Every man needs at least one dynamite pair of lace-ups, a pair of dress shoes that say, "I'm sitting alone with this single malt because I choose to." Great shoes give us a sense of power and an air of ease at the same time. But they've hardly ever given us the comfort our hardworking dogs deserve. Until now.
Cole Haan's LunarGrand Wingtips – a hybrid with the body of a dress shoe and the sole (and soul) of Nike's LunarGlide sneakers – combine everything a man could possibly desire in footwear. We never felt or looked better during our morning walk to the office, thanks in part to the sidewalk-gripping outsole and Navy suede exterior. As Phil Russo, Cole Haan's VP of design explains, LunarGlides seamlessly marry past and future, casual and dressy, fashion and function. "The goal," says Russo, "was to create a shoe that utilized motion-enhancing innovations while retaining a timeless aesthetic." Russo acknowledges that a man's expectation of style demands functionality. Obviously, we also want insane masculinity and success, which, having bought and lived in these wingtips ourselves this summer, we're happy to report is included in the reasonable price.
These aren't your grandpa's blue suede shoes, but he's sure going to wish they had been. And while black lace-ups are the most versatile pair of shoes you can own, sometimes a man needs to have fun. So tip your hat to the past as you peacock your way into the future. Pair them with a suit, or use them to liven up casual chinos or a pair of jeans. You might also want to start whitening your teeth in preparation for all of the thank-you-smiles you'll be flashing. Trust us, we've even started carrying breath mints. [$248; colehaan.com]