There are two non-complicated rules for owning a collection of small shoe that is versatile enough to cover all bases. The first: renounce fashion and make it classic styles. The second: spend as much as possible. Think about quality, not quantity, because the old saying is true. Your shoes are often the first thing people notice about you, especially when they look like they’re around too many blocks.
Since the goal is to have as few Kacamata Rayban pairs as possible, there is another rule: be brutal. Some of our favorite styles are not listed below as they are not essential if you are on a budget or want to save space. Chelsea Boots? Hiking boots? Nice to have, not to have. The same applies to monk belts, pool sliders and even high tops.
But whatever you look like, whatever your budget is and whatever is in the diary for the next 12 months, if you own a pair of well-made shoes in any of the following styles, you have almost every social situation – from the office from the gym to the bar – stylishly shod. You never have to put your foot wrong again.
For The Smartest Occasions : Black Oxfords
The black oxford shoe is your classic school shoe: it is only suitable for business and formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and interviews.
Basically whenever you have a good suit or a black tie. It is often viewed as shoes and sneakers for “professionals” – in fact, they used to be a clothing requirement for jobs at city banks. A bit boring maybe, but also a safe pair of hands (or feet) and the workhorse in your shoe collection if you have a job that requires smart clothes every day.
The name is said to come from a type of ankle boot that became popular at Oxford University in the 19th century, but today most Oxfords will be found in shoe format. From a technical point of view, these are “tightly laced” shoes, in which the inner and outer areas under the vamp (the piece of leather that makes up the front of the shoe) and the tongue are sewn separately.
A high quality couple is a worthwhile investment because it never fails for smart occasions. Some of the best examples are made in England by Crockett & Jones, Church, Loake, Tricker and John Lobb.