Spring 2006: Best Men's Shoes
Paul Smith Leather Moccasin, $260
White, white, white--it's the fashion color of the moment. Which basically means that you can't go wrong by wearing anything white, shoes included. There are tons of styles of white shoes for spring, but Paul Smith's take on the white leather moccasin is one of the nicest.
Totally extravagant. Totally luxe. And totally not for the beach. Flip-flops get all macked out with lizard skin--a popular skin of the moment--via Bottega Veneta's sandal.
John Varvatos Distressed Boot, $375
look for distressed leather in every style of shoe: dress shoes, loafers, and boots. And John Varvatos nails the
boot category, creating one that manages to be both Brokeback Mountain-rough and urban cool.
Cole Haan Slip-Ons, $345
Granted, loafers can scream
conservative and dull, but Cole Haan offers up a version that manages to stay stylish. If you're going to
loaf this spring, you can't go wrong with this leather slip-on.
Paolo Lantorno Kidskin Slip-Ons, $189
Yes, orange. It's one of the season's most popular colors and certainly not for everyone. But if you're looking for a spin on the slip-on, you can't go wrong with this shoe from Paolo Lantorno, one of San Francisco's best shoemakers.
Alexander McQueen Puma, $290
Sneakers ain't ever going away--and now fashion designers are flocking to design custom sneakers for some of the biggest brands. A soft sneaker is one of the season's biggest trends, and Alexander McQueen's version for Puma is one of the best-looking sneakers around.
Banana Republic Leather Slide, $119
Sandals are big for men this season, and buyers will find a crop of different styles and colors, including this simple slide from Banana Republic.
John Varvatos for Converse, $109
Expect to see tons of Converse on the feet of happy hipsters this spring, including this blue, limited edition sneaker designed by John Varvatos. Laces not required, of course.
John Fluevog Leather Shoe, $119
John Fluevog mixes leather and mesh to create a casual, but totally funky shoe. Plus, the mesh makes the shoe just as comfortable as a sneaker.
Gucci Crocodile Lace-Up, $7,900
Crocodile continues to be a popular choice of skin going into spring. Spendy, for sure, but Gucci's take on the dress shoe is worth every penny. Check out the version in white, too, on the company's web site.