Genuine Leather Formal Shoes For Men
Owning a genuine leather shoe is one of the priceless possession a man can have. It’s a smart and stylish investment for your formal shoes collection. Your wardrobe is absolutely incomplete without a pair of genuine leather shoes.
They are suitable for office, business meetings and wedding, and if you style them smartly they can be paired for a semi-formal or a casual look as well. There is a variety of genuine leather shoes on LimeRoad that will surely add more style to your formal outfit game.
Types Of Formal Shoes
Widely there are 5 types of formal shoes to choose from:
- Oxford Shoes: Oxford shoes were famously worn at Oxford University, from where it gets its name. They have three-panel construction with closed flap for lacing. Toe is elongated with or without a cap toe and stitched with a leather sole.
- Derby Shoes: Derby shoes got its fame as a hunting shoe in the 1850s. They have a more relaxed look giving the shoe flexibility in terms of how they can be worn, both formal and casual. They have open lacing, only feature which makes it different from oxfords. Toe is either elongated or round. They have a three-panel construction and a leather sole.
- Brogues: Brogues are sturdy, low-heeled style of shoe. These were traditionally considered to be outdoor shoes, but now considered appropriate in both business and casual occasions. Its characteristic feature is the perforation on the toe for decoration, and open lacing. Typically it has a wing tip, the piece of leather at the tow forms a W shape and extends towards the heel with long wings. It also has perforated detailing on the seams and faces of the shoes.
- Monk Straps: A monk shoe have no lacing with a toe cap and easy to slip on. It is closed by a single or double buckle strap and has been known to be the ‘most advanced’ dress shoe. It is less formal than a full oxford, but not that relaxed as a derby.
- Loafers: loafer is a low, laceless shoe that really steps up thing on the spectrum of formal shoes. The most common styles are penny and tassel loafer. Being a slip-on, they are pretty comfortable to wear and carry throughout the day.
Designs And Patterns
There is a decent range of colors available, black, brown and tan being the most popular for formal attire. Apart from them there is burgundy, navy blue, charcoal, olive and many more to choose from.
Leather shoes can be solid or with surface texture designs. All three designs are seen on all the five styles. Genuine leather is not lustrous in nature, hence polished solid color give a sharpness and little shine; texture gives a roughness with no or little luster as compared to solid, spread overall or a to a single section of the shoe.
Style Your Leather Shoe
There is no hard and fast rules to style your leather shoes. It works best with all the colors when paired up. A well-fitted suit will look perfect with any type of leather shoes. Oxford and monk straps looks classy and stylish with a well-tailored suit. Brogues are fancy and offer a decent style to any color of formal outfit you pair with it.
Derby looks a bit chunkier than the oxfords and a good option for regular office wear to create a style statement. And it is impossible to go wrong with loafers, with minimum efforts. Browse through the wide range of genuine leather shoes available on LimeRoad, and pick your favorite one!