Stepping Out: The 5 Best Spring Dress Shoes

Warm weather presents its own set of challenges unique to the shifting seasons. It’s a relief to be able to shelve your sturdy winter boots, but that doesn’t mean any old pair of shoes will do in the interim — particularly when you’re looking at dressier scenarios. Days at the office, nights on the town and travel in between calls for versatility,durability and style in spades. That’s why it pays off to invest in crisp shoes that can bridge the gap between a tailored suit and a slim T-shirt. Work in some seasonally appropriate texture, and consider yourself set for style scenarios aplenty. From designer collabs to limited releases, these are the best spring dress shoes — maybe ever?

Jack Erwin Charlie Penny Loafer in Brown ($175)


Because spring isn’t all about wingtips and bluchers, it’s worth it to have a pair of sharp-yet-casual loafers on hand. The contrast stitching and rich brown color help these fall right in the middle of the style spectrum — completely appropriate for work, yet suitable for pairing with khaki shorts and a short-sleeve henley on the weekends.

Cole Haan + Todd Snyder Willet Longwing in Cognac ($290)


The famed American has again teamed up with Cole Haan to deliver a well-edited set of crisp footwear that’s the perfect complement to the Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers collaboration. The eye-catching longwing style and rich cognac leather will work exceptionally up against dark denim or a chambray suit.

Cole Haan + Todd Snyder Willet Cap Toe Oxford in Java Suede ($270)


For a change of pace, switch to a simpler suede blucher that sticks with open lacing and a captoe for more visual interest. Brown suede is a nice way to step into spring when you rock these with slim white jeans or off-white chinos and a navy polo. It’s tough to wrong, to say the least.

Alden for J. Crew Bluchers in Snuff Suede ($550)


Direct from the oldest shoemaker in New England, we’ve got another pair of stylish suede bluchers that strike the perfect tone between being too stuffy and too relaxed. The decently slim profile and rich suede make these worth the investment — if you’re into American craftsmanship, this is the shoe for you.

Taylor Stitch Longwing in Peanut Suede ($365)


If you thought Taylor Stitch was only about its famous slim chinos, think again. They’ve knocked it out of the park with a limited release that’s about as handsome as a pair of longwings can get. The peanut suede comes from Horween, and these handmade shoes should more than pass the test at everything from board meetings to weekend outings.

The above picks, while not reflective of the full spectrum of menswear, should do you solidly for everything from spring patio parties to summer weddings to (hopefully short) days at the office. Any picks we missed? Follow The Manual on Twitter and let us know.