Why I’m Done Wearing Sneakers in Favor of Leather Shoes

In updating my wardrobe, I have read many guides for men on dressing well, as I said in yesterday’s article. Many of these guides talk about shoes. More specifically, going over types of shoes from most formal to least formal. After having read about what shoes are meant for what, I’m done wearing sneakers. At least, not when I actually want to look good.

Most guides talk about different types of dress shoes any what they should be worn with. I’ll go over them quickly.


Oxfords, or sometimes balmorals, are the dressiest shoes you can get. They are defined by their closed laces and the fact that the laces are sewn under the leather. These shoes are to be worn with tuxedo and suits but may be worn with trousers and a sports jacket.


Bluchers, or sometimes derbies, are less dressier than oxfords. Bluchers have open laces that are sewn on top of the leather rather than on top. These shoes are better worn with a jacket and trouser but can be worn with jeans.


Loafers, or slip ons, are the least dressy of men’s dress shoes. Loafers have no laces. These shoes are to be worn with casual jackets and trousers and can be worn with jeans or chinos and a button down shirt or sweater.

Those are the basics of dress shoes from most formal to least formal but those aren’t the only kind of shoes I’ll be wearing.


Some guides get more specific with casual shoes and that includes bluchers and loafers. For example, if you’re going to wear some jeans you can look dressier if you wear them with a pair of bluchers or leather slip on shoes like loafers, moccasins, or even perforated leather slip ons. If you are wearing shorts, you should wear moccasins with no laces or you can wear some canvas or perforated leather slip ons from brands like Vans or Lacoste rather than a pair of flip-flops.

With all those kinds of shoes, I can look good regardless of what I’m wearing. That’s why I’m done with sneakers. Unless I’m wearing something that requires sneakers, I won’t be wearing them. I’ll mostly be wearing derbies, loafers, and slip ons.

So, what do you think? Do you like casual leather shoes or do you like sneakers? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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