the hunt: borrowed-from-the-boys shoes

Menswear-inspired shoes are a sure-fire way to add some interest to an outfit. Replace your standard ballet flats with a pair of mens-y loafers or oxfords, throw on a feminine dress, and you've got the perfect take on the perennial girl-meets-boy trend. Or go all out androgynous and wear them with a sharply tailored suit or tuxedo for an unexpected - but still very sexy - evening look.

1/ Alexander McQueen Skull-Embellished Velvet Loafers
The new loafer is sleek and modern, and when rendered in black velvet, they're super luxe too. This fab pair from Alexander McQueen is also a little dark and irreverent thanks to the silver skull embroidery.

2/ Gucci "Cambridge" Lace-Up Flat
It's difficult to find a more classic pair of oxfords than these. The white leather is beautiful, and the tassels on the laces are a cute, stylish twist.

$695, Gucci

3/ J.Crew "Darby" Studded Tweed Loafers
There are two things I have trouble saying no to: houndstooth tweed and stud embellishments. These J.Crew loafers - in an updated shape reminiscent of a gentleman's formal dress slipper - have both.

$228, J.Crew

4/ Dolce & Gabbana Sequined Patent-Leather Shoes
Call me a magpie, but these buckled and sequined shiny patent leather spectators from Dolce & Gabbana are pretty much irresistible.

5/ Steven by Steve Madden "Melter" Flats
Another chic example of the modern loafer, Steven by Steve Madden's "Melter" is clean and minimal with tonal stud embellishment on the toe.

$129.95, Steve Madden

6/ Alexander Wang "Jules" Suede Tuxedo Oxfords
Alexander Wang always infuses his shoe collections with artful details, and his take on the men's tuxedo oxford is no exception, thanks to the patent leather spat detail and stacked heel and sole.

$475, Shopbop

7/ Steve Madden "Trouser" Oxford
An absolute steal, these wing-tip, laceless oxfords come in four colors - all of them instant wardrobe staples. Sticking with the magpie theme of this post, I'm loving them in the pewter metallic.

$48.97 on sale, Steve Madden

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