The best casual shoes for men make dressing for almost any situation—in almost any season—a total snap. To be clear, when we say “casual shoes,” we’re using the term extremely liberally (i.e. as a catchall phrase that encompasses everything from suede Chelsea boots to swanky high-top sneakers). Basically, if you wouldn’t wear them to tear up a wedding dance floor or break ankles on the court, you’ll find a version of them included here. Wear ’em day-drinking in the park on a sunny weekend afternoon, wear ’em to your snotty nephew’s backyard piano recital, wear ’em on that IRL date you lined up months ago in an ill-fated burst of unbridled optimism.
What, you might ask, makes all these shoes so worthy of your hard-earned dollars? An unparalleled ability to elevate your spring style, for one. A certain seasonally-appropriate versatility, for another. So forget that time-honored debate over whether you should build your outfit from the top down or bottom up—once you throw on a pair of the best casual shoes for men, it won’t matter whether you’re rocking chinos or shorts or sweats. From classic sneakers to sleek loafers, consider this a definitive guide to every type of casual men’s shoe—lace-ups and slip-ons and chukkas—that should be on your radar right now. Here, without further delay, are the 23 best casual shoes for men in 2021.
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