For something in-between in terms of style and price, check out Aldo -- yes, the shoe store in every mall in America. Buy one pair in brown for khakis and earth tones, and one in black for everything else.
If you like a more casual look, consider any style of loafer from classic designers like L.L.Bean and Florsheim.
But since loafers scream preppie, either dress the part -- i.e., slim khakis (Unis), a gingham button-down shirt (J.Crew) and a solid tie -- or wear them with a pair of colorful socks from Paul Smith for a hint of irony.
Outside the office, you need one stylish alternative to the dress shoe. You can't go wrong with a desert, or chukka, boot, which works equally well with casual slacks or jeans.
Of course, sneakers are the cornerstone of every man's weekend wardrobe. However, you don't always have to wear cross-trainers.
There is no better classic-yet-cool sneaker than the Converse. Traditionalists favor Chuck Taylor (high or low-top) and will wear them until they look like something you would've seen on James Dean.
If you want sneakers with a little more style, choose a Jack Percel low-top. White, black or navy works with everything from jeans to a casual cotton suit, or you can make a bolder statement with a red pair, which goes great with black and neutrals and looks amazing once it's really worn in.
Common Projects makes what I call a grownup sneaker -- a little pricey ($400+) but well worth the investment. This simple low- or high-top has no decoration except for an uber-subtle gold-foil serial number on the side.
For a change of pace, consider a natural-colored gum sole. This stays cleaner-looking for much longer than a white sole and lets the world know that you've got game.
Annie Psaltirasis aLos Angeles-based fashion stylist whose clients have includedVanity Fair, Flaunt, GQ and Rolling Stone. Her regular celeb clients include Justin Timberlake, Aaron Eckhart and Zach Galifianakis.
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