Not all shoe styles are multipurpose, wear-with-everything. Here are some of the most common styles available on the high street today.
The great all-rounder, an Oxford shoe is a style of leather shoe with enclosed lacing. Traditionally constructed of leather, these men's shoes originally appeared in Scotland and Ireland and were known as Balmorals. The shoe design is often plain but can include small perforations or ornamentation. Commonly black or brown (although more exotic colours are sometimes seen), simply styled Oxford shoes are appropriate for the office and semi-formal events; for formal affairs, highly polished are more suitable.
Brogues are low-heeled shoes made of leather, and are considered traditional men’s country shoes and look great with casual or semi-formal outfits.
These shoes are usually leather uppers combined with a rubber sole. Originally designed for wear on a boat, the Deck shoe style is known for comfort and looks great with a casual outfit.
Loafers are slip-on, or laceless, shoes. The most common style has a moccasin-like construction, but variations are common, such as the penny loafer. Increasingly, loafers are becoming acceptable when worn with suits in the office, but more formal occasions require a ‘dressier’ shoe.
Monk shoes are laceless and closed by a buckle and strap. This is a moderately formal shoe – less so than an Oxford but more than a loafer, and as such is more suitable for formal occasions.
Ankle length boots, Chukka Boots have two or three lacing eyelets for lacing. First popular in the 1940s and 1950s, they are usually made from calfskin or suede. Classy and great as office shoes, or for semi-formal occasions.
Ankle-high and tight fitting, Chelsea boots first came to prominence during the Victorian era. Noted for their elastic sides that run from the heel to the top of the shoe, the Chelsea Boot design originally began as a type of horse riding boot. Once fashionable amongst the mods of the 1960s, they are back in fashion and fantastic for the busier and more demanding working lifestyle.