dress shoes

The Goods



The Look: modern brogues are smart, sturdy and not at all stodgy

This season, everyone’s favourite (boring) office shoe is the height of cool. But instead of staid black and brown, they’re best in blue, burgundy and even hot pink. Bonus style points for contrasting socks.

The Look: Going Brogue

Shown above:

Giorgio Armani
blue leather brogues, $625. Harry Rosen, 82 Bloor St. W., 416-972-0556.

Harris Vard
wine leather brogues, $595. Davids, 66 Bloor St. W., 416-920-1000.

John Varvatos Griffin
grey suede brogues, $225. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333.

Ralph Lauren
blue suede brogues, $550. Jonathan + Olivia, 49 Ossington Ave., 416-849-5956.

Cooper Square
wingtips, $330. Cole Haan, 101 Bloor St. W., 416-926-7575.

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The Goods



The Find: shoelaces (no, seriously, these ones are awesome)

There are a number of shoe options for men: fancy brogues, casual brogues, wingtips, chukka boots, godawful fur atrocities, creepers, oxfords, spectators, loafers and more. What there aren’t a lot of are shoelace options for our dressier shoes. We recently stumbled upon David Barclay’s Stolen Riches, a Toronto-based online shoelace manufacturer who seemingly grew tired of white laces getting dirty and black, brown and grey laces looking like, um, everyone else’s laces. Right now, his creations are only made for three to four and five to six pairs of eyelets, but there’s word of boot and sneaker laces coming down the pipeline. Just like at Pitti Uomo this year and Dunhill last year. We’re just happy to have a local dealer who can take care of our penchant for ostentatious colour. $14.50.

Stolen Riches, 416-560-0246, stolenriches.com.