The first Holiday Guide of the week invites you to get yourself a little something, because sometimes you need a break from all that giving and sharing. We gather together eight of the slickest, smartest shoes on the market – right now – in preparation for festive parties, Christmas dinner gatherings or just lazing around at home watching Arthur 2. Look out for the likes of Alden, Mr Hare, Sid Mashburn, Bergdorf Goodman, Paul Smith, Grenson and O’Keeffe in this shoe guide.

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Tricker’s for The Bureau Red Cordovan Keswick Brogue

The Bureau, Belfast and Tricker’s produce a brogue to be proud of. Rich red cordovan leather, Goodyear storm welted double sole with a brown rubber commando outsole, sturdy and smart. ($780)

Mr Hare Bernhard Grain Derby Shoe

Pebble grain continues to dominate, making everything look just that little bit better. Here it is used to great effect by London’s Mr Hare. A slim silhouette balanced out with a sturdy commando rubber sole. ($810)

Bergdorf Goodman Hand-Antiqued Lace-up

‘Hand-antiqued’ but not over-worked, the combination of calfskin and suede in chestnut brown caught our eye. Another option that allows you to keep things smart and chunky with a substantial lugged rubber sole. ($525)

Paul Smith  Embossed Derby

If there’s a time to get intricate with your footwear it is Christmas. An option for those looking for extra detailing, these Paul Smith buckled shoes feature a muted rose print, perforated toe cap and a general goodtime vibe. ($685)

Red Wing Heritage Postman Shoes

A personal favorite, Red Wing bring back the original style worn by 1950s postal workers; it’s also one of the brand’s biggest sellers. Black Chaparral leather, black cushion crepe, wedge sole, shine them up right nice and you won’t go far wrong. ($250)

O’Keeffe Slip-on Tassel Loafer Brogue

Ireland’s O’Keeffe combine loafer and brogue with this beautiful tassel slip-on. Goodyear welted, hand-dyed, hours of hand-work go into creating these Made in Italy gems and it shows. ($925)

Alden for Leffot Saddle Shoe

Old friends Alden and Leffot create a pair of preppy saddle shoes combining Loden and Brown Alpine grain calfskins with lightweight oil-soaked flex soles, a nice alternative to the casual brick sole. ($510)

Grenson Rhys Toe-Cap Shoe

Finishing off with something plain and simple, the Grenson Rhys has a sergeant major feel thanks to an old American Military last designed for anatomical comfort. Chestnut leather with a toe-cap, this one couldn’t be easier. ($410)

Words by Lena Dystant
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