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Men of Style 22 December 2021

’Tis The Season for a Dressy Shoe

When an event calls for the abandonment of your favourite summer sandals, we have you covered.

We are well and truly into the festive season, and with this comes the ramping up of invites to dinners and ‘dress to impress’ events. While we love a summer sandal, they may unfortunately stretch the dress code a little too much. But, don’t worry if your wardrobe is lacking more appropriate footwear because we have you covered. From espadrilles to oxfords and loafers, there are options for all.


Words By Kaylah Baker

Espadrilles

For a shoe more suited to warmer weather, espadrilles are a comfortable, lightweight option that can be worn throughout the day and well into the night.

A bohemian styled canvas slip-on shoe with a braided jute sole, they are the definition of practicality meets style.

Originating from being seen as a shoe for peasants, they have adapted into becoming a recognisable shoe across many brands.

Gaining most notable attention in the seventies when Yves Saint Laurent joined forces with espadrille manufacturers Isabel Sauras and Lorenzo Castañer, to launch the wedge-heeled women’s version.

This step forward launched the shoe into popularity in both men and women shoe departments, and the interest has never failed to disappear.

Versatile enough to suit casual and more dressed-up occasions, the shoe will become a quick favourite.

Fendi Logo-embroidered Canvas & Leather Espadrilles, $990, Matches Fashion

Oxfords

Manufactured for more formal events, the Oxford shoe is a necessity in all men’s shoe collections.

Dating back to the 18th to 19th century, arguments have arisen over who gets to claim the shoe as their own.

Finding themselves popular after an era of high boots, the namesake has been said to originate from the prestigious Oxford University.

But no matter the version of the story you believe, there is no denying they are a well-adapted shoe.

Traditionally a tight-fitting shoe with closed-lacing, there will be no formal event too fancy.

And with the festive season and the popular summer wedding calendar filling up, it is worth getting in early with the oxford shoe.

Shiny and chic, there will be no task more rewarding than polishing them for a mirror finish.

So, be the envy at every event and get shopping for a classically, timeless style.

Edward Green Chelsea Cap-Toe Burnished-Leather Oxford Shoes, £1,020.25, Mr Porter

Loafers

Becoming a heavily revamped shoe among many high-end brands, the loafer is a consistent shoe for many fashion-enthused people.

A trans-seasonal choice, they are perfect year-round.

And with the opposite hemispheres approaching the festive season of snow or sun, the loafer is a shoe ready for both forecasts.

For a dressy event, pair with pants that taper just above the ankle to have the loafer making you look classically sophisticated without even trying.

A far cry from their beginnings when the loafer was a choice of footwear for a Northern European fisherman in the early 1900s.

But as fate would have it, they quickly gained prominence and attraction. Transforming into the many variations we see today.

And thankfully there is no right or wrong way to wear them.

Socks or no socks, shorts or pants, suit or no suits; they are a fashion statement for every occasion.

Gucci Web Stripe Leather Loafers, $1,270, Matches Fashion