Different Types Of Dress Shoes
Dress Shoes for Dressy Occasions or Business
1. Cap-Toe Oxford. The cap-toe is the dressiest and most popular of all the business shoe styles. It looks best when worn with more serious suit fabrics and styles.
2. Wing-Tip Oxford. Due to its texture and heft, the wing-tip can be worn well with the more textured and more heavy fabrics such as tweed and flannel. They are too formal for jeans or khakis, so avoid this mismatch.
3. Plain-Toe Oxford. The plain-toe is less dressy and more simple. It’s appropriate for all business settings.
4. Monk Strap. The monk strap is classic European footwear. The side of the shoe has a buckle. The Monk Strap is normally made out of calfskin, however brown suede leather is also popular for a bit of uniqueness.
Dress Shoes for Casual Wear
1. Loafers. The loafer has moved beyond it’s preppy roots. Wear loafers with casual looks such as jeans, trousers, etc.
2. Slip-On Shoe. When looking for a dress shoe that will always look good with a pair of jeans, you should go for a slip-on, instead of a shoe with laces.
3. Driving Moc. The driving moc was invented to let you feel a car’s pedals better. Now it is an alternative to wearing slippers in public. It is worn best with khaki shorts in summer with no socks.
4. Dress Shoe/Boot. Dress boots look really good with casual and dressy clothes, such as a great fitting pair of darkly colored designer jeans, a casual suit, or dress trousers.
5. Boat Shoes. These once strictly functional piece of footwear has become very popular to wear casually with khakis or even jeans.
6. Cowboy Boots. Classic version of American’s contribution to footwear. The perfect combination to the other American casual standby – the blue jean.
7. Desert Boots. This is a high-cut shoe usually made of suede or calfskin and always seems to remain in fashion. It has a cushy rubber sole making it a great walking shoe for uneven terrain.
8. Bucks. The white buck comes with a red rubber sole or can be worn in shades of buff, tan, or brown.
Shoe Shopping and Caring Tips
1. For the best fit selection, go to specialty dress shoe stores.
2. For the very good deals, go to outlet malls, department stores, and wholesalers. Do not avoid buying shoes on clearance. The only thing these shoes are usually guilty of is being a season or two “out of style”.
3. If you are going to buy shoes online, a trick is to try on the same pair in a store to ensure a comfortable fit, then go online for the best deal. If you have previous experience with a particular brand, then there is no need to worry about buying shoes online without trying the pair on first.
4. Visit shoe stores late on weeknights or on Sunday mornings. Chances are you will be the only customer in the store, and the sales person will be able to concentrate on you.
5. If you want to extend the life of your shoes, a professional shoe shine is worth much more than what you pay for it. If you are after a winner’s style and you have invested good money in your shoes, it is really unbecoming to be shy about a professional shine.