Your Guide to Proper Dress Shoes

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The Spring of 2016 is swiftly approaching and I know a lot of men are running themselves rugged trying to find the right shoe or new suit for the season.  A man’s shoes are able to tell you some things about him such as how much he cares about his appearance, which is important to every menswear investor across the world.  If you are searching for the perfect shoe, I hope I can shed some light and guide you right to it with this article.

Like any other shoes Oxfords, Monk straps, Brogues, and even Loafers have different styles. They may come in Suede, Leather, or some may come in both. Today we will focus on my favorite dress shoe, the Oxford.  Oxford dress shoes, which are one of the more popular styles, first appeared in Scotland and Ireland where they were occasionally called Balmorals after the Balmoral Castle.  Oxfords are cut smaller than the foot on purpose to create a mincing step when a man walks.  Different types of Oxfords include Wingtips, Cap toes and Plain toes.  All three are able to add unprecedented flavor to any outfit.

 

1 wing tip oxford

 

In the picture above we have the Wingtip Oxford, which is elegant in design, but still presents that sharp look that every man needs to distinguish them from a boy.  With its intricate design and its attention to detail, this shoe is able to make any man’s confidence take off.

 

2 cap toe oxford

 

Cap toe Oxfords are usually worn when a man attends professional or serious events.  This shoe shows that you respect  fashion enough, and you didn’t go overboard with the shoe’s design and those in an office setting will respect you for that.

 

3 plain toe oxford

Plain toe Oxfords simply add variety to your collection of shoes.  They have the elegance that every other Oxford in the world has and are very ideal for social events.  Expect to see Plain toes as a part of a Groomsmen’s attire or simply the gentleman attending a wedding.

I own all three types of Oxfords and some people don’t understand why if it is the same kind of shoe. I just laugh and begin to enlighten them on the history and the evolving shoe known as the Oxford.

 

 

 

Jimmy Barnes is a graduating senior who is a Broadcast/Mass Communications major. He will be a staff writer for The Campus Chronicle for 2015-2016 school year.

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