Men’s Dress Shoes: A Complete Guide
Dress shoes. Whether it’s an interview or a cocktail party, every man needs ‘em. And they can’t just be any old dress shoes – they have to look good and feel good, a combination that we’ve mastered. If you’re trying to determine which footwear you need for your next dressy occasion, then you’ve come to the right place. From oxfords to loafers, here’s your ultimate guide to the dress shoes every man should have in his closet. The Classic Oxford First up, oxfords. This lace-up shoe is a classic staple and can range from formal to casual, depending upon the shoe’s styling, color combinations and material. The dressier styles typically include glossier leathers, with black being the most formal color. Silhouettes are typically sleek and tailored, often with a more tapered and elongated toe box. They can be worn with a business suit for a polished professional look at the office, or dressed down with dress pants and a collared shirt. Every man should have at least one pair of these for his two-piece suit. If he wears a suit every day, two or more should be rotated for optimal wear and tear. date night, these versatile oxfords can be worn with almost anything. They can be paired with casual pants or jeans and a sport coat, or can dress up a laid-back outfit like jeans and a button-down. They also come in a wide variation of leathers, suede's and colors for a more trend-forward take. slip-ons can run the gamut between dressy and dress-casual, depending upon the design elements. For example, more polished styles with lux full grain leathers that can be worn with suiting. Like oxfords, the more casual versions can include mixed leathers, materials and colors for a more relaxed look. For men that want to add a little flair to their slip-ons, a few other versions are penny loafers and tassel styles. wingtip. Wingtips are instantly recognizable by their “wings” around the toecap. Most are brogued with decorative perforations around that front area, and sometimes other areas of the shoe. Like oxfords, they can range from tailored uppers in polished materials for a more formal style, to mixed materials in suede's and even color blocking. While you can wear them with anything from a suit to jeans and a collared shirt, they should not replace your classic dress shoe. Wingtips are considered more dress-casual than traditional dress shoes, and therefore should be in addition to your go-to dress shoe. They’re more of a casual, trend-forward addition that more and more men are adding to their shoe repertoire for parties or a fun night out. dress boots . Chukkas and Chelsea boots (made famous by the Beatles) are two styles we’re seeing on the shelves. They’re built like dress shoes but the vamp is higher and covers the ankle. They can still look sleek and sophisticated tucked under pants, and they’ll make the commute to the office much drier on your feet, especially with styles that feature waterproof technology And if you’re not ready to wear dress boots to your next boardroom meeting, a variety of the styles listed above also come with waterproof technology. loafer. They are slip-on’s but are typically more relaxed in their styling, and feature a slipper-like fit. When traveling to warmer climates, men will often leave their heavier dress shoes behind and opt for a lightweight loafer. They’re a great travel shoe, and can be paired with anything from jeans to chinos. They’re frequently worn with resort wear. Think: a nice dinner out on an island vacation. ‘Game time, Guys: Up Your Shoe Game’.