It’s party season and that means fixing up and looking sharp. Every man needs a good quality pair of shoes in his wardrobe. It’s important, and it’s true – your shoes are the first thing women look at. Trust us.

Here’s a guide to men’s dress shoes – choose your weapons and win the Christmas party.

The Brogue

The brogue started life as a farmers’ shoe in Scotland and Ireland in the early 19th century. They were hard-wearing for heavy outdoor use and the perforation was to let out any water that got in when the hardy farmers walked through soggy marshland.

Fast forward a few years and the brogue is one of the most versatile shoes you can buy, a timeless classic. A great starting point is a solid brogue like the beautifully crafted Manor from Base London. Its elegant-meets-modern vibes will look cool with jeans or a suit.

Base Manor Brogue

 

The Double Monk

The monk shoe is probably the most fashion forward of all the styles, and this year has seen it take the spotlight. Considered the dressiest of all the dress shoes, it’s relaxing a bit. So while a sharp suit is the obvious choice, you can now buckle up your monks with your jeans or chinos. Check out the Ted Baker Fontin Monk shoe – it’s perfection.

Ted Baker Double Monk

 

The Oxford

The Oxford is another style created by the Scots, but when it first appeared it was called the Balmoral, after the castle where the style originated. They are a traditional leather shoe with a toe cap and eyelets that are hidden under the shoe, often called a close front shoe.

If you want something really smart, we’d suggest a style like the Oliver Sweeney Belair Oxford. This stunning two-tone leather shoe with perforated detail and an elegant shape separates the men from the boys when it comes to footwear any day of the week.

Oliver Sweeney Belair Oxford

 

The Derby

Originally the Derby was a sporting or hunting shoe, but it soon became a more formal gentleman’s shoe.  If you’re looking for a slightly more relaxed, all-rounder, then this timeless classic from Peter Werth may well be it. A navy leather and suede upper with brogue perforation detail make for a smart and comfortable shoe. Nailed it. Remember – no need to fight your way through the mad Christmas shoppers in town – we offer next day, choose your day and Sunday delivery for just £1! You’re welcome.

Peter Werth Derby