Footwear Focus: Formal
“You can always judge a man by his shoes.” It's said that, undoubtedly, shoes are equally as important as your outfit. You wouldn’t want to match a pristine three-piece suit with a pair of basic lace ups. Traditionalists from Saville Row would argue that you're restricted to two main groups; you can either opt for a classic Oxford or more detailed Brogue. However, there are some new kids on the block that are adding a little extra something to your formal attire. Check out our picks below.
The Monk Strap
It's thought that the monk strap is one of the youngest models in footwear. However, it's considered to be the backbone of classic shoe design. Traditionally it's thought this shoe is less formal than a pair of oxfords, however, you can dress a monk strap up or down. You can either team them up with a tailored trouser and a tucked in polo for that smart casual vibe or, match with a crisp shirt and waistcoat for a dapper, modern look. David Beckham is known to kill it when he wears a pair of these with a two-piece suit.
The tassel loafer originated in New York in the late '50s. It offers a sophisticated take on a relaxed classic and is probably the most chilled out style of all formal footwear. Its easy slip on design means it works with almost all formal attire and is ideal for the summer months. No socks = loafer heaven. The cut of the trouser is key for this shoe - you want just a little bit of ankle showing to showcase the design. David Gandy is known to regularly pair a loafer with a tailored suit to give a European look to his outfit.
Similar to the oxford, the derby offers classic sophistication with a modern edge. Laces traditionally set the two shoes apart, with the derby going for an open lacing system and exposed ankle. They're either plain or come with a brogue style pattern. Daniel Craig is most famously known for wearing derby shoes when in character as 007, so if they are good enough for James Bond, they’re good enough for you. Derbies are best paired with a three-piece, adding a modern edge to your classic suit.
Words by boohooMAN Student Ambassador, Luke Catleugh