• Johnstonmurphy.com
  • Brennan Plain Toe white bucks from Johnston & Murphy, $130

Around town, artist J.C. Steinbrunner is as known for his dapper style as for his paintings, popular Salon Series events, and collaborations with other artists and designers. A couple weeks ago I ran into him at a backyard party, and as it grew dark, my eyes were drawn to his white bucks glowing in the dusk. I asked him what it takes to pull off this bold look. Turns out you don’t need a seersucker suit, a straw boater, and a handlebar mustache—just some restraint. “There’s something about that brilliant white that just really makes an outfit—the shoes do most of the work,” he says. “It feels really heritage in a nonprecious way.”