Craig of That Dapper Chap tells us everything we need to know about the difference between the various styles of men’s shoes
Any dapper gent worth their salt needs great shoes. He also needs to understand his shoes to ensure that he wears the right shoe for the right occasion.
Confused about the differences between an Oxford and a loafer? Unsure what a kilted brogue is? Unsure if you need Monk straps in your life? Worry no more, That Dapper Chap is here to help and tell you everything that you need to know.
Mens shoes are available in a wide range of styles but can you tell which each style is?
If you’re looking for a formal shoe for the office or a smart occasion Oxfords are the way to go. They tend to be very plain, unobtrusive and inoffensive. They are a very neat lace up shoe, and the section with the eyelets for the laces is sewn under the top section of the shoe. They may come with or without a toe cap and tend to be available in black and brown more than other colourways. A black tie event may call for a pair in patent leather for impeccable elegance.
Oxfords: Patent black leather from Cheaney. Brown leather from Cheaney and Oxfords with a toe cap from Next
Another great formal option, a Derby only really differs from an Oxford in that the section that contains the eyelets for the laces is outside and not stitched under the top section. Again they can come with or without a toe cap. Both Derby and Oxford shoes can come in patterned leather or with brogueing and other details, so they don’t need to be plain if you fancied something a little more interesting.
Derby’s: black leather ‘Rutherford’ Derby shoes from Barker. Barker ‘Benedict’ and Robinson’s ‘chester’
Me wearing Oxford shoes in brown suede by White Stuff