Have you ever bought a great pair of leather shoes only to find they didn’t go with half your wardrobe? Not all leather shoes styles are multipurpose, wear-with-everything types of footwear, and depending on the event you’re attending, some dress shoes are more suitable than others. Since quality leather shoes are usually quite pricey, we’ve compiled this guide of shoe styles to take the mystery out of the often harrowing experience of buying stylish and appropriate footwear.
Black Oxford Leather Shoes:
Don’t bother with black patent leather shoes you’ll only wear a few times in your life, unless you’re a red carpet regular or constantly getting married. Instead, opt for a pair of narrow black leather shoes—they’re just as polished and elegant, but also look good with your work clothes. Black Oxford Leather Shoes will go with tuxedos, dark jeans, and navy, gray, and black suits.
Dark Brown Oxford Shoes:
Nothing ruins a look like a pair of clunky, square-toed shoes. They look dated even if you just bought them, and your whole outfit falls flat. A pair of dark brown leather oxfords with a round toe. They’re modern and sophisticated, and go with nearly everything in your wardrobe. This works best with business or casual dress.
When it’s so cold you can feel the wind through your laces, it’s time to switch to Chelsea boots. Since they’re laceless, they keep your feet and ankles warm, but unlike most boots, they’re dressed up enough to wear around the office. Bonus: These integrate Nike Air technology, so they’re extremely comfortable. This will go with casual dress like jeans and cords or dress them up with dark jeans, a button down or sweater, and a tweed jacket.
They are simply the best shoe for loafing around. They’re leisure shoes and they should be really comfortable. Now, many brands are giving them a more modern silhouette. Exhibit A: This slim pair, with its attractive gathering and top-stitching detail. This works best with Jeans and khakis; shorts in the summer, but no socks.
Women love beat-up boots on a man. They remind us of that too-cool-for-school dude had a crush on as teenagers. And even if you don’t have an edge, they’ll give you one. Like, Brad Pitt. He has about a dozen kids, but still has an edge, you know? It works best with extremely casual dress weathered jeans and T-shirts, olive cargos and Henleys. These will be your go-to weekend boots.