So you need a new pair of dress shoes, but you either don’t have $500 to drop on a pair of Ferragamo oxfords, or you’d rather spend your hard-earned cash elsewhere. We don’t blame you. Truth is, for less than half that hefty sum, you can find a high-quality leather shoe that’s perfect for work, a wedding, or whatever’s on your busy social calendar. Here are 11 excellent options that look upscale but won’t put too bad a dent in your wallet.
Johnston & Murphy Newell Boot
There aren’t too many boots on the market that feature soft Italian calfskin at a relatively low price point. The Newell also comes with a padded collar that gives off Johnston & Murphy’s distinctively American vibe, as well as a cushioned insole to help expedite the breaking-in process. [$195; Johnston & Murphy]