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FLANNELS Five: The Proper Shoes Edit

FLANNELS Five: The Proper Shoes Edit

You may be asking, ‘what exactly do they mean by “proper shoes?”’ Well, we mean shoes for grown-ups – the smart, leather kind that your mum would be pleased to see you wear on a more regular basis. Shoes for the boardroom and for weddings – any occasion that requires a little more finesse than our beloved trainers. We’re not saying that trainers aren’t ‘proper’ – in fact, we’re big fans of evolved dress codes and an elevated pair of sneakers. However, the shoes listed below mean business. Despite the fact that, for many, trainers are now the de facto go-to for day-to-day dressing, we would argue that a pair of formal shoes are one of the building blocks of an adult wardrobe. Regardless of whether you work at an uber-trendy start-up in Shoreditch, every man needs a Derby or a loafer in his footwear arsenal. So, here it goes, step up your game in these classic men’s shoes.

A black leather Gucci square toe loafer with a silver GG buckle


Gucci’s reputation for the finest Italian leather goods precedes it, and these buckle loafers are a prime example of their unrivalled pedigree. Back in business.

Black leather chunky Valentino Derby shoes with a heavy sole and VLTN logo printed on it


A more rebellious style than the classic Oxford or slim-line loafer, these chunky Valentino Derby shoes are for the well-heeled renegade with a penchant for luxury.

A brown leather classic Gucci Jordan loafer with a slim silhoette and gold horsebit metal detail


An uncontested classic with icon status, Gucci’s Jordan loafers with horsebit hardware are one of the most famous shoes on the planet. Worn by the world’s most discerning men, wear with laid-back tailoring and a suave attitude.

 High polish Dolce & Gabbana black leather wingtip brogues with detailing


These wingtip Dolce & Gabbana brogues in polished leather give meaning to the phrase ‘well heeled’. For business and pleasure, they’re a smart choice for any man looking to fix up and look sharp.

High shine black patent Giuseppe Zanotti loafers


An alternative choice for the modern man, these patent Giuseppe Zanotti loafers fit the bill for black tie dressing with a difference. Do not wear with socks.