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Types of Mens Shoes

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Confused about the different styles of shoes? Here is a brief run down on the most popular styles. 


Lace-up shoes built to be worn below a man’s ankle. A classic shoe style with a formal, elegant, and dressy appeal. Oxfords come in any colour although black and browns are most popular. Typically the sleeker the design, the more formal the shoe. Brogue oxfords and heavier construction on the other hand appear a bit less formal. Pair the oxford shoes with dress pants but not jeans.

Cap Toes

The term cap toe refers to the extra layer of leather near the front of the shoes. That being said, oxfords as well as Blüchers can be “Cap Toed”. Heavy brogue takes away the formality but does add a more uniqueness. Depending on the style and formality, cap toed dress shoes can be worn with suits, tuxedos, and even jeans.


The term “Wing Tip” refers to the shape of the cap toe that looks like wings stretching across the front of the shoe. While most wing tips are solid in color (mostly back or brown), two-toned date back to the 1920s (black & white). Today two-toned wingtips are once again quite popular and perfect for a smart-casual dress.


Slip-ons are not oxfords as they do not use laces; by design they are less formal although if conservatively styled they can and have been worn with suits. However, they are generally more at home with grey flannel trousers and a sport jacket. Many of the styles you’ll find in the slip-on category could have been classified below as casual footwear; this just highlights the fact that there are very few hard lines when dividing items like this.


Slip-on loafers are built with heavier rubber soles and more casual uppers to include leather imitations. Their styles are wide and range, but the purpose of their construction is to fill the void between canvas shoes and dress shoes while maximizing comfort at a value price. Loafer’s are the traveling business man’s best friend. They slip on and off easily when going through security, they are comfortable, and versatile. The less of your socks are visible the more formal the look. Loafers look great with jeans and dress pants, as well as with suits when not wearing a necktie. 

Monk Straps

The term “Monk strap” refers to the buckled strap the replaces shoe laces. Monk straps come with one, two, and even three straps, are available in any colour, can be made from a wide variety of different leathers, and can be cap toed as well as wingtipped. Monk strap shoes are perfect for those who seek a more unique type of shoe that will draw attention. When matching the shoes, make sure that the colour of the clasp matches your belt buckle, wrist watch, and cufflinks.

Dress Boots

Dress boots are a sleek and minimalistic boot style that can be worn with jeans, odd trousers, and suits. Dress boots come in a wide variety of styles such as brogue, wing tip, monk strap, and cap toed.

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