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The importance of footwear in a wardrobe is much underrated. Granted, that in any situation the apparel will get more attention but the footwear completes the look and gives it a sense of overall style and panache. Whether it is an office meeting or a night at the bar, choosing the right footwear might not always be an enjoyable process but with the variety of designs and styles available now, there is a shoe for every occasion. So what are the choices available in the market right now?


The most popular style, Oxfords are known to exclude a touch of class and elegance. There are many color choices for Oxfords but the most popular colors are black and brown. They are paired mostly with dress pants or trousers as they are part of formal wear, and you can either purchase a pure Oxford pair or one that has heavier construction or design like brogues for less formal events.


Derbies look similar to Oxfords but the major difference between them is that the former’s laces are sewn outside of the shoes compared to the Oxford’s rather conservative inner sewing. This makes the Derby style comparatively informal compared to other shoes for men, but can be used for business meetings in unfavorable weather due to their tougher construction and design.


The easiest and the most stylish, loafers are in vogue in fashion nowadays because of their tremendous usability and accessibility. Constructed with no laces, loafers also have a versatile design which can accommodate a host of different styles and innovations. They are also a convenient choice if you are travelling because of their easy access. The material that is mostly is cloth, but suede and leather loafers are also available but should be worn for more formal events.

Monk Straps

Monk straps are one of the trendiest formal Shoes for Men with buckled straps in place of shoe laces. Shoes can consist of one, two or even three monk straps and can be rounded in the front, known as cap-toed or can have a sharper design; this style is known as wing-tipped. The shoes will definitely garner attention because of their unique styling and can go with either formal dressing or casual clothes like jeans and t-shirts.

Dress Boots

Dress Boots are high shoes that can be paired with jeans and suits and their minimalistic style make it an all-weather option for men. They come in both laced and non-laced styles and while the former is preferably used for casual wear, the non-laced ones can be paired with any type of dressing.

Formal Pumps

Formal pumps are the formal versions of loafers made with black patented leather. They are exactly the opposite of their casual wear counterparts and are mostly worn for black tie events and other such formal gatherings. They are a very good alternative to oxfords as they add a bit more character and style to the whole ensemble.

The different kinds of shoes will surely have you spoilt for choice and help you decide what to wear to your next meeting or party!


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