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Best Shoes for College – Men

Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–and the perfect time to update your wardrobe.  As you grow and learn, your style should also reflect that growth.  Plus, moving from class to class and around campus means you’re spending a lot of time on your feet.  We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.

Chukka / Desert Boots

Add a little class to your casual look. Chukka and Desert boots are laid back and comfortable, but look much nicer than your tennis shoes.  A traditional chukka boot has a crepe sole and two eyelets, but plenty of variations exist. Try a pair from Clarks, Timberland, or Johnston & Murphy.

Dress Shoes

Bruno Magli Shoes

Whatever your price range, it’s important to have a well-maintained pair of dress shoes.  These will come in handy for presentations, interviews, scholarship banquets, and other formal events. A go-to staple is a plain-toe, black balmoral (click here to learn about the difference between a blucher and a balmoral/oxford), which will work at almost every formal event.  A straight tip (cap toe) shoe is a slightly less formal option that is still commonly accepted, but brogues and wing designs are seen as informal. If you already have a staple formal pair, you can feel free to experiment with bluchers, brogues, toe styles and leathers. Try a pair from Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim, Cole Haan, or Bruno Magli.


New Balance Shoes

From division teams to sports clubs to recreation centers to hiking trips, there are plenty of ways to stay active in college. Whether you’re running, training, lifting, or  we have you covered with athletic shoes from New Balance, Reebok CrossFit, Inov-8, Merrell,Vibram FiveFingers, Ecco and more!

Waterproof / Hiking

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes

Being out on your own in a new place may be a little scary, but it also comes with plenty of opportunities for new experiences. Always be ready for whatever adventure comes your way–or just for inclement weather with hiking shoes and waterproof boots from MerrellTimberland, and Kamik.


Timberland SandalsNaot Sandals

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have shoes for warm weather.  Depending on where you attend college (and if your dorm room has a/c), the first and last few months of your first year can get really hot. Remember that if you’re walking between classes, you’ll need more support. Save your flimsy flip flops for the shower–sandals from Vionic, Olukai, Timberland, Naot, Chaco, and Sperry Topsider are comfortable enough for all-day wear.

Marcoliani Socks

Ok let’s talk basics. A solid foundation starts from the bottom; it doesn’t matter if it’s a complex building or a well-dressed individual. When it comes to the latter, socks are a fashion essential not to be overlooked. From a flash of color accent to refined plush comfort, having a great looking and feeling pair of socks can make the difference in your day.  Dressing or undressing, what you put on your feet matters.


Premium Marcoliani socks are a tasteful addition to any wardrobe. Marcoliani Milano have been making luxury Italian socks since 1947.  They offer a sharp array of styles that strike an attractive balance between tradition and modernity. From classic argyles and checks, to contemporary stripes and blends, the Marcoliani patterns are polished and proven. The color palate ranges from rich and robust to subtle and nuanced, all of which pair magnificently with any fine footwear and are crafted from heavenly Pima Cotton.


Take a look:

Palio Stripe             MAR3231T-266


Argyle                     MAR2990T-241



Pin                          MAR2772T-267


Hamptons Check MAR3484T-035


Front Back               MAR3483T-Z33


Delave Easy             MAR3333T-292

New At TheShoeMart: OluKai Sandals

OluKai Sandals Now Available.


OluKai make Hawaiian inspired Luxury Sandals and Flip Flops.  Just in time for the summer, we’ve added a selection of their water-resistant and premium leather sandals to our store. OluKai build shoes for a thoughtful and adventurous life from premium leathers and quality materials. We were impressed to find out that the company strives to reduce their environmental footprint by using natural latex gum rubbers, repurposed compounds, recycled packaging, and leathers sourced from ISO-certified tanneries. Furthermore, they promise to continue improving these methods and practices every year.


OluKai footwear is designed to help you feel grounded and connected with every step.  The company’s mission statement proudly exclaims that they draw their inspiration from the ocean.  They strive to create a better class of products for lives lived in and around the water. Their products are designed and manufactured to promote a relaxed lifestyle that is respectful of the environment.  If these ideals resonate with you, we recommend slipping into a pair of OluKai sandals for the summer season.