A Guide to Men's Dress Shoes

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There are so many options when it comes to men's dress shoes that it can become challenging to know what exactly you need. Today, we're breaking it down with this quick guide so that you can be comfortable and confident wherever your dress shoes take you!

Shoe Styles

Men's dress shoes are the "final touch," completing outfits that are smart, professional, comfortable, and functional. However, if you don't know what your options are, you might end up with a shoe that's less than perfect for your needs. Let's take a look at some of the most common men's shoes and what they're designed for!


Oxfords are a popular choice because they can fit just about any need, matching casual outfits just as easily as professional and formal attire. You can generally identify Oxfords by their lacing and by their slim, foot-hugging shape. They come in a wide variety of colors, but black is best for formal wear, while any dark color is ideal for business attire. Any color can fit a casual outfit.

Monk Straps

Rather than the Oxford's smart lacing, Monk Strap shoes have leather straps fastened with buckles. Thanks to their unique design, they tend to be more decorative and catch the eye more than the simple but reliable Oxford.


If you see a shoe that reminds you of a moccasin, it's probably a loafer. These comfortable slip-on shoes come in a vast variety of types and styles, so you can almost always find one to suit your needs.

Dress Boots

Dress boots are exactly what they sound like: lace-up boots that go just above the ankle and lend themselves to most formal attire (but not all). You'll generally have a choice between leather and suede. Dress boots are a great addition to your wardrobe for colder months. 

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