Fine footwear – personally recommended by men of style

Footwear to step out in between seasons – from classic Oxfords to leisurely loafers

Suede loafers by Edward Green – the English footwear brand is a favourite of Byredo founder Ben Gorham’s
Suede loafers by Edward Green – the English footwear brand is a favourite of Byredo founder Ben Gorham’s | Image: Per-Anders Pettersson

Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo

“I buy my formal shoes from Edward Green, the best shoemaker in the world in my opinion. I prefer to wear them without socks. Then I go to Sneakersnstuff in Stockholm for classic Vans slip-ons.” Edward Green, edwardgreen.com. Sneakersnstuff, sneakersnstuff.com.

Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli’s Santoni brogues
Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli’s Santoni brogues | Image: Mattia Zoppellaro

Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli, head of fabric house Rubelli

“Santoni shoes really represent ‘made in Italy’ to me and are the perfect mix of handcraft and creativity; most of all they’re comfortable to walk in – essential when you live in Venice. I wear Santoni loafers in summer, brogues for formal occasions or something more elaborate when I want to get noticed.” From €350; santonishoes.com.

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Hakan Rosenius, artistic director of Asprey

I always wear distinctive footwear. My shoe cupboard is like a Tardis; I have no idea how many pairs I have. A standout pair is the leopard-print loafers made by Belgian Shoes in New York – they’re bespoke; you can bring your own material.” belgianshoes.com.

Asprey artistic director Hakan Rosenius’s bespoke leopard-print loafers made by Belgian Shoes, in New York
Asprey artistic director Hakan Rosenius’s bespoke leopard-print loafers made by Belgian Shoes, in New York | Image: Kate Martin

Michael Hill, creative director and co-owner of Drake’s

“Paraboot has been making amazing footwear for over a century. I particularly like the Chambord style; they have a certain ruggedness but can be worn with casual tailoring.” From £245; paraboot.com.

The Sartorialist founder Scott Schuman’s Prada shoes
The Sartorialist founder Scott Schuman’s Prada shoes | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Scott Schuman, photographer and founder of The Sartorialist

“I go to Prada for shoes. I love how the brand is so forward-thinking with its design – Miuccia Prada turns things on their head but also keeps styles running for several seasons. I have a brown leather pair that I especially like because they are exaggerated, with a high sole.” prada.com.

Ligne Roset creative director Michel Roset’s Gommino driving shoes by Tod’s
Ligne Roset creative director Michel Roset’s Gommino driving shoes by Tod’s | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Michel Roset, creative director of Ligne Roset

“I’ve got into the habit of buying a new pair of Tod’s nubuck Gommino driving shoes every year. I wear them on holiday in Corsica without socks. I’ve been going for the past 40 years, so my Gomminos know Corsica well.” £340; tods.com

The mismatched bespoke shoes that architect Bill Bensley had made by Schuhwerk
The mismatched bespoke shoes that architect Bill Bensley had made by Schuhwerk | Image: Adam Birkan Photography

James Taffin de Givenchy, jeweller

“I’ve got a couple of pairs of Linea di Corsa’s race-car driving sneakers. This Parisian label has redesigned the classic car shoe and made it fun and colourful, and the handstitched details really add to the appeal.” €135; lineadicorsa.com.

Furniture maker/designer Joseph Walsh’s Salvatore Ferragamo Oxfords
Furniture maker/designer Joseph Walsh’s Salvatore Ferragamo Oxfords | Image: Tristan Hutchinson

Bill Bensley, architect

“My favourite shoes are a bespoke pair I had made by Schuhwerk in Salzburg. I am 6’4” and wear a size 13½ EEEE shoe, so finding things to fit isn’t easy. I had them made in mismatched suede; the right shoe is a combination of blue and orange and the left is in blue and lilac. They make people laugh and that’s my greatest pleasure.” schuhwerk.cc.

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Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, senior director of Bulgari’s watch design centre

Tricker’s on Jermyn Street makes my favourite shoes – Ilkley Country – which I wear in Switzerland, rain or snow; they’re indestructible and iconic.” From £415; trickers.com.

Joseph Walsh, furniture maker and designer

“I always wear brown leather Oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. Formed from a single piece of leather, they wear well and look beautiful.” From £725; ferragamo.com.

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