up a notch.