Style picks

Berluti Alessio.
Berluti Alessio.PHOTO: BERLUTI
Grenson Monty.
Grenson Monty.PHOTO: THE BLIND COBBLER
Ed Et Al.
Ed Et Al.PHOTO: ED ET AL
Santoni.
Santoni.PHOTO: MR PORTER
Septieme Largeur.
Septieme Largeur.PHOTO: SEPTIEME LARGEUR
Carmina 922 Rain.
Carmina 922 Rain.PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Berluti Alessio, $2,290, from 01-13 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

As the line between dress shoes and casual shoes continue to blur, French brand Berluti has launched this on-trend pair in celebration of its 120th anniversary. It's a sporty reworking of its iconic Alessandro design. Its sole is composed of layers of leather, rubber and Micro, a material typically found in sports equipment.


Grenson Monty, $555, from The Blind Cobbler at 98 Club Street

Suede is notoriously difficult to maintain, but not when it comes in a rich chocolate brown, which hides water marks and dirt stains well. Still, you should buy a suede spray to protect the shoes. For casual Fridays, pair this with dark denim.


Ed Et Al City Hall, $349, from 01-67 Millenia Walk

A reasonably priced pair of dress shoes that is sleek and sharp for all your formal needs.


Santoni, US$975 (S$1328.83), from www.mrporter.com

Forget the laces and go places with this pair of monkstraps from Italian brand Santoni. Its bright red soles add a pop to your step. Wear these with cuffed jeans to show off your socks.


Septieme Largeur, $800, from 01-16, 3 Pickering Street

This French brand is known for its unconventionally coloured dress shoes, like this pair of rich purple penny loafers.


Carmina 922 Rain, $745, from 01-66 Capitol Piazza

A good investment for something that is designed to last a long time. This is Goodyear welted, which means that you can resole it again and again. The suede panels add a dash of contemporary cool to this pair of brogues.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - SCSHOES23E'. Print Edition | Subscribe