The Oxford Balmoral Dress Shoes
Standard of dress shoes, the Oxford bal features round toes, usually with a cap, and closed lacing. Oxfords are the most formal option for business wear.
Oxfords with broguing along the cap's edge, or trimming the uppers, are still formal enough for a worsted wool suit; 'full brogues' are more appropriate with tweed or flannel. If you own one pair of dress shoes, they should be black Balmoral Oxfords.
The Derby and Blucher Dress Shoes
The Blucher or Derby as it is sometimes called is similar in shape to the balmoral oxford, but bears open lacing and is therefore considered less formal.
These shoes are better for a khakis and blazer outfit and looks more naturally than the balmoral oxford.
The blucher is a slightly sleeker open-laced shoe of similar versatility. Plain or with a brogued cap, these dress shoes will match a suit in formality; with more decoration they carry a blazer well. In suede, rather than smooth leather, these are among the best shoes to wear with jeans or khakis.
The Blucher Wingtip Dress Shoes
The wing-tip, with a brogued cap coming to a point at the center of the top curving back and down along the sides, is suit -level in black and business casual in brown - the latter matching very well with gray flannel trousers.
This shoes is more decorated than the others mentioned above, therefore it is going to draw some attention to itself.
The Loafer and Monkstrap Slip-on Dress Shoes
Slip-on shoes are casual by nature. Those appropriate for business casual wear include bit loafers, with a metal link across the middle; monkstraps, with a buckle closure; and penny loafers, with a slotted leather band across the top. Tassel loafers, which are exactly what they sound like, are accepted as business formal in some circles while relegated to weekend wear in others. Casual slip-ons can be worn with jeans; dressier variants should be matched with an odd trouser.
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