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Do You Know How to Pick the Best Men's Dress Shoes?

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The well-dressed man knows his shoes are a key element of his overall appearance and can make or break that vital first impression. After all, you don't want to be seen in your casual slip-ons when your oxfords would be more appropriate footwear.

Use this simple guide to decode the various men's shoe options and their characteristics so you can quickly decide what kind of outfits and occasions is appropriate for each.


Oxfords are lace-up shoes designed to be worn below the ankle. Commonly divided into balmorals and bluchers, the difference between them lies in their lacing systems.


Balmorals are referred to as “Oxfords” while bluchers are referred to as “Derbys”.

Balmoral Oxfords

Balmoral Oxfords use a closed lacing system and are usually styled more simply than bluchers. Therefore, they are classified as being the dressier of the two and are best worn with tailor made men's suits and formal wear.


We recommend you own a classic pair of balmoral oxfords to wear along with your two piece men's suit.


Bluchers are favoured by men as their go-to pair of shoes for wearing with the men's suits in their wardrobe. For casual clothing, bluchers utilising brogueing.


A split toe or colour combinations are the best.


Slip-ons are not considered oxfords because they do not use laces and are less formal by design. However, they can be worn with suits if they are conservatively styled. Usually, they work well with grey flannel trousers and a sports jacket or casual wear.


Moccasins, monk straps and tassel loafers are other popular options. Slip-ons are the most popular version of casual footwear. For example, when it comes to travelling – where you might have go through 6 metal detectors within 24 hours – there's nothing that beats the comfort and ease of slip-on shoes.


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