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Searching for more ethical and sustainable men’s dress shoes for an upcoming event or a polished day-to-day look? We’ve tracked down the best responsible footwear brands making Derby shoes, Oxfords, boots, and sneaker styles to suit your tastes.
Match your dress shoes to your morals
As much as athleisure has taken centre stage in recent years, there are some times in life when sneakers won’t cut it.
Whether you need a new pair of shoes for the office, you have a formal event coming up, or you just prefer a polished day-to-day look for your footwear, our editors have scoured the “Good” and “Great” rated brands for more sustainable men’s dress shoes.
What sets these brands apart is their commitment to taking action to reduce their impacts. Unlike the shoes you might buy from a chain shop or a fast fashion brand, these shoes are made from higher-quality and lower-impact materials. You’re likely to get a lot more life out of these. And you’ll be supporting brands that are more transparent and accountable for their impacts to workers and animals across the supply chain.
From cork bluchers to classic leather Oxfords, you’re bound to find your perfect match. And don’t forget: second hand stores and apps or clothing swaps are a great place to start your search. If you’re looking to buy new, we’ve rounded up links to where you can shop better rated brands.
A note on degendering fashion
While this article may be addressing keywords on men’s dress shoes, here’s the simple truth: clothes don’t have any gender. It sometimes seems silly how the industry ascribes gender to inanimate garments like t-shirts and socks (and in this case, shoes). We believe people of all genders should be able to express themselves however they want, regardless of the binary marketing. So when you use our directory to search for brands, we automatically deliver search results without any consideration to gender. If you still want to find products labelled as menswear or womenswear, you can use our filters.