Some General Tips To Consider when choosing your Shoes:
Depending on the color of your suit, you will want to wear different color shoes. Specifically, if you are wearing a black, navy, or gray suit, black shoes are the way to go. Brown shoes go well with tan suits and some shades of navy. In general, black shoes do go with more suit colors and appear more formal than their brown counterparts.
For more formal occasions, go for lace-up shoes rather than slip ons. Closed laced shoes are also preferred over open laced shoes.If you’re wondering what the difference is, closed laces are what you call shoes that have a V shape where they get tied together. Open lace shoes have more of a parallel shape where they are tied together.
Remember that when you are wearing dressy shoes, the laces should be tied horizontally as opposed to the criss-cross pattern most commonly associated with athletic shoes.
Try to choose smooth and shiny leather shoes over Suede and nubuck. The latter type is considered to be less formal.
Leather soled shoes are always preferred over rubber soled shoes. Remember, you can always repair the soles of your shoes if they need it.
Try to wear thin socks that match the color of your trousers. If you are wearing a tan suit, your socks should match the color of your shoes.
So what type of shoes are there?
The Oxford Dress Shoe
Oxford shoes are probably the most popular type of dress shoes. Any man should have at least one pair of black Oxfords. Round toes, a cap, and closed lacing are the characterizing elements of this type of shoe.
The Wingtip Dress Shoe
Wingtips are generally known for the W that is formed at the tip of the shoe. This type of shoe also comes with a brogued cap.
The Derby and Blucher
The Derby and the Oxford are similar. The main difference is that the Oxford is closed-laced whereas the Derby is open-laced. This type of shoe goes really well with a blazer.
If you live in a cold climate or see snow often, you’ll want to invest in a pair of dress boots. Boots generally do give you a more rugged look.
Loafer and Monkstrap
Loafers and slip ons are more casual dress shoes. They are generally acceptable attire for business; however, they are not the best choice for a formal event.
White Bucks are like Oxfords – except that they are made of white buckskin. These shoes are generally flashy and are more commonly worn during the summer months.