LinkedIn Created with Sketch.
The Iconic Edition
Advice
|3 Nov 2019|4 mins

5 Dress Shoes Every Guy Needs

Start from the ground up.

Can you judge a man by his shoes and his shoes alone? No. But you can get a good idea about much he knows about them. A good pair of dress shoes are an essential part of a man’s wardrobe because, even with the casualisation of the workplace, there are still so many occasions to wear them. From Spring Racing monk favourites, to wedding floor sliders and the business brogue, here’s our guide to dress shoe success.

The Oxford

@jefflackstylist

The Oxford

The simplest and most classic of shoe styles, the Oxford is as versatile as it is stylish. First rising in popularity among students of (you guessed it) Oxford University back in the 1800s, the minimal design and closed lacing has become popular the world over. A conservative choice perfectly poised as a business or wedding shoe.

Shop The Look
Hemsworth
...
Hemsworth
...
Watson Leather Oxford
...
Watson Leathe...
...
Heath
...
Heath
...
Volt Leather Derby Dress Shoes
...
Volt Leather...
...

The Monk

@shaunbirley

The Monk

So named because of the monks that originally wore them, this shoe traditionally comes in single and double strap versions with a buckle on each strap. A similar shape to the Oxford, they can be worn with jeans or sharply cut suits, making them a great smart-casual choice when teamed with tees or shirts alike.

Shop The Look
Dublin Monk Straps
...
Dublin Monk S...
...
Flicker
...
Flicker
...
Irving monk straps
...
Irving monk s...
...
Jackks
...
Jackks
...

The Loafer

@thetalesofman

The Loafer

Favoured by King George VI of England, the loafer didn’t really take off until it became popular in the US in the 1930s. Commonly made of leather or suede, the modern incarnation of this informal shoe is more akin to a moccasin than a royal slipper and thus a great option for informal suits and smart fitted jeans.

Shop The Look
Connery Loafers
...
Connery Loafers
...
Betis Cream
...
Betis Cream
...
Lewis Leather Loafers
...
Lewis Leather...
...
Moorhouse Loafers
...
Moorhouse Loa...
...

The Dress Boot

@shaun.lyle

The Dress Boot

The dress boot harks back to the Victorian era when men had far less choice when it came to what they put on their feet. The boot cut is still a popular alternative to lower cut shoes styles and are available in varying height and decorative styles.

Shop The Look
Comfort Craftsman
...
Comfort Craft...
...
Wilkinson Boots
...
Wilkinson Boots
...
Christopher Leather Boots
...
Christopher L...
...
Houston
...
Houston
...

The Brogue

@thetalesofman

The Brogue

A brogue is more an adoration of a traditional Oxford than it is a shoe style in itself. Brogueing refers to the decorative perforations (that’s the dots) that appear in various patterns on Oxford, Derby, and Monk Strap styles. Originally used to allow water to pass out easily when crossing boggy terrain, the style is now extremely popular among modern city folk too.

Shop The Look
Sinclair Brogues
...
Sinclair Brogues
...
The Luck
...
The Luck
...
Alvaro Lace Ups
...
Alvaro Lace Ups
...
Bourton Brogues
...
Bourton Brogues
...
Jack Phillips
Related Stories
Load More