I’m still updating my wardrobe and as I said before, I have read many guides on dressing well and many of these guides talk about shoes. I’ve talked about the different types of dress shoes before in an article called “Why I’m Done Wearing Sneakers in Favor of Leather Shoes” but I only went over them quickly and wasn’t very specific. Now, I’m going to go over the different types of dress shoes from most formal to least formal and their styles in this guide to dress shoes.
Oxfords, or sometimes balmorals, are the most formal type of dress shoe. Oxfords have closed laces that are sew under the leather. These shoes are to be worn with a tuxedo or a suit but they can be worn with trousers or a sports jacket.
A whole cut oxford is a dress shoe with closed laces but no stitching. The shoe is made of one piece of leather. This is the dressiest style of oxfords. This style is to worn with tuxedos and suits.
Plain to oxfords are less formal than whole cut oxfords but they are still pretty dressy. A plain toe oxford will have stitching around the laces but the toe won’t have anything. These shoes are to be worn with tuxedos and suits.
Cap toe oxfords are even less formal plain to oxfords. A cap toe oxford will have some stitch around the laces and has a piece of leather covering the toe. These can be worn with a tuxedo and suit but can also be worn with trousers and a sports coat if your outfit is formal enough.
Oxfords with brogues are the least formal type of oxfords. Shoes with brogues have small holes in them and a lot of stitching. The more the shoe has the less formal. These can be worn with a suit, with trousers, and sports coats.
Bluchers, or sometimes Derbies, are less formal than oxfords but they are still dressy. Bkuchers have open laces that are sewn on top of the leather instead of under the leather. These shoes are to be worn with a suit but can also be worn with jeans if your outfit is formal enough.
Winged tip bluchers are like cap toe shoes but the cap comes to a point and also covers the side of the shoes. Winged tip bluchers have a lot of brogues which make them less formal than a plain or cap toe blucher. These are to be worn with trousers or a sports jacket but they can be worn with a casual suit.
Suede bluchers whether they are plain toe, cap toe, or winged tip, are the less formal. These are to be worn with jeans.
Loafers are the least formal of dress shoes. Loafers don’t have laces and are slip on shoes. These shoes are to be worn with trousers or a sports jacket and can be worn with jeans, chinos, and other casual outfits.
Plain toe loafers are the most dressy. These are to be worn with trousers or a sports jacket and can be worn with jeans and chinos.
Moccasins are less dressy than plain to loafers. These are to be worn with jeans, chinos, shorts, and other casual outfits.
Those are the different types of men’s dress shoes. Wearing a good pair of shoes can make any outfit look good regardless of what you’re wearing.
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