When Autumn comes, I couldn’t be happier (this also happens in Spring!). I’m getting to wear, again, my favorite pair of dress shoes, meaning Brogues or Oxford shoes. Maybe you’re wondering how should women wear dress shoes, why they are popping everywhere and what makes Nothing is more simple. Autumn seems to be the perfect season for them. Not too cold, not too warm. Just right. One great advantage about them? They don’t involve heels!
“A dress shoe is a shoe to be worn at smart casual or more formal events. A dress shoe is typically contrasted to an athletic shoe. Dress shoes are worn by many as their standard daily shoes and are widely used in dance, for parties, and for special occasions.” (Wikipedia)
As you could see, the past few seasons presented a large variety of models. Going to the office or any other event that is above casual, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear heels. Dress shoes are just as good and, and while heels don’t bring something new, these shoes can bring some chic to your outfit. Plus, your feet don’t hurt after spending 8 hours in them. Trust me!
How Should Women Wear Dress Shoes
Here are my favorite types of dress shoes: Brogue, Oxford, Derby, Loafer and Chelsea Boot. If you’re not sure which model to choose, read here some details about them, maybe you’ll decide better.
#1 Brogue Shoes
I like brogues best because of the details (wingtip) and perforations on leather. The new models have interesting types of heel and sole, which can have different colors and materials, not just leather. However, leather is the best when it comes to any type of shoe. That’s why I like them. They are versatile, you can wear them however you please (shopping, office, different events).
Before adding a wingtip, shoes can be semi brogue: perforated in the center of the toe cap, but no other designs or quarter brogue: no perforations in the center of the toe cap. Full brogues can be more than a detail. They can be a style. They can also have a long wing tip.
The wingtip can be of a different color than the rest of the shoe, or, the shoe can have three distinct colors on it. The extra pieces of leather can be suede, offering a more relaxed look. The point is: with brogues, you can combine leather and suede leather and, also, colors. Personalize them in your own style. Have fun!
#2 Oxford Shoes
These types of shoes are the classic and formal ones, with a low heel and a sleek appearance. Go black when looking for a pair of Oxfords. They are defined by simplicity (plain toe): no details, no toecap. Wear them at black tie events or other formal meetings.
#3 Derby Shoes
Derbies are also a type of formal lace-up shoes but have a more vigorous feel due to the extra piece of leather on the toe (cap toe). I recommend a shade of brown, red or cognac for this type of dress shoes. I think that these are perfect for an office look – not too sleek (Oxfords), not too casual-funky (Brogues).
Loafers are a type of shoes that don’t have laces, they just slip on the feet. They do not have details and you should keep in mind that loafers have a heel and are not to be confused them with moccasins. I don’t have a pair of loafers, but I think I would wear them out for a walk with friends or when shopping due to the fact that they are so easy to wear.
#5 Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots can be easily worn with a suit or with jeans. They are very comfortable, so it should be a true pleasure to wear them. They are perfect for rainy weather, but also for cold spring mornings and the options are plenty.
6 Golden Rules To Keep In Mind Before Buying Dress Leather Shoes
- #1 Don’t go shopping in the morning. Go out, walk, do your chores and then go shoe shopping. Feet swell during the day, so this should help you better decide on the size.
- #2 Always try both shoes on. Since most of us have one foot larger than the other, it’s better to walk around in them and see if there are any differences regarding the size.
- #3 Give yourself some space! You should allow a little bit of space between the tips of your toes and the shoe. You should move your toes comfortably.
- #4 You want comfortable shoes? Always buy leather ones. Yes, they are more expensive, but you should see it as an investment. Quality shoes can go for seasons without any damage. Also, the feet can breathe in them and leather adapts to the shape of the feet very well.
- #5 Remember to wear the same type socks you intend to wear with your new shoes so that the fit remains the same.
- #6 Invest in a professional shine product if you want your shoes to live a long life.
Dress shoes are, maybe, my every occasion type of shoes when it comes to autumn and spring. If I have a few pairs of dress shoes and some heels, I think I’m set. I can say that I learned my lesson regarding shoes: I always go for leather or suede leather. Nothing else matters for me. I make sure it’s a good quality and that my feet and toes feel comfortable in dress shoes since I walk a lot.
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