Broke with expensive taste? You’re not alone, but don’t fret — there’s still a way for men to get luxe-looking shoes for less. Boldface name shoes might be out of reach, but by honing in on classic and trendy styles that have a long shelf life, it’s possible to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
Fast-fashion retailers are good starting points for footwear that has been translated from styles by heritage brands, but at an affordable price.
We spoke to fashion experts with credentials in high-end men’s shoes to share their shopping advice.
“Zara is a one-stop shop; they are always up to date with the latest trends as well as simple timeless looks,” shared Talia Coles, a celebrity stylist who counts rapper Rick Ross among her clients. “The quality is great for the price point.”
Perhaps you’re not the dressy type and prefer sneakers to formal styles, but special occasions do pop up, so it’s important to have the right shoes in your arsenal.
“I have had clients I dressed before who only needed shoes for a wedding and never plan on wearing again; I have gotten great classic velvet smoking loafer from Aldo’s for like $100,” said Alicia Sereno, who has styled racing champ Lewis Hamilton, and musicians Swizz Beatz and Future.
Below, more tips from the pros.