AW18 | Shoes Every Man Should Have in his Wardrobe
A man's shoes speak volumes about him and this season Calibre's classic dress shoes form a key part of a discerning gentleman's wardrobe.
The attention to detail that goes into every pair of Calibre shoes is seen in the result, from the finest high quality buttery-soft Italian leather to the perfectly finished stitching, our shoes are designed for superlative, long-wearing style.
Whether it is dress shoes, loafers or sneakers, Calibre will make sure you're noticed for all the right reasons.
Oxford shoes are characterised by the closed lacing system, low-heel and exposed ankle. This is one of the most classic men's dress shoes, which dates back to 1800’s, and deserves a place as a wardrobe staple for all men. Originally, Oxfords were plain, formal shoes, made of leather, but they evolved into a range of styles suitable for formal, uniform, or casual wear.
The Derby is an appropriate dress shoe for every day and is the ultimate all-rounder in terms of fit and comfort. The main difference between the Oxford and Derby is the lace opening. This subtle detail gives the Derby the extra edge in being a slightly more informal style.
With its bold buckle, this shoe sits comfortably between an Oxford and a Derby in terms of formality, and as a fashionable alternative to a lace-up. The origin of the monk strap dates back to the 15th century, worn by European monks who embraced the style for inherently practical reasons, as a closed toe version of the traditional monk sandal. Despite the shoe’s humble origin, the style has since evolved to become an integral part of any discerning modern gentleman’s wardrobe and can be worn from the boardroom to bar with effortless ease. Although the single strap is in general the more prominent, the double strap has the fashion edge.
Although more commonly associated with the iconic preppy style of Ivy Leaguers, the loafer began as a shoe worn by Norwegian fisherman in the 1800s, then was adopted by English and American designers. The not so humble slip-on is a perfect casual option for warmer months and when you want to elevate your usual style uniform. A pair in calfskin is always a suave option when paired with jeans or chinos. A point of contention is whether loafers should be worn with or without socks, but throw caution to the wind and wear without for added style points.
Want to learn how to take care of your leather shoes? Read our blog post on How to care for your Leather Shoes