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From the Hands of Artisans: Handmade Men's Formal Shoes Styles Guide

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Oxford in Antiqued Bordeaux Leather

Oxford Shoes

Oxford shoes are typically characterized by their closed lacing system, which means that the eyelets are attached under the vamp (the front part of the shoe that covers the toes). This gives the shoe a sleek, streamlined appearance. Oxfords are often considered the most formal type of men's shoe and are commonly worn with suits, but can also be dressed down with jeans.

Derby shoes

xford in Antiqued Positano Leather by Paolo Scafora

Derby shoes, also known as Bluchers, are similar to Oxfords but have an open lacing system. The eyelets are attached to a separate piece of leather that is sewn onto the vamp, which allows for more adjustability and a wider fit. Derby shoes are a little less formal than Oxfords, but still suitable for most dressy occasions.

Monk Shoes

Derby in Antiqued Montella Leather - Goodyear Construction, by Paolo Scafora

Monk Shoes: Monk shoes are characterized by their buckled strap or straps instead of laces. They come in single monk, double monk, and triple monk styles, depending on the number of straps. Monk shoes are considered a little less formal than Oxfords or Derbys, but can still be worn in most dressy situations.


Boot Single Monk in Blue Suede by Paolo Scafora

Loafers are slip-on shoes that are characterized by their lack of laces or buckles. They come in a variety of styles, from the classic penny loafer to the more modern tassel loafer. Loafers are generally less formal than Oxfords, Derbys, or Monks, but can still be dressed up with the right outfit.

Loafer in Antiqued Montella Leather - Extrema construction by Paolo Scafora


Boots are a versatile and rugged shoe style that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They typically feature a higher ankle and come in a variety of styles, including chukka, Chelsea, and work boots.

Man's Shoe - Jodhpur in Antiqued Bosco Leatherin a Goodyear contruction

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