Perfectly Simple Shoes

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Sometimes all you want is a classic shoe to get you through the workday and into the evening. But finding something simple in a fashion climate where men’s designers keep trying to top one another is harder than it should be. These black derbies are so sturdy and trend-averse that almost no one will notice them.


John Lobb Croft shoes with medium lug sole, $1,480, at johnlobb.com.

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Prada round-toe derby shoes, price on request, at Prada boutiques.

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Paul Andrew Samson bluchers, $745, at Barneys New York.

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Dries Van Noten polished-leather derby shoes, $685, at mrporter.com.

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Tod’s derby shoes, $765, at Tod’s.

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