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The Six Driving Shoes to Consider

Shoes

It wouldn’t be Road Trip Week if we didn’t talk about the most important part of your road-worthy wardrobe: the driving shoe.

They come in many forms—some are more loafer-like, some are more moccasin-y—but they’re all united by two things: a buttery-soft leather construction and gummy rubber bottom (marked by a telltale matrix of nubs embedded in a double-thick leather sole).

They’re especially handy on a breezy weekend jaunt, because they’re handsome enough to wear to cocktail hour yet soft enough to loaf around indoors, once you’ve woken up the next morning at your destination. Meaning they’re the only pair of shoes you’ll need to pack if you’re not planning on anything too formal or a round of golf.

Naturally, we’ve rounded up your six best options on the market right now.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

Sales

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Alabama Ties: Lyonstate is taking 20% off all orders with the code SPRING20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Spring in Your Step: Shipley & Halmos is knocking 30% off footwear and select spring gear, through the weekend. Discount: A- Sizes Available: B+ Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale after the jump.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

Spring menswear

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Everyday Carry: Cole Haan is knocking 25% off all men’s bags and briefcases with the code SPRING25. Discount: B+ Styles Available: B Selection: A

For the Nest Egg Hunter: Just for Easter weekend, C’H’C’M’ is giving you 20% off the entire webshop, with the code EAST. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For British Basics: The gents across the pond at Reiss are slashing up to 30% off some of their most popular current spring wares. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale after the jump.»

Raid the Cole Haan Webshop (For 25% Off)

We would be remiss if we didn’t alert you to this excellent deal that our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks are running with Cole Haan, which is basically a carte blanche 25% off anything in their webshop. It’s worth checking out, whether you’re in the market for some new dancing shoes for the holiday party onslaught, in need of a new briefcase or game for a little futuristic-heritage mashup like the LunarGrand Wingtips.

You never know when you’re going to need to head out of a boardroom meeting at full sprint.

Saddle Up

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Nothing says autumn quite like brown suede.

To that end, we thought we’d bring your attention to this Cole Haan saddle shoe. It manages to deliver a classic shape, a handsome red brick sole and a surprisingly low sticker price—which makes for quite a trifecta. We might want to swap out the laces for something a little less sneaker-y, but after that you should have a near-perfect casual shoe.

For the pricier, more genuine article, you can look up Mr. McNairy...but nobody’s perfect.

Spare the Rood

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The recent enthusiasm for heritage brands is bringing out the best in just about everyone. Case in point: Cole Haan is getting back to their roots as Chicago cobblers with a smaller label named Cole, Rood, & Haan that focuses more on worn leathers, wooden welting and classic American styles. The Fall/Winter gear (that’s the dark leather shoes in back) should be hitting shops in just a few weeks.