8 Dress Shoes That Will Survive the Elements

Winter's most arduous slog may be the fact that you have to wear two pairs of shoes each and every day—one out the door, and one at your desk. Well, with these 8 beastly beauties, the two can be one in the same.

Charlie Me Grained Balmorals by Christian Louboutin

Pair of black balmoral dress shoes. photo

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We know what you're thinking: Who in the world would wear a pair of Louboutins in inclement weather? For the most part, we agree that that's downright silly. But, between the grained leather and the thick-as-walls rubber soles, the Charlie Me balmorals are practically indestructible. (And yes, those soles, though black on trim, are still primarily colored in the company's trademark vivacious red. ($1,095; barneys.com)

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Hudson Oxford by Jack Erwin

Pair of black oxford shoes. photo

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At first glance, the Hudson Oxford, from Jack Erwin, is a traditional cap-toe oxford. But flip the things over and you'll see a hand-stitched, hyper-grippable rubber sole, perfect for strolling safely on icy walkways. Whereas most rubber soles come across as bulky and unsightly, this sole is barely noticeable, yet still just as functional as other shoes in its class. In other words, the Hudson Oxford is the sleeper agent of winter-season dress shoes. ($195; jackerwin.com)

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Monogram Oxford by G.H. Bass

Lace-up dress shoe with design around the eges and toe. photo

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There's an easy trick to remember when you're looking for an all-weather dress shoe: Go for pebbled leather. From excess condensation to—and we're really sorry if you suffer these this season—salt stains, everything blends in with the grainy look. That way, you don't have to keep a shining kit in your desk. (Though, hey, that's not a bad idea...) ($140; ghbass.com)

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Plain-Toe Derbies by Salvatore Ferragamo

Pair of plain-toe dress shoes. photo

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Look at these beautiful beasts. It's as if the creative directors at Salvatore Ferragamo decided to combine a Ferrari and a monster truck and turn the result into a shoe that's equal parts savage strength and suave sophistication. The thick tread will ensure you're safe on any sidewalk, while the refined topsole conveys the cool confidence required to keep a board meeting running on schedule. ($575; ferragamo.com)

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Leather Oxfords by Maison Margiela

Pair of leather dress shoes with stitched design throughout the sole. photo

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The indestructible lug soles, finely tuned stitching, and various minutia (take a gander at how the first pair of lace holes are half the width of the rest) all pale in comparison to the main draw on Maison Margiela's oxfords: A thin progression of red stitching through the sole. ($1,090; farfetch.com)

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George Lug Wingtip by FRYE

Dark brown wingtip shoe. photo

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You can wear FRYE shoes in any conditions for one simple reason: The leather's already been beat to death. Sure, the George Lug Wingtips look a little worn, even when brand-new. But that's the point. Drop them off the roof. Run them over with a car. Wear them and walk down the street in the middle of a January blizzard. These shoes can take it—and yes, they'll look exactly the same as they did before. ($358; thefryecompany.com)

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Crispin Leather Oxfords by Paul Smith

Brown leather dress shoe with orange strip along the sole. photo

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There's a lot to love about Paul Smith's Crispin oxfords. At first glance, these shoes fit in seamlessly with even the most sartorially austere workplaces. But if you draw your eye to the sole, you'll see a funky addition: Two lines, one iridescent purple and one neon orange, separating the rubber lug from the rest of the shoe—a fun yet tiny deviation from the dress code. ($550; saksfifthavenue.com)


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Grand Bit Loafer by Cole Haan

Black dress shoe with buckle accent. photo

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A loafer in winter? Yes, we know it sounds crazy. But Cole Haan's Grand Bit comes with all the bells and whistles—tough leather, a grippable sole—of a winter-ready dress shoe, so why not? Plus, from the top down, these beauties look like regular old loafers: no sight of the bulky rubber sole. It's yet another sleeper agent of winter-season dress shoes. ($280; colehaan.com)

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