Quality dress shoes are not just great to have but a necessity. Sneakers have their place, but there are instances where even the best sneakers won't do. Whether it's a wedding, job interview, or corporate meeting, some occasions require footwear that's as refined as it is timeless. It's time to dust off the sweetest pair of dress shoes from your collection and make a statement.
There are options for every style and price range. It's worth spending a bit more for quality as it means you'll have shoes that last for years rather than months. To ensure you're getting your money's worth, research the market and find something that suits your wardrobe and budget. Here are the eight must-have dress shoe styles: oxford, derby, brogue, loafer, chukka, Chelsea boot, monk strap, and Venetian slipper.
If you're buying just one pair of dress shoes, make it an oxford. Its "closed-throat" construction makes it the perfect style for formal and work events. Look for the "V" shape near the eyelets, and you're good to go.
Derbies are slightly less formal than oxfords, but are versatile and can work with a variety of suits, and they can also be worn with jeans and tweed trousers.
Brogues refer not to a specific silhouette but to the decorative detailing on the top. The perforations, originally intended for functionality, have become a staple in modern dress shoes.