Since the inception of TVG, our 11 Quality Shoe Brands You Need to Know article has been the undisputed champion of clicks. That piece was put together years ago, and whilst the brands within it are still relevant and of course still ‘quality’, the landscape has evolved. New manufacturers of men’s dress shoes are entering the market, selling products direct to the consumer at a reduced price, often with parts of the process moving to Asia. Naturally, the quality drops, but the designs and construction process remain largely the same, influenced by the English and Italian brands I mentioned in my previous article.
What you need to consider when purchasing men’s dress shoes or formal footwear, whether it be for weddings or for work, is longevity. Looking for a Goodyear welted, or hand-welted shoe, will allow for multiple resolings, and the prospect of owning your shoes for decades, if cared for properly.
The following collection of manufacturers all produce stylish and serviceable shoes with varying technique but do so at an accessible price. Some of the brands below are notably more credible than others, but all offer a solid value proposition depending on your budget. Randy and I have covered a few of these brands in the past and provided links for further reading below. Here’s our list of 8 Best Men’s Dress Shoes Under $500.Black Tie Guide and Wardrobe Essentials. In our opinion, they’re the perfect everyday work shoe and a steal at $175 US ($233 AUD).in depth review of the Esclusiv shoe which retails for roughly US$195 (Approx. $245 AUD). You’d be hard-pressed to find men’s dress shoes of this quality, at this price, at any retailer in Australia.here.Skoaktiebolaget for $369 AUD.Amazon Fashion is one of the best places to purchase, with prices ranging from the hundreds up to $500 AUD.Skoaktiebolaget ($470) and the Carmina Outlet have products available for under $500, and if you’re keen to shop the brand in Sydney or Melbourne you can head to Double Monk (I’m not certain on prices in store though).
Feature Image: Skoaktiebolaget