Mad Men Shoes Style Guide


The 1960’s based show, Mad Men, has already won 13 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes in the 4 seasons it’s been airing. The term Mad Men was coined in the late 1950’s, describing advertising executives of Madison Avenue. Why would anyone want to dress like Mad Men?

These “Mad Men” were successful, powerful and sharp-dressing individuals. Amongst the shows characters, one stands out from the rest; a sharp dressing, successful lady-killer by the name of Don Draper. He has a rare-gift of being able to sell any idea with his silver tongue. He uses the same silver tongue to seduce the countless women he encounters.

So the question becomes: Why WOULDN’T you want to have Mad Men style?

When it comes to the shoes, Mad Men style predominantly consists of Oxfords. Oxfords are usually characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the vamp. In the show, the two most commonly seen types of Oxfords in this Mad Men style are split toe and cap toe.

Below are some of the shoes featured on the show, as well as our picks of other amazing Oxfords.

Mad Men style Donald J Pliner Clyde2 – $394.95

This Donald J Pliner Clyde2 has been worn on the show. This is a cap toe Oxford that comes in black and animal print espresso. For this particular shoe, the animal print takes away a lot of the class. This is an Italian shoe and like all Donald J Pliner products, it is handmade. The sole offers a thin rubber layer that adds traction and durability.

Cole Haan Air Neroli Captoe Dress Oxford – $398.00

This is Cole Haan’s take on the captoe oxford. They’ve done an amazing job with this one. The details around the lace-holder and the captoe itself are truly amazing. This shoe is simply beautiful. The sole has a rubber layer that will save the shoe in the long run while giving the wearer grip. The Cole Haan Air Neroli is currently on sale for only $218.90.

To Boot New York Randall Split Toe Oxford – $295.00

What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.

The split toe oxford, as seen below:

This is another commonly worn shoe on Mad Men. The apron of the shoe is double stitched for style and durability. The leather linings of the Randall will keep your foot cool and comfortable. This Italian made shoe is perfect for anyone’s business wardrobe. Don Draper would be proud.

Cole Haan Air Lucarno Split Toe Dress Oxford – $328.00

This is another item that is currently on sale for only $180.40. A timeless blucher Mad Men style with Nike Air technology; you’ve read right, Nike Air technology. This combination of Cole Haan Italian style and sport sneaker technology provides additional support and comfort to this shoe. Dual stitching is added all over the shoe to add durability and style.