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How To Choose The Best Formal Shoes

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They say that shoes can make a man. And with the right pair, anything is possible. In fact, of all the items in a man’s wardrobe, shoes are the single most important element of style.. yet it’s often the most overlooked.

Now I’ll admit, in my earlier years, I too was guilty of this. When I had my first job interview, I bought a pair of black dress shoes from a local department store, and anytime I had a formal event to go to (work, interviews, weddings, funerals, first dates, etc), I’d throw them on and be on my way.

But here’s the thing. When it comes to formal shoes, you get what you pay for. So spend the extra money for some well-made shoes made with real leather, sturdy stitching and solid soles, as you will definitely get your money’s worth out of them over time. Italian shoes are made to last: Canali’s formal shoes are known for their great craftsmanship and high quality. I’ll share some tips with you in a moment, but first let me tell you one other reason why you should opt for this kind of shoes.

Trust me when I tell you that women will take notice of your shoes. I’ll never forget this job interview I had a few years back. I had dressed to impress, with a freshly pressed suit, starched shirt, a bold tie, and a nice watch, along with my brand new, very nice, somewhat expensive shoes. The very first thing the interviewer said to me as I walked into her office was “nice shoes”.

When it comes to dress shoes, there are numerous styles to choose from (Oxfords, Derby shoes, loafers and monk straps), and depending on the occasion, some will be more suitable than others. Not sure which one to go with? We’re here with some suggestions to help you out.

Black calfskin Oxford shoes

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic black leather Oxfords (plain toe or cap toe), which can be worn for the most formal of events (black tie, weddings, funerals and job interviews). They’re sleek, simplistic, and should be a staple of any man’s closet.

If you are looking for something that’s not quite as formal, the Derby shoe is a solid choice, with open lacing that allows for a wider fit than an Oxford. One of my favorite looks is a brown leather Derby brogue (with decorative perforations along the seams of the shoe) with a pair of jeans or chinos and a sharp shirt.

Loafers and monk straps are nice options when you’re dressing up in the summer months, going well with a lightweight linen suit or a button-down shirt and chinos. Socks are of course optional.

Hopefully this post helps you understand the differences between the various options available, so you can look your best at any event, interview, meeting, or date that requires a formal shoe.

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