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Unfortunately for those of us who like to get our shine on once in a while, 2020 has been a year devoid of opportunities to brush up and show out. As we approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we can’t help feeling that these will be the last (and possibly the only) chances we’ll have in 2020 to really go all-out on the fit, so wherever we are, whoever we’re with, we’re wearing our finest pieces with pride.

A pivotal aspect of a formal fit is footwear. Freshly polished black leather has the power to completely transform and elevate ensembles, so with the help of Luisaviaroma, we’ve rounded up our favorite formal footwear to see out a year to forget in style. From classic Derby shoes to contemporary, signature takes on traditional styles by Maison Margiela, Marni, and more, there’s a style for everyone and no excuses for not showing out this month.

Shop our favorite formal footwear below.

Jil Sander Monk Buckle Leather Loafers

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Jil SanderMonk Buckle Leather Loafers
$990
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Jil Sander’s take on the leather monkstrap shoe centers around industrial silver hardware in the form of a buckle and rivets to the vamp cover. A tan leather lining rounds out this Italian-made pair.

Toga Virilis Polido Leather Buckle Loafers

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Toga VirilisPolido Leather Buckle Loafers
$480
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Aside from Toga Virilis’ signature silver embellishments, this pair of Polido Loafers plays things by the rulebook. A traditional shape and pure leather construction form the perfect foundation for Toga Virilis’ finishing touches.

Doucal's Double Buckle Leather Shoes

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Doucal'sDouble Buckle Leather Shoes
$262
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When it comes to formal outfits, there’s always something to be said for sticking to the classics. This pair of double monkstrap shoes from Doucal’s is typified by a beautiful, full-grain calf leather upper in dark navy blue.

Church's Woodbridge Leather Lace-Up Shoes

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Church'sWoodbridge Leather Lace-Up Shoes
$487
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Church’s has been perfecting the art of men’s leather shoes since 1873 which is more than long enough to have put together a winning recipe. An immaculate pure leather upper complements a full leather lining and leather sole for the Woodbridge Shoes.

Gucci GG Metal Leather Combat Lace-Up Shoes

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GucciGG Metal Leather Combat Lace-Up Shoes
$720
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Alessandro Michele’s Gucci has been credited with redefining the standards of the modern man and it’s done so with contemporary takes on the classics like this pair of premium leather derby shoes. A traditional upper sits atop a chunky, ribbed rubber sole for something slightly out of the ordinary.

Balenciaga Croc Embossed Leather Lace-Up Derby Shoes

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BalenciagaCroc Embo Leather Lace-Up Derby Shoes
$850
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Balenciaga doesn’t really do half measures, so it’s no surprise that the Italian house’s take on the Oxford shoe features an embossed croc texture as well as a Balenciaga text logo in white to the front of the leather sole.

Marni New Forest Coin Leather Penny Loafers

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MarniNew Forest Coin Leather Penny Loafers
$395
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Marni’s impactful take on the penny loafer relies on an exaggerated sole unit to bring a new angle to a pure leather upper. With a penny fitted to the vamp, this pair gives a subtle nod to traditional penny loafer designs.

Bottega Veneta Croc Embossed Leather Loafers

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Bottega VenetaCroc Embossed Leather Loafers
$1050
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Bottega Veneta’s flawless loafers speak of the generations of Italian style that has dominated the world of formal menswear. Croc-embossed pure leather uppers fill out a carefully structured, streamlined silhouette.

Maison Margiela Croc Embossed Leather Tabi Loafers

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Maison MargielaCroc Embossed Leather Tabi Loafers
$752
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From the side they’re a classic, from the front they’re anything but. Maison Margiela subverts the traditional loafer with a patent leather upper and, of course, its signature split-toe Tabi construction.

Officine Creative Leather Penny Loafers

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Officine CreativeLeather Penny Loafers
$393
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From New Year’s Eve celebrations to the warm cobbles of an Italian square in summer, Office Creative’s Leather Penny Loafers are at home everywhere they go thanks to the time-tested recipe of premium leather and minimal design.

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