Long hours at the office climbing the corporate ladder mean finding the right shoe is essential. You need comfort to get you through your schedule, and confidence for those important client presentations. Be bold and select from our top picks.
Timeless. With its unmistakable perforated wing tip brogue detailing this classic shoe style has been walking the corridors of business for half a century. Not one to rest on its laurels, the brogue is constantly being refreshed by designers to ensure it maintains its relevance in the corporate wardrobe. Aquila Walters Black is a new cut, featuring elongated round toe and a blake stitched sole. Crafted from calf leather, create an ensemble by complementing with a square-buckled Aquila Donovan Black Belt and highlight with the unique colouring of Bermo Tiger Eye Cufflinks.
When it comes to choosing a shoe you can be comfortable and confident wearing, the classic Oxford lace-up is an essential – this British-born style of men's shoes is all about business. An assured Oxford such as Aquila Ballantine Black, crafted from leather throughout, will gently soften with wear whilst maintaining its shape and style. Build a sophisticated outfit with a dark suit, accented with a pair of Aquila Zen Mother of Pearl Cufflinks and the muted tones of a Wurt Spice Tie.
The key style difference between the Oxford and Derby? Oxfords have the eyelet tabs stitched beneath the vamp, Derbys have them stitched over the top. Simple. And the Derby's shape and styling are just as at home in the business environment. Aquila Mahoney Black is a perfect example of this urbane lace-up, constructed from cow leather with an elongated toe for a classic timeless shoe. Accessorise with a pair of bold Aquila Blake Gunmetal Cufflinks and a Caleb Tie with white striped stitch detail.
Formal shoes are at the elegant end of business footwear yet still office-friendly. The simple sophistication of a confident dress shoe such as Aquila Bainbridge Black can complement your suit or smart outfit. Create your look with a dark grey suit, combined with Aquila Donovan Black Belt's contrast stitching and Connor Pink Tie with accented polka dot feature. The no-nonsense nature of a pointed toe lace-up makes it a suave staple of every modern man's wardrobe.
Preferably lace-up, a sophisticated chisel-toe leather boot like Aquila Stanley Black is perfect for office wear in the winter months – the leather upper and rubber combination sole makes it ready for the weather. Styling your look with a boot instead of a shoe can add a confident masculine edge. Compliment with the embossed geometric detailing of an Aquila Kennedy Black Belt and add a Belen Red Tie for a colour focal point. The weekend style bonus: most men's boots are versatile enough to be dressed down for smart-casual assignments.