The Men's Shoes and Accessories Guide
THE MEN'S SHOES & ACCESSORIES GUIDE
Sometimes, finding the perfect finishing touches to an outfit can be the trickiest part. Luckily for you, we've pulled together the season's finest shoes, bags and accessories – basically, the sartorial equivalent of a delicious cherry on top of a seriously tempting cake. From the perfect holiday footwear to bags that pack a welcome dose of rebelliousness – we've got it all.
From the perfect holiday footwear to offbeat bags, we've pulled together the season's finest shoes, bags and accessories
Back to basics
The fast track to giving your work look a contemporary edge? Shoe designs devoid of detailing, leaving the quality of the leather and craftsmanship to do the talking. Step up Magnanni – its latest understated designs reflect the brand's traditional hand-making techniques (dating back to 1954) while offering the perfect finishing touch to modern, minimalist tailoring.
While the backpack has been a trusty fashion ally on the city streets for some years now, the tote is threatening to steal its style crown. Why? Because designs like this embroidered Dries van Noten beauty show how the style strikes the perfect balance between the smartness of a briefcase and the casual-cool of a backpack. Will you be tempted to switch?
Down to a T
Tom Ford: fashion designer, film director and impeccably groomed gent. While he may be almost infuriatingly perfect, if there's anyone you're going to take style advice from, it's this guy. From the iconic T clasp on that belt buckle to the movie-star-worthy eyewear designs – these are accessories worth investing in.
Think guys can't pull off jewellery? We beg to differ. For those uninitiated in the world of men's jewellery, a simple bracelet like this piece by Tateossian is perfect for adding a bit of edge to your look (without getting into 70s rock-star territory).
Looking for a smarter take on your everyday trainers? Then try iconic styles like adidas' Stan Smith reworked in super-soft suede. Perfect for smartening up your casual look or adding a more relaxed edge to smart tailoring.
Leave the laces
What shoes do you wear most often? We bet it's not those ultra-formal monk-strap shoes or super-casual gym trainers, but a pair that neatly sits between the two. Enter the luxe skate shoe: a modern wardrobe classic, made for traversing city streets and carpeted boardrooms alike. Our top pick? Fendi's cheeky monster slip-ons. Yes, please.
Bags of smile
Thom Browne is here to rescue you from the glum humdrum of the morning commute. From this leather lifesaver backpack to a tote in the shape of his pet sausage dog, Hector, these style statements are fashion at its most fun. Sling it on and make your fellow commuters smile.
The till point talking point
While a smart black leather wallet may make us feel like we're (finally) a grown-up, there's something to be said for a till point statement. That's why, we say, look out for striking designs that invite conversation, like this iridescent wallet by Maison Margiela.
See through the plastic problem
Ever been on a beautiful beach and noticed 'paradise' is actually strewn with plastic waste? Yep, us too. That's why we love Dick Moby – a brand that uses recycled plastics and bio-plastics to create its sunglasses. Oh, and did we mention they look seriously cool, too?
They may be camouflage print, but they'll do anything but make you blend in. This printed denim and leather pair by Valentino are, in our eyes, at the vanguard of the trend. March forth in style, gents.
Pool sliders, once a hipster cliché ('so ugly, they're cool!'), are back with a more luxurious, utterly wearable look thanks to designers such as Joshua Sanders (aka THE most talked about footwear brand right now). A holiday packing essential.
Patch things up
Building on the retro revival of embroidered patches on denim jackets and jeans, this season's accessories come bedecked in intricately detailed additions. Think cool military crests and music tour emblems rather than that 'hospitality' badge you got in Scouts (bless!). This backpack by Alexander McQueen is a case in point: smart yet distinctive.
The urban adventurer
The trainer has evolved. Futuristic shapes, technical fabrics and cage-like structures are now familiar design features, engineered for both performance and style. Wear this pair by the pioneers of the urban look, Y-3, with your everyday jeans or – for the more daring among us – cropped wide-leg trousers.
From studding to stripes, this season brands have been adding their signature flair to classic brogues and boots. With the iconic Thom Browne stripe and a sleek minimal design, these Chelsea boots are the perfect match for slim-fit black jeans and a crisp white shirt.