Best stores for men's dress shoes

E. Vogel
Call off the search for the perfect-fitting shoe and make your way to E. Vogel’s handmade haven, where everything is made to measure. Because first-time customers must have a mold made, the initial pair will be a bit pricier, at $1,300, than subsequent pairs ($850). Timeless styles include their plain-toe Blucher and cap-toe Bal, worn by men of all ages. Feel free to mix and match designs, with tons of different French leathers and exotic materials (including lizard and ostrich!) in vibrant colors like rich burgundy and tan in addition to classic blacks and browns. While you’re at it, tack on an extra $20 for ribbed soles. 19 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette Sts (212-925-2460,

In the midst of our crappy economy, any store promoting markdowns and clearances brings a smile to otherwise dismayed faces. And nothing beats sales than a store that sells designer shoes at a fraction of the cost year-round. Head in for selections of slip-on and lace-up dress shoes from an array of well-known designers to save hundreds of dollars. Favorites include Mike Konos leather oxfords ($149—you save $125) and Mercanti Fiorentini leather lace-up brown shoes ($140—save $160). 40 E 14th St at Union Square W (212-674-2146,

Kenneth Cole
Featuring everything from loafers to oxfords, you can’t go wrong with Kenneth Cole for a classic long-lasting shoe for any occasion. Check out the popular leather Con-Vent shoe that stretches to form to your foot for optimal comfort ($175), the East Village leather loafer made in Italy ($298) or the Clean Cut leather ankle boot with leather lining in cognac or black ($195). 595 Broadway between Prince and W Houston Sts (212-965-0283,

Johnston & Murphy
Wish you could wear slippers to work? The new-for-fall Runnell Chukka boots are the closest you’ll get in terms of comfort. Available in camel or dark olive suede, these fancy kicks have a memory-foam insole and sheepskin lining that’ll cradle your foot with each step ($130). Looking for something a bit more rugged? Try the new Maben Moc Toe boot in water-resistant brown leather with padding on the tongue and collar ($150). When you just need a classic look, keep it simple with the leather Petree Venetian in burnished mahogany veal ($150). 345 Madison Ave at 44th St (212-697-9375,

Cole Haan
Forget the price tag and splurge on Cole Haan’s quality shoes for hip styles you won’t need to replace anytime soon. Slide on a pair of Air Andros Venetian handcrafted shoes made with genuine crocodile leather and Nike Air technology in the heel for ultimate cushioning ($798), or Air Lorenzo handmade Italian penny loafers in soft calfskin leather ($328). For you bigfeet out there, you won’t have to shy away from style thanks to their extended widths and sizes. 667 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-421-8440,

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