Shoes for offbeat grooms, groomsmen, bridesboys, and lovers of fancy men's footwear

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John Fluevog Mens Kaplan Oxford

We all know that Converse are the un-official shoe of the Offbeat Groom, and that's awesome. We're fully in support of All-Stars. They're sweet shoes, and imminently affordable. But what about for the discerning dude/genderqueer who wants something a little more formal, a little less athletic? Something that's going to be fancy as hell and can be resoled?

Well! Today I bring you my current favorite crop of men's formal footwear. Of course there's some Fluevog action in here, but I've also got some Vivienne Westwood, some green-soled Jil Sanders, and some skull-covered Jeffery-West. I also made a point to include some double monk straps, which are my husband's current obsession.


DSQUARED2 - Barcello Pony Laced Up Oxford (Zebra) - Footwear
Vivienne Westwood - Plastic Brogue Boot (Orange) - Footwear
adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto - Korey (SupCol/White) - Footwear
Magnanni - Rocco (Purple) - Footwear
Alexander McQueen Albert Derby (Silver) Men's Shoes
Ted Baker - Juippita (Dark Blue Suede) - Footwear
Born - Gleason (Lino Suede Green BTM) - Footwear
a. testoni - Casual Suede Apron Toe Oxford (Blue) - Footwear
Stacy Adams - Royalty (White) - Footwear
Calvin Klein - Faxon (Blue) - Footwear
Steve Madden - Hasten (Blue) - Footwear
Florsheim by Duckie Brown - Floral Cap (Floral) - Footwear
Bass - Clifton (Dark Grey) - Footwear
GBX - Grieves (Grey) - Footwear
Frye - James Double Monk (Tan Antique Pull Up) - Footwear
JD Fisk - Gamble (Yellow) - Footwear
Alexander McQueen - Skull Slipper (Silver Grey) - Footwear
Ted Baker Jamfro 3 (Blue Suede) Men's Lace Up Wing Tip Shoes
Ted Baker Juippita (Cream Suede) Men's Shoes
Wolverine - 1883 Horace (Light Grey/Yellow) - Footwear
Diesel - Lawles Low (Freesia Yellow) - Footwear
Alexander McQueen - Metallic Skull Slipper (Silver) - Footwear
Vivienne Westwood - Plastic Skull Moccasin (Blue Acqua) - Footwear
Florsheim by Duckie Brown Saddle Men's Shoes
Jeffery-West - Rochester Rex (Gold Skulls) - Footwear
Vivienne Westwood - Pirate Boot (Calf Burgundy) - Footwear
CoSTUME NATIONAL Ankle Boot Men's Boots
Vivienne Westwood - Crack Trainer (Cracked Silver) - Footwear
John Varvatos - Richards Double Monk (Lead) - Footwear
Magnanni Vito Men's Shoes
CoSTUME NATIONAL Ankle Boot Men's Boots
Jeffery-West Lightning Chelsea Men's Dress Zip Boots

Random bonus shoe

John Fluevog PLR Chukka Boot

  1. Oooh, I spy some gothy boots! I think he's just going to wear his dr. martens though, otherwise I'd have to investigate these shoes further!

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  2. I love it! Men's footwear is so often overlooked.

    Just want to add… don't write off Cole Haan! Despite their rep for stodgy work shoes, someone seems to have been busy in the design studio.

    If you like the idea of a bright sole but don't have the bank for Jil Sander when it's not on sale: http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-harrison-eva-oxford-navy-nubuck-black

    Casual wingtips with contrasting laces for a pop of dapper color (and they're on sale): http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-colton-casual-wing-tip-navy-textured

    Saddle shoes. There's a pink, a purple, and a plaid (along with more neutral choices): http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-colton-saddle-ashley-blue-nubuck-navy-croc-print

    There were some fly boots, a black shoe with bright pink laces and pink detailing in the sole (oh what the hell, here's a link: http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-harrison-ultimate-wing-oxford-charcoal-grain), and I noticed a monk's strap wingtip in the mix, too… :)

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  3. I'm wearing big black 10 eyelet docs or a pair of black oxfords, either way, they'll be shoes I'll use regularly once I'm allowed to get them scuffed.

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  4. I just tried on the amazing white and blue Fluevogs this weekend! They're even more amazing in person and so comfortable. My sister bought them in orange :)

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  5. Can you repost the link for the checkerboard creepers? I love them, but when I clicked on the pic the page could not be found :(

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    • It appears they've sold out. They're Costume National's Checkerboard Oxford Creeper, and I'm not seeing them online anywhere. Sorry about that!

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      • Guess I will be quicker on the draw next time! Thanks for the info, though!

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  6. YUM

    Has there been a tomboy/butch women's footwear post on here? I'm a woman who prefers more masculine footwear (so not just flat shoes) but my feet are too small for me to wear men's shoes. I need unfeminine shoes in women's sizes!

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  7. Check out Stacey Adams for really cool shoes as well. I use them all the time for Historical shows and they look and feel FANTASTIC!

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  8. The first pair… is SO perfect for my guy. Our colors and everything. They are expensive… I'll have to think about it… but they are really cool.

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