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Types of Formal Shoes for Men

Shoes Maketh A Man…

“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” ~Christian Louboutin

Your shoes reveal a lot about you and your personality… Yes we have been listening to this since childhood and it’s so true. Just a look at man’s shoes can reveal a lot about his personal traits. From all the items in a man’s wardrobe, shoes are one of the most defining elements of style.

Nothing compliments your formal look and gives a boost to your confidence more than a well fitted formal shoe. Our suggestion: Pay attention to details when it comes to shoes.

There are many types of formal shoes for men available in different styles and occasions. Choice of designs and colors are matter of a personal style statement.

Regardless of this fact, there are a few conventional types of formal foot wear to choose from. Listed below are some of the types of formal shoes:

oxford shoes
  • Oxford shoes (AKA Balmoral): These are classic styled shoes with an elegant and timeless appeal. These shoes are most commonly worn at formal occasions. Originally, these shoes were plain and made of leather, but now they have many adornments and colours. Pair them with dress pants but not jeans.
  • Derby (aka Blüchers): The difference between the Derby and Oxford is in the lacing. The lacing of Derby is sewn outside on the additional flaps. They make a good shoe choice for business attire on rainy days due to their rugged construction.
Monk strap
  • Monk strap: No laces are a permanent feature of this type. Fastened by a buckle and strap, these shoes have either one strap or two straps. Make sure that the colour of the clasp (typically silver, brass, or gold) matches your belt buckle.
Cap Toe
  • Cap Toe: A piece of leather at the toe end of your formal shoe is the easiest way to recognise a Cap Toe. It is one of the most popular of all the business dress shoes styles because of its versatility. You can choose between the flashier type which are best for casuals and the stitched down version which are great for formals.
The Dress Boot
  • The Dress Boot: This shoe can be traced to the Victorian era. The dress boot is normally the same shape as an oxford shoe but with a longer shaft. The wingtip broguing on the toe gives it the classical look it craves for.

Do tell if our types of formal shoes has helped you in selecting the perfect match for your formal wear.

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