From the Office to the Bar: How to Style your Marc Nolan Shoes

October 25, 2018

If there’s one thing we know as fact it’s this: The best looks always knock the shoe game out of the park. When you’re headed out, it’s enough work to simply decide on your ensemble. Shoes tend to be everyone’s least concern. Now, there’s no right or wrong way to start piecing your outfit together. At Marc Nolan, we believe great men’s style starts with the shoe. Not sure how to start from the ground up? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

There’s a shoe for every occasion. And on every occasion, you should be both comfortable and stylish, no matter how dressy or casual. So when considering how to supercharge your outfit with the right pair of men’s shoes, take a look at this guide to shoe-wear scenarios.

Date Night

We love the Gavin in all of its autumnal glory. In general, our dress shoe sneakers are known for being a work-play hybrid, and that’s why we’d opt for these kicks come date night. With a calfskin leather upper, you get an oxford vibe up top with a dose of navy blue on the sole for fun edge. Plus, they’re made with memory foam insole, so if your date night involves a walk or dancing, you’ll be comfortable all evening long. Pair these with mid-wash jeans and a navy button down or, for the cooler seasons, with a white sweater and navy jacket. When in doubt, you can always grab a black top. Check out our list of more favorites from our men’s fall shoe collection here.

Formal Occasion

Leave it to the to the Benjamin Black Wingtip Derby Shoes to take your dressiest getups to the next level. Mahogany soles give this classic style a modern twist, while perforated accents and a lace-up design provide the “something extra” that makes you stand out in the crowd. We know the dress code for formal occasions varies, which is why the Benjamin Black is a great go-to. They look just as striking with three-piece black suits as they do with dark-wash jeans, a crisp button-down and a sports jacket. We love going right down the middle though. Rock them with gray slacks, a white button-down and a skinny black tie for one classy ‘fit.


 It’s the weekend, you want to look good when you go out, but you don’t want to sacrifice comfort or look too dressed up. Enter the Ellison Ruby Red Slip-On Sneakers. You don’t have to think twice about busting these guys out. They have so much to offer: one-of-a-kind craftsmanship, casual comfort and eye-catching color. Wear them with black jeans, a grey Henley and a sleek silver watch. You can also opt for jeans, a blue shirt and a black jacket. Wearing all black is a failproof option too.


 Leave the dress shoes at home, guys. The loafer is the workweek finishing touch you’ve been looking for. These classic styles work at anytime, and if there’s one loafer you should have ready to go in your shoe collection, it’s the Blake Black Bit Loafer. Suede gives this shoe rich, oh-so-classic flair that’s brought to the 21st century with an updated design. Pair these with cuffed navy pants and a dapper beige sweater for a fall look that will make you the best-dressed guy in the building. Need to wear a tie? Try a light blue button-down paired with a navy tie and tan chinos paired with your Blake Black. Some call it smart casual. We call it dressed for success.

Live in Chicago and want to try them in person? Our Marc Nolan shoe store at 1252 N Milwaukee has been rated one of the best men’s shoe stores in Chicago! Not in the area, no worries! We ship nationwide and offer free exchanges and returns so you can try some new styles in the comfort of your own home. Shop all shoes here and tell us how you would wear your favorite styles in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @marcnolanshoes.

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