Our Top Five Mens-Inspired Shoes from Cole Haan, Miu Miu and More

Keri Hilson in Cole Haan's LunarGrand Wingtip

Keri Hilson in Cole Haan’s LunarGrand Wingtip

Vertigo-inducing, skyscraper-high heels get all the attention — especially among the celeb set and the style-blogger-obsessed Internet. But for a few ladies, such as It-girl Alexa Chung and the always-chic Keri Hilson, opting for something a little less expected gives them an edge on the rest of the pack (and comfort).

The key to wearing it? Don’t go all-out schoolboy. Pair your pair of flats with über-feminine pieces such as floral prints, structured handbags and peplums to balance out the high testosterone levels happening south of your ankles.

Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip

Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip

One of the first brands to embrace the borrow-from-the boys style was Cole Haan, which integrates high-tech elements such as Nike Air technology, ultra lite Lunarlon cushioning and a non-slip sole into their LunarGrand Wingtip ($248). Available in classic colors, we’re feeling the neon-soled offerings for the Indian summer and the upcoming fall season. In addition to browns and blacks, the shoe is available in eye-catching combos, including turquoise with grey and oxblood paired with a fuchsia sole.

Available at www.colehaan.com

J. Crew Toni Tassel Loafers

J. Crew Toni Tassel Loafers

Tassel loafers are seeing a huge resurgence in the menswear world (according to GQ and the online forums, that is), so it’s not surprising that J. Crew is borrowing from their always-growing mens’ department for this season’s must-have shoe. The Toni Tassel Loafers ($238) take the Mad Men-style staple and give it a few feminine tweaks. The softer spectator coloring, along with a softer toe-box and slight heel make this something you can wear with your favorite pants or a summer sundress. In case the brown and black is just a little too butch for your bow blouses, Jenna and her team also have the Toni on offer in an eye-searing hot pink.

Available at www.jcrew.com

Tory Burch Suede Kendrick Driver

Tory Burch Suede Kendrick Driver

Another menswear must-have? The driving shoe (for all the Italian sportscars you have in your garage, of course). While Tod’s has been crafting girly versions of the shoe for decades, the soft suede and perfect summer-into-fall mustard color of the Tory Burch Suede Kendrick Driver ($275) has our engines revving.

It has classic driving shoe trappings such as a nubby rubber sole and moccasin-style stitching, but Burch adds her signature hardware to make it a drool-worthy choice for any lady who lunches or woman on the go. Trust us, it’s time to give your trusty Revas a break.

Available at www.toryburch.com

Miu Miu Glitter Oxford

Miu Miu Glitter Finish Leather Brogue

Leave it to Miu Miu to create another covetable (and wait-list worthy) shoe. Last season, it was all about the glittery curved heel and before that, everyone was scrambling for the glittering Mary Janes, this time around, the whimsical brand is giving the classic mens’ brogue the glitter treatment.

The Glitter Finished Leather Brogues ($650) would make Dorothy jealous! Even the simplest outfits get a major dose of glamour, but beware: These statement shoes are going to be harder to find than Prince Charming come New York Fashion Week.

Available at www.net-a-porter.com

C. Wonder Seaside Embroidered Linen Flats

C. Wonder Seaside Embroidered Linen Flats

Guys who push the boundaries of footwear are taking evening slippers out during the daytime hours, all formality be damned! Not only are girls jumping on the trend, but ladies’ offerings are often more whimsical (and affordable, too). C. Wonder skips traditional velvet and opts to use cool linen instead on the Seaside Embroidered Linen Flats ($148). And while they love a monogram, we’re obsessed with their nautical, Nantucket-inspired lobster motif. Wear ’em year round to show that you’re the best dressed rebel around.

Available at www.cwonder.com

Photos courtesy Cole Haan, J. Crew, Tory Burch, Net-a-Porter and C. Wonder


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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.