Looking dapper and rocking your best pieces wether tailored or not is a choice we all have to make. Either way ,one crucial piece is the shoe you dress with your outfit.
Shoes are the most noticeable piece in an outfit.The instant impression is made from them and they need to be on point.Today I take a look at a gents’ dress shoes.
What is a dress shoe, you may ask!? The answer to that would be what you are actually wearing on a regular basis. These are considered the standard daily shoe, they could be on a smart casual or a more formal setup.
However, I am a sucker for classics or traditional pieces if you may and so these dress shoes are certainly narrowed down to four pieces I stick to and so should you. Price dynamics, new designers, ‘current’ trends have been amongst the infusions in fashion which tend to be showcased on the shelves of stores with various styles and designs of essential items we blindly embrace more so because of their affordable pricing and shoes are not an exception.
The starting point of any shoe collection. It is a timeless piece and a classic staple. Originated from the Oxford University in the 1800s as an alternative that was more current than its previous design. These offer great versatility since they could be dressed up or down; be it tailored pieces or even jeans or khakis.
They are characterised by its minimalist style, a plain toe cap and closed lacing offering a slim hugging silhouette.
This is one of the most common dress shoes.The derby was originally used as a hunting and sporting shoe before it made its way into the gentleman’s wardrobe. This is a less formal shoe and most suitable for occasions and events. It is characterized by a single piece of leather that covers the vamp(area between the toe cap and lacing) and an open lacing structure of the shoe.
I personally lust for these. One of the most in-style shoe currently, its buckle and straps are its unique features. It therefore has no lacing but the straps in its place. These are however a statement piece and when going for this you would consider the fit and length
This is the most detailed shoe of all the dress shoes. Originating from Ireland where it was used in the wet terrain because of its ability to drain water through its perforations. As an outdoor wear it has certainly found its place as a menswear staple. It is characterized by its decorative perforations(broguing) and serrated edges. They are of various types or styles depending on the degree of their perforations and similarly the least detailed is a more formal fit(semi-brogues) but these are generally considered a more casual fit.
And so there you go even as you indulge in this menswear world, you now have a rough idea of where to start with. These shoes are the most versatile and would fit in any style you desire.
As you build up your wardrobe, lets begin to collect these staples and make a foundation in our style. Remember ;
It always seems impossible until its done – Nelson Mandela.
That’s it for today guys. Thanks for reading and sorry for the long wait next post coming soon.
Have a dapper week.