If you don’t mind, we would like to give you a little but huge advice from your friends at MONGE: the one shoe every man should have in his wardrobe is a black lace-up. This is for us the same as the “Little Black Dress” is for women.

It seems simple but most of the guys we have asked they just don’t even know or say “…yes I have a square toe ones that I bought twelve years ago…“. Big mistake! Run for buying a good pair of black lace-ups because you can dress it up or dress it down; they will work with everything from jeans to suits. And that’s the thing—don’t think of it as special-occasion footwear.

If you are already persuaded we recommend you going for handmade quality ones like our Scott model. Consider it as an investment because if you take care of them they will last forever. And please, avoid ornate details and you’ll be able to wear the shoes as easily to the office as to the nightclub.