Spotlight On: Men’s Dress Shoes

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Freshen up your 9-5 (and beyond) with this season’s key styles from our Men’s Dress collection. From classic oxfords to statement-making wingtips, these shoes are infused with the latest in comfort technology, and will take you from coffee to commute to cocktails with ease.

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Pictured: Ellingwood ($110)

The Ellingwood cap toe is much more than your average oxford. A polyurethane outsole provides shock absorption to reduce foot fatigue, while Hydro-Shield® construction helps to keep feet dry. From work to weddings, these versatile lace-ups will quickly become your go-to dress shoes.

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Pictured: Everyday Business Penny Loafer ($120)

Have a penchant for penny loafers? The Everyday Business penny loafers are classically styled and crafted for all-day comfort. Brought to you in luxe leathers, these slip-ons feature durable outsoles, padded midsoles, and are versatile enough to be worn with your best suit or your favorite denim.

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Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Plain Toe ($130)

We’re seeing more and more men opt for athletic-dress hybrids like our Total Motion Sport Dress plain toes. With truTECH® technology for lightweight shock absorption, and TPU molded stability plates for stability and flexibility, these lace-ups have the looks of a dress shoe but feel like your favorite pair of sneakers.

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Pictured: Total Motion Sport Dress Wingtip ($130)

Branch out from classic black with our Total Motion Sport Dress wingtips. Available in a wide array of colors – from black cherry to bold blue – these wingtips are sure to make a statement at your next business meeting or night on the town. Plus, they offer the same comfort tech as the plain toe version for 24/7 support.

Looking for more dress options? Head over to our full Men’s Dress collection, or check out our Men’s Dress Shoe Guide for the dress styles every man should have in his closet.

 

On The Road With Neyla Pekarek

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Neyla Pekarek, cellist and vocalist formerly of The Lumineers, released her debut solo album “Rattlesnake” last month. She kicked off her tour in Nashville at The Grand Ole Opry, then the Sundance Film Festival, and is now touring with fellow-Coloradans, Devotchka. We caught up with Neyla on her must-have tour essentials and why Rockport is her go-to shoe when she’s traveling or performing.

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Becoming a full-time touring musician was an unexpected and delightful surprise to me. I studied to be a music teacher, and shortly after graduation, on a whim, I joined my very first band (off of a Craig’s List ad, no less); this band became The Lumineers, and I was soon traveling the world, playing shows in front of thousands of people, on just about every continent. It was a sharp learning curve, figuring out how to live out of a suitcase, and prioritizing what to take along on the road, and after 8 years of trial and error, packing way too many art supplies in my bag, and not nearly enough socks, I think I’ve got it figured out. I am taking off for my very first solo tour this month, in support of my debut solo record, Rattlesnake, and below are 5 of my tried and true tour essentials I will be taking along.

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Neyla in her Cobb Hill Abbott Panel Boots. (Photo: Nolan Knight)

My 5 Tour Essentials:

1. My Rockport Cobb Hill Aria Boots: Typically, I only get a day (or less) in a city, and the best way to get a quick snapshot of that city is to take a stroll, and comfy shoes are a must. I typically try to find the cutest coffee shop in town with the tastiest cortado, and I lace up my favorite fashionable Aria boots and hit the pavement. I even trekked through a snow storm in NYC recently, on my way to see a new musical, Girl From North Country, and these kept my feet dry, comfortable, and stylish enough for a night out at the theater.

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Neyla in her Cobb Hill Aria Boots. (Photos: Nolan Knight)

2. A Good Notebook & a Good Pen: Journaling is great way for me to decompress in what is often a very fast paced and hectic environment of being on the road. I often write letters to loved ones far away, and have an epic rubber stamp collection (it’s hard to choose which ones to bring!) because who doesn’t love getting fun mail? It’s also a great way to jot down memories that may otherwise be swept away in the chaos.

3. Noise Canceling Headphones: At the risk of ruining the romantic ideas of life on the road as a musician, any seasoned band member will agree it’s a whole lot of waiting—in airports, in green rooms, in vans, in buses, in hotel rooms—and a great way to find some peace and quiet is to pop some noise canceling headphones on and listen to the calming sounds of the latest episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or escape with the original cast recording of Hamilton.

