Men’s Leather Dress Shoe Styles Guid to wear


You’re on a first date. You’re dressed to impress. The trousers are clean pressed, shirt is starched, pocket square and watch look great! When you arrive, she’s smiling at you and then looks down and sees it. Your cracked, 10-year-old, square toed leather shoes. FAIL The first impression is done. Dress shoes, gentleman. They can make or break an outfit. Many studies have shown that shoes are one of the first things women notice on an outfit. So how can you be sure to make a killer first impression? This eBook gives you everything you need to know about men’s dress shoes. From which ones to buy first, to how to care for them correctly. 



This guide is an overview of men’s dress shoe formality meant to help you “generally” understand shoe types, the levels of dress, and what style shoe can be worn with what style clothing. Note – this ebook does make generalizations that some shoe aficionados may have issue with. I admit it’s not perfect – if you have suggestions, email me. In later chapters we’ll tackle the issue of color matching and address specific styles like suede and cordovan. Like most things in life, if you break it up into sections and apply a few guidelines it turns out to be pretty simple.

Balmoral (Bal) The dressiest oxford men’s footwear selection. Sleek, refined, most often sold in black or brown but appropriate in any dark conservative color. Style variations include plain, toe, cap toe, brogue, and whole cut. Appropriate for a suit, if casually styled works with sport jackets and odd trousers. Do not combine with jeans or chinos. Every man who owns a suit should own a pair of classic oxfords that are minimally styled. If you wear suits daily, you should rotate three pairs or more.
Bluchers Less dressy than Bal oxfords, and identified by lacing system sewn outside of shoe. Well-dressed men know these can be worn with a suit, but are better with an odd jacket and trousers. They can be worn with jeans assuming they are casually styled. Style variations include cap toe, wing tip, brogue, wide variation in materials like suede and mixed leathers.

Common variations are:  Saddle shoes  Derby’s  Spectators  Laced moccasins A classic shoe that should serve as your 2nd or 3rd pair depending on needs -the more extreme the styling, the less versatile the shoe. Men’s Boots Dress boots are meant to be worn when the weather dictates protecting the ankles from water, mud, and snow. In levels of formality they should not be worn with a suit, although they can if the weather calls for it

If wearing under fair weather conditions, boots should be worn under the rules applicable to a pair of informal bluchers. Style variations include cap toe, wing tip, brogue, wide variation in materials especially water resistant leather cuts. Appropriate for a sport jacket and odd trousers or jeans. Only wear with suit in rainy/snowy weather.

A man should consider boots if he is exposed to conditions that warrant their wear - otherwise, reserve them for your 4th to 5th pair. 
Men’s Loafers or Slip-ons The least dressy choice, they are a product of comfort and convenience. Only with a suit when traveling, they are at home with a casual odd jacket and trousers minus necktie. Can be worn with jeans or chinos as well. Style variations are wide -usually the more delicate and closer resemblance to oxfords the dressier. Also, the greater the exposure of sock the less formal. Common variations are 
 monk straps
 tassel loafers 
 penny loafers 
 unlaced moccasins.  
Loafers are a traveler’s best friend -easy to slip on and off when going through airport security or when relaxing on the plane. I recommend they be the 2nd pair a traveling man owns or the 3rd pair for a man who like to look sharp around town in jeans and button down shirt.

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