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The Best Black Shoes for Men to Buy in 2020
Back-to-school season is upon us, though it’s likely to be happening from home for most people. From the ultimate pencil case to work from home slippers, our Homecoming: Preparing for a Back-to-School at Home hub is a virtual class in new-age school essentials.
For the past decade or more, sneakers have been the MVP of the shoe game, pushing aside traditionally respected styles to take the number-one spot on most-popular and most-expensive tables everywhere. The collectability of sneakers may well be the driving force behind this cultural revolution, but have we hit critical mass? Recent shows like Prada, Lemaire, Dries Van Noten, and many more exhibited Spring 2021 collections that firmly suggested a move from high fashion’s streetwear obsession. While you might expect it from names like that, Off-White’s focus on soft tailoring seemed a more trustworthy sign of the beginning of the end for sneakers and streetwear. We may well be entering a post-sneaker era.
If this is the case, it’s always better to be ahead of the curve, so start sizing yourself up for a pair of black leather shoes today. This may well be unfamiliar territory for you but fear not because the Highsnobiety curators have been hard at work doing the legwork by rounding up the best black leather shoes which are ideal for back-to-school. We’re going to go ahead and assume that you’re more focussed when you look down to see a pair of freshly polished Dr. Martens than your slippers.
Shop the best black shoes below
Dr. Martens Adrian Tassel Loafer
Dr. Martens’ treats the classic tassel loafer to its unmistakably chunky style for the Adrian Tassel Loafer. We love this style because it allows you to express a bit more character than a traditional penny loafer.
Norwegian label Mephisto combines high-quality suede and full-grain leather to give the Peppo a textural boost. This classic workwear styles easily with wide-leg pants and shorts.
If you like to maintain the status quo, opt for the original leather iteration of the shoe.
Birkenstock London Clog
Birkenstock has firmly grabbed the attention of the under-30s in recent weeks and we’re here for it. The London Clog sits somewhere in between a sandal and a formal shoe which makes it the ideal transition style for any still reluctant to enter the post-sneaker world.
Gucci Horsebit Leather Loafers
The Gucci Horsebit Loafer has been the loafer of choice for discerning gents since its release in 1953. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.