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01 : OXFORDS
- Originated in Scotland.
- Lace up dress and casual shoe.
- Facing is sewn down under the vamp giving it a closed lace.
- Oxfords refined versatile shoes.
- Can be worn year-round for formal and casual occasions.
- Try pairing with blue suit for work or with jeans on a weekend.
02 : DERBY
- Originated around the famous horse race 12th Earl of Derby.
- Lacing differentiates it from oxford because of open vamp.
- Polished and simple style makes the Derby standout.
- Effortless style that balances for formal and informal.
- Try teaming this shoe with a suit, jeans or chinos.
- Try for a basic, versatile shoe with no marks, cap toes, or stitching.
03 : BROGUE'S
- Irish cousin of the Oxford.
- Decorative holes along the edges of upper material, makes this style unique.
- Can be an Oxford or Derby or Boot style.
- Easily dressed up and down.
- Plain cap toe more appropriate for formal.
- Timeless style that is appropriate for transitional seasons.
- Appropriate for all weather.
- Style with suit or sport jacket and casual pants.
04 : CHUKKA BOOT
- Chukka boots got their name because of the resemblance of boots worn by Polo players.
- Durable boot ideal for a business casual shoe.
- Functionality behind the style.
- Eye catching high ankle casual shoe.
- Traditionally made from calfskin leather.
- Suede or black kid leather are dressier options.
- Can be worn in a variety of temperatures.
- Style with casual pants.
05 : CASUAL SHOES
- Sneakers go back to the 18th century.
- Sneakers in a leather material make it more grown up and upscale.
- A nice leather sneaker is a closet essential, make sure it is well made and comfortable.
- Great for casual occasions with khakis or jeans and a button down.
06 : LOAFER
- Evolved from a Norwegian man who was inspired by traditional Native American and Norwegian footwear.
- Low sitting shoe without laces.
- Similar to a moccasin upper but without any detail on the upper.
- Socks can add visual appeal but are not necessary.
- Classic styles include the penny and tassel loafer.
- Avoid wearing loafers with shorts, unless a boat style loafer.
- Dress loafers are a practical style for suiting and formal wear.
- For a laid-back outfit, pair with dark wash jeans and a button down.
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