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.
Massimo Matteo Double Monk Strap
Worn by dukes and earls back in the day, the monkstrap has resurfaced as one of the most elegant styles around. Buckle up with this Italian-made version, and don’t forget to show it off by wearing a nicely cuffed, narrow pant. [$159; zappos.com]