“This isn’t the Bush Whitehouse. We don’t wear cowboy boots. We wear shoes, real shoes. Thinking man shoes.” ~ Cyrus Beene #Scandal
Granted there are some men who think in cowboy boots, but on tonight’s episode of ABC’s Scandal, Cyrus made a pretty meaningful statement when he scolded young Ethan on the aesthetic the new (yet make believe) Republican aesthetic. The Whitehouse, much like the rest of Political America, is safe, traditional, and longstanding when it comes to fashion. So the real, “thinking man shoes” are simple in color, sleek in shape, and minimal in details, unless you’re a true agent for change. Here are my top five Thinking Man Shoes for all the politicos and non-political Gladiators. Each pair can be found on MR. PORTER.
Mr Hare Jodphur Suede Buckled Ankle Boots, $695 – If you want to wear boots, do it like this. The suede boot is perfect for the season, and are versatile for the most casual or professional moments. Whether you’re cropping and tapering your pants to show the full style, or still playing it safe with a longer break, you’re still showing off how much you’re into finer details with this boot.
Alexander McQueen Suede Oxford, $595 – Another suede shoe, but simple and subtle in detail. Its all about the color with this oxford. While its not a loud statement, everyone will notice when pairing this with a navy suit.
Grenson Angus Leather Wingtip Brogues, $405 – A strong pair of brogues are ideal for those days you can slip into the office in denim. The stitching and details of the wingtip offer enough distraction to make the most simple pants and shirt look styled and intentional.
John Lobb William Leather Monkstraps, 1,175 – This is a shoe that you treat like a classic car. Keep them shined, buffed, covered when not worn, and they will last you a lifetime. A monkstrap with a simple rounded toe will withstand this current monkstrap era, where the buckles are all some people care about.
Lanvin Burnished-Leather Brogues, $1,095 – When you buy burnish, you buy character. A pair of burnished-leather brogues will only look better with age. The rich color pairs well with any color suit, and you can play with the finish by skipping a shoe shine or two.