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The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes

• THE DISCERNING GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO SHOES It's a well known fact that shoes influence how we are viewed professionally and personally, after all, the fairer sex are traditionally advised to first judge a man by his shoes. So, what do you want your shoes to say about you? TYPES OF DRESS SHOES DRESS BOOTS (AKA CHELSEA BOOTS) DERBY OXFORD (AKA BLUCHERS) Cap-toe Cap-toe Cap-toe Broguing Broguing Split-toe Broguing Oxford Balmoral style cut (in the English sense) Slim shape Slight heel Closed lacing Open lacing : Quite plain Quite plain informal formal informal formal Informal formal All-round dress shoes appropriate for all suited occasions Appropriate to wear with a suit but considered less formal than Oxfords Smart or casual, jeans or a suit MIND YOUR LANGUAGE! IN THE UK.. IN THE US. OXFORDS BALMORALS DRESS SHOES %3D OXFORDS %3! In the UK, Balmorals are a type of Oxford where the seams run horizontally along the sides LOAFER (AKA SLIP-ON) BOAT SHOES (TOPSIDERS) SADDLE Moccasin style Tassels Moccasin style Monk strap Plain toe-cap Tassels A casual Oxford shoe Layer of leather over the instep Slip-on Lack of laces or buckles : Traditionally black and white, but comes in many colours Canvas or soft leather : Maximum comfort Non-marking rubber soles informal formal informal formal informal formal Can be business casual or smart weekend wear A casual summer shoe, traditionally worn without socks Casual shoe with a retro vibe EMBELLISHMENTS EXPLAINED VS CLOSED LACING OPEN LACING OXFORD BLUCHER ... ......... ........ .. Closed laces are sewn into the shoe Open laces are sewn on top of the shoe CAP TOES WINGTIP SPLIT TOE A band of leather over the toe Cap toes which comes to a point at the centre Commonly found on Oxfords Considered highly formal Business or black tie occasions Stitching down the middle of the top-cap Sleek and slender, elongated and eye-catching BROGUING MONK STRAP MOCASSIN STYLE Native American origin Decorative perforations along the shoes edges Considered formal enough for a suit Leather strap with a metal buckle Business casual or suitable with Adorned with laces jeans A casual embellishment Appropriate for most occasions ..... .... STYLE TIPS Multiply your wardrobe Brown shoes The more embellishments by adding a variety of belts & shoes are a great way to dress down a formal suit the less formal THE SOCK TO HEIGHT RATIO ILLUSION Matching socks and shoes Matching socks and trousers shortens legs lengthens legs WHAT SOCKS? Socks should complement or contrast, but never clash. If in doubt, match socks with trousers, not shoes! ROLL UP ROLL UP Low profile leathers or canvas shoes are ideal for those who dare to roll BELTING-UP Jeans Suits BLACK SHOES Thick black belt Thin black belt BROWN SHOES Thick brown belt, or matched tones Thin brown belt, or matched tones TRAINERS Fabric belt witha little colour Really? GET THE MOST OUT OF A PAIR OF SHOES Try new shoes at the end of the day when feet tend to be largest Allow space in the toe box for swelling and ventilation Keep shoes pristine - avoid wearing them two days in a row JOIN THE CONVERSATION... Follow Next on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube today. next blog.next.co.uk

The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes

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