Pictured: Ferragamo pebbled Carmelo balmorals and Ferragamo cap-toe double monk shoes

When it comes to building a proper closet, you’ll want to start from the ground up. Literally. Shoes—the timeless styles, especially—form the foundation upon which the rest of your wardrobe can be assembled.

Below, we separate the bluchers from the brogues with our guide to seven styles every gent should own. So, take stock and then take action over on Barneys.com.

1

THE DRESS SHOE

For more formal affairs, discriminating dressers should reach for classic black Prada bluchers. The three minimal eyelets keep things sleek and streamlined.

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PRADA Bluchers

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2

THE SNEAKER

Whether it’s an ultra casual slip-on or an over-the-top hightop with channel-quilted leather, a handsome pair of sneakers is essential for running around the city, day and night.

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GIVENCHY Sneakers

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3

THE WINGTIP

Navy and light-colored suits need a brown dress shoe, like these wingtip oxfords (also known as brogues) from John Lobb. Buy once and wear forever. 

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JOHN LOBB Darby II

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4

THE DRIVER

Sure, they’re called driving shoes, but soft suede loafers with a rubber pebble sole are great for simply milling about. Socks or no socks—it’s your call.

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TOD’S Burnished Tie Drivers

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5

THE CHUKKA

It may be a boot, but the chukka is a surprisingly season-less shoe. A pull tab makes them easy to put on and take off—a good thing, as these ultra-soft standbys will be in heavy rotation all year long.  

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OFFICINE CREATIVE

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6

THE MONKSTRAP

Step up your dress shoe game with a pair of old school double monkstraps. Impress at the office or turn heads on Saturday night—they add instant style cred.   

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BATTISTONI Cap Toe Double Monk Shoe

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7

THE COLD WEATHER BOOT

Don’t let another polar vortex catch you off guard. A rugged pair of rubber-soled boots with high-contrast red lacing is the picture of preparedness. 

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Men’s Boots

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