Don’t get overwhelmed when you go shopping for shoes. Today, we describe common men shoe designs:
A low-profile laced shoe with eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the upper and over the instep. This method of construction is also known as “closed lacing”. Originating from Scotland and Ireland, they’re traditionally made of leather, come below the ankle and have a small piece of leather sewn over the toes to create a type of cap.Typically the sleeker the design (being also black in color), the more formal the shoe.
Characterised by the perforated pattern on the uppers, brogues can come in any shape of shoe or boot. Like Oxfords, this type of footwear was first created in Scotland and Ireland and was considered to be an outdoor shoe as the perforations weren’t there for decoration, but to drain out water. Nowadays, they’re worn more in the city than countryside, and although designers can create their own pattern, the four classic styles – full brogue (or wingtip), semi brogues, quarter brogues and longing brogues – never go out of fashion.
The Derby is a very similar to the oxford shoe but the difference is in the lacing which is sewn outside of the shoes (showing visible flaps). This more noticeable lacing style makes this shoe style less formal compared to the classic Oxford. Derby come in any color, brogue and non brogue, cap-toed, wing tipped, as well as many different types of leather and linen. Derby shoes are perfect for a smart-casual dress consisting of jeans, dress shorts, and sport coats. They are less suited for suits but do make a good shoe choice for business attire on rainy days due to their more rugged construction.
Dating back to Victorian times, this ankle-high boot can be identified by the elasticated side panels that run from above the welt to the opening. First used as a type of riding boot and then elevated to fashion statement by the mod crowd in the 1960s, the Chelsea boot has retained to cool kudos. Best worn with a skinny suit or jeans.
Loafer’s are the traveling business man’s best friend. They slip on and off easily when going through security, they are comfortable, and versatile. The sleeker and simpler the design the more formal it is. Also, darker colors are more formal (black being the most formal), and the less of your socks are visible the more formal the look. Loafers look great with jeans and dress pants, as well as with suits when not wearing a necktie.
The term “Wing Tip” refers to the shape of the cap toe that looks like wings stretching across the front of the shoe. Most wing tips are Derby shoes decorated with brogue leather. While most wing tips are solid in color (mostly back or brown), two-toned date back to the 1920s (black & white). Today two-toned wingtips are once again quite popular and perfect for a smart-casual dress.
These resemble open-laced oxfords, only with an athletic (rubber) sole and a slightly higher top. Lifestyle shoes are extremely flexible, as far as accompanying clothing goes. You can wear them with corduroy, cargo pants, khakis, wool slacks, or jeans. Nevertheless, they’re best-suited for the campus, parties or simply for everyday, non-athletic events.
Ankle length and featuring 2 or 3 pairs of eyelets. They similar to desert boots, but the openings are less loose on the ankles.
Simply, these are man sandals. They are available in a variety of designs, most commonly dress, athletic, casual and thongs(slippers). Simply make sure your feet are looking good and chuck in your pair of sandals. NEVER wear with socks, though.
For more information, here is the Renalan’s Visual Guide to Dress Shoes:
Article Adapted from: JohnLewis.Com | Tie-A-Tie.Net