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Best Foot Forward: The Dress Shoe

Thursday 5th May 2016
The rules of men’s dress arguably start with the shoe. A man’s shoe is the foundation to a successful outfit, which is reason enough to pay more attention to what you put on your feet. However, with the return of the tweed sports jacket and felt fedora as formal wear and structured tailoring as day-to-day attire, it’s hard to identify what you should pair with your fancy footwear. With a sophisticated, sartorial groom in mind we’ve devised a guide to men’s dress shoes, so you can confidently give your wardrobe the much needed update it deserves.
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The smallest details will make the biggest impact. The cufflinks, the pocket square and the shoes will set you apart from the rest of the suit clad men and quality, statement footwear will define your overall look. When it comes to your wedding shoe, both style and comfort reign supreme. From traditional oxfords to leather moccasins, there’s power in knowing the basics of dressing sharp.

The oxford is a gentle nod to tradition. Opt for black or brown calfskin leather or captor style construction. If your ceremony is less formal, a classic brogue wingtip will effortlessly accompany a Hampton style linen jacket or pleated jersey blazer. The derby is very similar to the oxford shoe. The defining characteristic between the two is the open-closed lacing system. Make a statement by donning a derby style shoe with a calfskin and coloured leather combination. Best worn with slacks, a cardigan sweater under a sports jacket or a dark wash jean.


PAUL SMITH Ernest Suede Derby Shoes, $422.20.

A black tie event calls for a more polished, put together look. The traditional auxiliary to a tuxedo is a black patent dress shoe (no broguing) or polished leather moccasin. Ideally, you should aim to keep the colour palette as simple as possible. A flattering three-piece tuxedo with grosgrain lapels for the contemporary man, or a midnight blue dinner suit with ankle-skimming trousers for the modern sartorialist.  Which ever you choose, the bow tie will elevate the overall decorum of your attire.


TOM FORD Wakefield Patent-Leather Loafers, $1,668.

A sleek western boot with a variation to the toe (square, rounded or snip) is more or less becoming the crux of the modern man’s wardrobe. The portion of the boot visible under your trouser cuff often features subtle leather tooling or contrast coloured stitching. Keep accessories to the absolute minimum if this is the case. Opt for a thin belt minus any decorative buckles and a collared shirt. If versatility is your main objective, stick to a black polished leather pair. If a cowboy boot seems a little novel, alternative smart-casual boots to consider are a chelsea or desert boot in suede or distressed leather.


R.M. WILLIAMS Leather Chelsea Boots, $537.58.

Loafers or ‘driving shoes’ as they are commonly referred to, boast a thin rubber sole and more often than not, feature tasseled decorations or monk straps. Darker variations of leather or suede will incite a more formal look. Loafers will never be black tie material so should not be worn if you’re wearing a necktie. Nor should they be worn with socks. For a different way to style your feet, look for high-quality materials and a refined shape.


HARRYS OF LONDON Jet Moc 5 Leather-Trimmed Woven Silk Loafers, $606.00.


Thursday 5th May 2016