Leather Shoes For Men
Leather Shoes For Men
In the Regency period during the day, upper-class gentlemen in western Europe wore dress boots and boots or pumps by night which accompanied silk knee-high stockings and breeches. The shoes originally had silver cut-steel buckles but these were removed by the influence of Brummell and a square grosgrain bow was added. By Victorian times evening footwear was pumped when there would be dancing or music hence the name opera shoe or opera slipper and patent leather dress boots otherwise. Pumps remained as standard with evening full dress until the 1930s. At that time the dress boot was also going out of fashion as laced shoes began to be worn at all times.
Even though it now survives in much the same form as it was at the start of the 19th century though it is occasionally now worn with plain not patent calf pumps have been largely displaced by Oxfords perhaps because of an effeminate image and the declining use of white tie. It remains acceptable though rare with black tie and since formal boots are now hardly ever worn pumps are standard with white tie their only remaining common use. They are still preferred with formalwear by many leaders of style. The original versions worn with steel-cut buckles are still worn as part of British court uniform and dress.
Most men dress shoes are made of leather usually entirely including the outers lining and sole though for more durability at the expense of elegance many shoes are made with rubber soles. Non-leather men dress shoes are also available.
Shoes are usually made with many pieces of leather and the seams can be decorated in various ways most revolve around some type of brogueing. Brogues have rows of decorative punching in
Full brogues or wingtips the standard American name have a toe cap in wavy shape with punched patterns on various sections of the shoe half brogues have a normal straight-edged toe cap and less punching finally other terms such as quarter-brogue etc. may be used to describe progressively less brogueing. All of the standard styles below may be brogued.
Oxfords or Balmorals lace up and tie to keep them on the wearer’s foot and have a closed lacing where the pieces of leather joined by the laces are sewn together at the bottom. Many Oxfords have an additional piece of leather sewn over the toe section known as a toe cap. Oxfords are the standard shoe to wear with most suits. White Buck shoes are a variant of the oxford that is made of buckskin and considered the companion to seersucker and other summer suit fabrics.
A monk shoe also called a monk strap has no lacing and is closed by a strap with a buckle. Monk shoes are typically regarded as less formal they are often considered appropriate for business formal but rarely appropriate with any kind of formal attire.