Men's Dress Shoes

Be on-trend with Men’s Dress Shoes from Brilliant Shops

Men’s dress shoes have evolved over the last century from their humble beginnings as a necessity for men in the workforce to a fashion statement for men of all ages. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to wear dress shoes with thick rubber soles or dress shoes in unique leather colours. The most common types of men's dress shoes are:

  • Oxfords like Tully: These men's dress shoes have a closed lacing system, meaning the laces are stitched under the vamp. This gives them a clean look that is perfect for formal occasions.
  • Loafers like Arlie: Loafers are men's dress shoes that you can put on and take off easily.
  • Derby like Men's Magic Place: The Derby is a men's dress shoe with an open lacing system. This type of men's dress shoe is less formal than the Oxford and goes perfectly with a pair of chinos.

There are many more slightly lesser known men's dress shoes, such as the so-called dress boots and well-liked styles such as Chelsea boots. Did you know that there are also different toe styles that you can choose from? There are plain-toe dress shoes, cap-toe dress shoes, and wingtip dress shoes, just to name a few!

A quick look at the history of dress shoes

Oxford dress shoes come from, you guessed it, Oxford! Back in the early 1800s, Oxford students loved this type of footwear. Today, many Oxford dress shoe styles are even perfect for everyday wear! In particular lighter brown leather Oxfords can be worn with a pair of jeans. The slightly more casual Derby Dress shoes were seen as sporting boots in the 1850s. Then, in the beginning of the 20th century, derby shoes became popular as an everyday dress shoe as well. Loafers gained popularity in the 1960s amongst American businessmen. Nowadays, loafers are fashionable everyday footwear.

How to Find the Perfect Dress Shoe 

Now that you know a little more about the history of some men's dress shoes, it is time to find the perfect pair. Firstly, you have to think about why you want to buy dress shoes. Are they for a special occasion? Or everyday use?

Secondly, you should take into consideration what color you would like. Black men's dress shoes are the go-to color for formal events, whereas brown men's dress shoes can be worn more casually. Size and fit are important too. Your new pair shouldn't be too tight and give your toes enough room at the front. And of course, when you walk, your heel should not slip out of the back of the dress shoe.

Lastly, consider the material of the dress shoe. Leather is a classic and timeless choice, but you could also go for suede men's dress shoes. Dress shoes with a thick sole like Nio Wing give off a more casual look, while a thinner leather sole looks more formal. It all depends on your personal preferences and style!

Now that you know more about men's dress shoes, it is time to start shopping for your perfect pair! Check out the wide range of men's dress shoes at Brilliant Shops today.

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