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Neyla in Nashville in her Cobb Hill Vcut Booties. (Photo: Nolan Knight)

4. My Kindle: As much as I treasure a real book in my hands, the smell of the paper, and dog-earring the corners of pages I like, traveling with a kindle or e-reader is so efficient. Any effort to spend less time staring at my phone, and more time reading is appreciated; plus, having all 7 Harry Potter books at my fingertips is just the type of security blanket I need. And I still read bonafide paper books when I’m at home on a break from touring.

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Neyla in her “Rattlesnake Kate” dress replica and metallic Cobb Hill Angelina t-straps. (Photo: Liza Nelson)

5. My Rockport Cobb Hill Angelina T-Straps: My album, Rattlesnake, is a song cycle based around the real life of Colorado pioneer, Kate McHale Slaughterback, who became notorious in the 1920s for a death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration, in which she killed 140 snakes to save her life, and that of her 3 year old son. She gathered the snake skins and fashioned herself a flapper-style gown that she wore to parties and fancy events, earning her nickname, Rattlesnake Kate. Finding the perfect shoes for my live show to match the (faux) rattlesnake dress replica, that allow me to feel sturdy when nerves might try to get the best of me, but also make me feel glamorous, was not an easy feat; but I found just that in the metallic Cobb Hill Angelina T-Strap.

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Neyla Pekarek performs at Rockwood Music Hall. 

Head over to Neyla’s site for more info, and be sure to check out more Cobb Hill styles here.

Neyla’s Upcoming Tour Dates:

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

Mar 28 – Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel

Mar 29 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

April 1 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

April 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

April 4 – Boston, MA @ The Red Room @ Cafe 939

April 8 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage

April 9 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub

April 12  – Buffalo, NY @ Ninth Ward

April 13  – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall

April 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

April 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection

April 17 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE

 

Header photo: Liza Nelson

Spotlight On: Men’s Bestsellers

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The people have spoken. From dress shoes to chukka boots, these are some of the men’s styles that are currently winning the popularity contest. CH1235_MAIN

Pictured: Slayter Plain Toe ($120)

The Slayter Plain Toe is a classic dress shoe with modern comfort. Featuring truTECH® technology for lightweight shock absorption, these oxfords will take you straight from work to an evening out with ease.

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Pictured: Slayter Bike Shoe ($120)

If you prefer the ease of a slip-on, go for the Slayter Bike shoe– also a bestseller. Offering the same comfort tech as the lace-up version, these dress shoes can be worn with anything from everyday denim to dress suits.

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Pictured: Total Motion Classic Dress Wingtip ($130)

The Total Motion Sport Dress wingtips offer all the comfort and breathability of your favorite pair of sneakers, wrapped in a modern dress profile. Perfect for the office or a night out, these oxfords feature removable EVA footbeds for lightweight impact absorption and cushioning. Available in an array of colorways, from classic black to bold blue.

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Pictured: Northfield ($110)

If you’re looking for something more casual, check out the Northfield oxford. This rugged lace-up features Hydro-Shield® waterproof construction, and Polyeurethane Kinetic Air Circulator for underfoot cushioning and active air circulation. You can find more waterproof shoes like this here.

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Pictured: Marshall Rugged Moc Toe ($145)

If boots are more your bag, go for the Marshall Rugged Moc Toe chukkas. With rugged good-looks and EVA outsoles for flexible lightweight impact absorption, these boots are built for all-day comfort.

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Pictured: Colle Tie ($110)

Up your athleisure game with the Colle Tie shoes, featuring embossed textures, distressed leathers, and removable Ortholite® footbeds for lightweight breathability and durability. Bonus: an anti-microbial lining allows for easy, sock-free wear.

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Pictured: Cold Springs Plus Low Tie Boot ($115)

Hit the trails in the Cold Springs Plus Low Tie boots. Made to maintain confident footing on varied terrain, these trail boots are built with Hydro-Shield® waterproof construction, moisture-wicking linings, and rubber outsoles.

For more top styles, head over to our Bestsellers page for the complete roundup.