Mad Men: Channelling your inner Don Draper
When it comes to men’s style, there are few who pull off ‘the look’ quite as well as Mad Men’s Don Draper. With his handsome looks and sophisticated sartorial tastes, it’s no wonder Don has been a style icon for contemporary men since he first appeared on our screens more than 10 years ago.
If you’d like to channel your inner Don Draper, take a look at these must-have shoes and easy to recreate looks that will guarantee you’ll look as dapper as Don in no time.
The Derby is the ultimate everyday shoe for the discerning man. This fashion-forward style features an adjustable open lacing system, offering comfort and the versatility of a shoe that will take you from a busy day in the office to after work drinks in the city, team a Derby with a beige or navy chino, casual shirt and well-cut blazer. For a strictly professional look, wear a single-breasted slim cut suit, crisp white shirt and skinny tie – à la ‘The Don’ himself.
For a more contemporary Derby, opt for the Bach Dress Shoe in black, handcrafted in Italy from luxurious textural leather. Choose the Beethoven Dress Shoe in dark brown to give your Draper a more Clooney-like twist. Handcrafted in premium Italian leather, the Beethoven features refined detailing and a handsome silhouette ideal for a day in the office.
The classic Brogue is a must-have in any sophisticated man’s shoe collection. The Brogue is similar to the Derby but signature detailing along the edge of the shoe give it added character.
The beauty of this craftsmanship lies in its versatility. For a casual weekend look during the cooler months, team a Brogue with a cuffed chino or blue jean, casual linen shirt, scarf and a classic trench. Following Don Draper’s lead, choose a high-collared tan or black trench that contrasts in colour with the rest of your outfit.
For a more professional look, pair your Brogues with a matching leather belt, slimline navy suit or sports coat and pants, and shirt. Always have your shirts and suits altered by a good tailor for that perfect fit.
For a classic Brogue full of history and character, the Nick Dress Shoe in dark brown is a great choice. Or if you’re looking for a black or tan style, opt for the Elton Dress Shoe. Both styles are handcrafted in Spain from premium leather with quality Goodyear welted soles.
The Dress Boot
For an effortlessly stylish look during the cooler months, the classic Chelsea boot is an unbeatable choice. Defined by its elasticated panels, making this look easy to slip on and comfortable to wear.
Dress them for the office with tailored pants, a leather belt, shirt and jacket for a relaxed yet equally smart look. Try pairing it with a jean, or chino, cuffed shirt and woollen coat for a weekend look that would wow any Hollywood producer. This is the type of style that will take you anywhere from a sporting event to an art exhibition, movie or dinner with friends.
For a premium quality Chelsea, opt for the Colin Dress Boot in dark brown. Handcrafted in Spain from top grain leather, this style features Goodyear-welted soles that enable ongoing refurbishments to the shoe. For a brown suede or black leather Chelsea, give the Frederic Dress Boot a go. This classic style features quality burnished European leather with patterned elastic gusset and other detailing.
The Casual Boot
Sporting a casual boot is a versatile touch to outfits for both work and play. Imagine yourself cruising upstate along the Hudson; a perfect Mad Men inspired getaway, with the perfect companion, a good casual boot that will fuse fashion and comfort. This classic boot is the perfect choice for autumn and winter weekends away, or brunching and brewery hopping with friends.
Pop on the casual boot with rolled up blue or black relaxed style jeans, a chunky woollen knit and a casual denim, leather or suede jacket.
The Romeo Casual Boot in brown is an easy-to-wear weekender boot handcrafted in Italy. Combining premium leather with practical padded details, functional hardware, and sturdy soles. The Frostino Casual Boot in brown is a great choice if you’re looking for classic styling with an added touch. These handsome lace-up boots are handmade from premium Italian leather and feature traditional brogue detailing.
One final style tip:
In true Don Draper style, never leave the house without your footwear looking perfectly polished and spotless. As they say, you can always judge a man by his shoes.
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