Upgrade Cocktail Hour With Killer Kicks

by Scott Wagner

Shoes to step up your style game 

The cocktail hour upgrade continues with killer kicks. These are the shoes that look good, wear well, and have that extra something perfect for cocktail hour. Check out our previous posts on pants here and shirts here to complete your cocktail hour upgrade. Cheers. 

Stylish Slippers 

Velvet slippers, $365, available at deltoro.com

Del Toro’s black velvet slippers with Napa leather tassels combine the fanciness of an evening shoe with the sophistication of what you wear to the office. Handmade in Italy, they can be dressed up or down for whatever look your mood calls for. 

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Stand Out Sneakers

NIke Blazer, $100, available at nike.com

Sneakers that stand out from a crowd. The Blazer, a classic design from Nike, has been reintroduced and it feels fresher than ever. It’s a basketball shoe with a design that dates back to the start of the company and we like that. Any shoe that looks as good now as it did thirty years ago is something we’re down to spend a little money on. 

Cool and Comfortable Oxfords 

Zerogrand Wingtip Oxfords, $190, available at colehaan.com

Laser treated leather with stitch details make for a modern take on an Oxford shoe. These are slick, folks. And did we mention the sole? Cole Haan’s Zerogrand technology will have you feeling like you’re walking on air. Wear them with a suit or black chinos and a white tee. They’re smart, but not too smart—perfect for an evening when you’ve gotta look good, but don’t want to come off as “trying too hard.”

Swanky Espadrilles 

Flat Espadrille, $170, available at castaner.com

What’s the shoe of summer you ask? We say swanky suede espadrilles. A style invented by the Spanish, they’re meant for warmer weather and go with everything from swim trunks for a bourbon and ginger ale by the pool to an all-linen getup for dinner on the town. Sold. 

Drivers (Even if You Don’t Drive) 

Driving Loafer, $125, available at jackerwin.com

Crafted in Portugal, these suede drivers have a trim fit and come in our favorite color (they call it chocolate, we call it barrel aged). Wear them with socks or without, it doesn’t matter because they’ll be just as comfortable and look just as good either way. 

Editor’s note: Top image by Noah Smith on Unsplash

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