The Under $70.00 Bang Around Oxford
Dressing well while staying completely casual ain’t easy. Most guys put on a pair of old jeans, an untucked button up, and finish it off with a pair of falling apart running shoes. A few quick switches with one addition can take that post-work or weekend outfit, and turn it into something that looks… well, good.
It starts with the shoes. Running shoes are for running, lifting weights, or cutting the grass. That’s about it. When it’s your down time, instead reach for a pair of ready to get beat up oxfords.
The Steve Madden Townsend comes in brown or black, has a nicely rounded but not too dressy toe, and is as plain as can be. The Rockport Almartin is an attention getter, dressed up in suede with wingtip styling, and a ridiculously low price of $36.99. The Astor Suede from Calvin Klein is the direct mid-point between the other two. Available in the lighter, summer ready “putty” color shown up top, or in a darker brown over at Endless.com for about the same price.
Now… for the rest of the outfit, tuck in the shirt (or maybe don’t), add a casual cotton blazer, and a weekend style canvas watch. You’re set. Just as comfortable, just as relaxed, and about 15 steps up on the style scale.