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These Shoes Actually Make Business Casual Look Cool

Have you ever heard of a knit dress shoe?
by Ash Mahinay | May 24, 2018
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The grey zone that is "business casual" includes a wide-range of footwear. Often, these will be dress shoe silhouettes in leather, suede, or even patent finishes. You have blood red pairs, blue pairs, browns, blacks, greys—there's really enough freedom of choice to make even the most ardent sneakerhead feel more comfortable being out of their kicks.

If there's anything someone can still fairly complain about it would probably be that dress shoes are less comfortable than sneaks. Cole Haan's named-like-a-sneaker 2.ZERØGRAND is here to finally shut that argument up. Its Stitchlite™ upper will give you running shoe levels of lightweight breathability while still looking like it means business—they can truly make everything out of knits today it seems.


An energy foam sole provides a cushier ride than traditional leather or crepe bottoms, so you won't be rushing to kick these off your feet at the end of the day. However, to keep things from becoming too casual, we do recommend copping a pair without a super colorful contrast sole—we're sure you can restrain yourself that much!

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