Men, reconsider the notion that the choices are limited when it comes to stylish, work-appropriate footwear. Before reaching for another pair of square-toed pleather lace-ups (please don’t, we implore you), look to brands like Berluti for inspiration on how to take your office gear to the next level to avoid looking like a carbon copy of your desk mate.

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It’s all about the details.

Case in point: The Berluti Printed Whole-Cut Polished-Leather oxford shoes. The entire shoe is a seamless marvel of construction, accented by a red rubber sole for a sporty punch of colour. Gracing its upper part is a line drawing of a snake by Scott Campbell, a renowned New York tattoo artist.

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We love how the red sole adds a pop of colour.

For those who fear that the pin-like snake motif may come across as too ostentatious, bear in mind that it’s all about letting your shoes do the talking with such a statement piece. Berluti has other leather oxford options with stunning patinas if you’d prefer to err on the side of caution.

If you’re willing to take the plunge, these oxfords are an investment that can carry you from the cubicle to the club. Don’t let any naysayer tell you that the snake motif might come across as tacky — it’s not ah beng, it’s Berluti.

Berluti Printed Whole-Cut Polished-Leather oxford shoes, S$2,600.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.