Menswear Inspired Shoes

There is something so cool about women’s shoes that have been inspired by menswear. I guess I’ve always been drawn to a melange of male and female looks for women. Even at the gym, I’d much rather dress it down guy style than parade around in pink leggings.

The same is true for my shoes. Thus, these menswear-themed loafers are my lust item du jour. Why? Because they are so versatile. They can take you from spring to summer to fall to winter, depending on where you live. I don’t think any other shoe can make that claim as beautifully. This is also a classic aesthetic that has been around for decades and  shows no sign of fading. Investing in a good pair will reward you for years to come…probably until you fully exhaust them from wear.

Whether you like yours embellished with bows, feathers, and pearls, textured in raffia, or simple and straightforward, there is pair out there for you.

Here are my top 10 menswear inspired shoes for women.

  1. Clergerie’s Jaly Lace-Up Slip-On Raffia Derby Shoes. Now on sale for $346 at

2. Koche Jewel and Crystal Embellished Derby Shoes. $469.

They also come in a green snakeskin variety. Oh, la, la.

Koché Jewel and crystal embellished leather loafers

3. Burberry Bertram Topstitch Leather Brogues. $371.

4. A.P.C. Autumn Leather Derby Shoes. $220.

5. Rochas Scallop-Edged Leather Shoes. $496.


6. Toga’s Point-Toe Cut-Cut Leather Shoe. $209.

7. Prada’s Stud-Embellished Leather Shoe. $594.

8. Maison Margiela’s Contrast Mesh-Panelled Shoe. $442.

9. Nicolas Kirkwood’s Casati Pearl-Heeled Lace Shoes. $766.

Nicholas Kirkwood Casati pearl-heeled lace derby shoes

10. Rupert Sanderson’s Rosebud Feather-Embellished Buckle Leather Flats. $356.


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