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A Guide to Men's Dress Shoe

June 22, 2018

A GUIDE TO MEN'S DRESS SHOE

A GUIDE TO MEN'S DRESS SHOE

When speaking about shoes, it’s a very general subject, ranging from sneakers to Oxfords, Derbys and Mocassins. But do you have all the right knowledge to guide you on getting the perfect shoe for the proper occasion, especially formal events? Here’s everything you need to know about dress shoes.

This guide is intended to educate you and help you in picking the right choice from all the options of dress shoes.

When speaking about shoes, it’s a very general subject, ranging from sneakers to Oxfords, Derbys and Mocassins. But do you have all the right knowledge to guide you on getting the perfect shoe for the proper occasion, especially formal events? Here’s everything you need to know about dress shoes.

This guide is intended to educate you and help you in picking the right choice from all the options of dress shoes.



The Anatomy of A Dress Shoe

The Anatomy of A Dress Shoe


Types of Lacing

Types of Lacing

‘Derbys’ and ‘Oxfords’ are often mistaken for each other. How do you differentiate it? The lacings of both shoes indicates the differences in which Oxfords are always close laced while Derbys are open laced.

‘Derbys’ and ‘Oxfords’ are often mistaken for each other. How do you differentiate it? The lacings of both shoes indicates the differences in which Oxfords are always close laced while Derbys are open laced.

In closed lacing shoes, you will not be able to run your finger from the top of the tongue to the top of the shoe. The facing and quarters are sewn together with the vamp. This feature gives out a more elegant look to compliment the perfectly tailored suit, taking your style to a new level.

'Open Lacing' has laces opened at the bottom of the edge. You should be able to run your finger from the tongue to the top of the shoe. Derby shoes are less formal than Oxfords because the open laces but this feature allows the shoe to open much wider and is easier to put on.

In closed lacing shoes, you will not be able to run your finger from the top of the tongue to the top of the shoe. The facing and quarters are sewn together with the vamp. This feature gives out a more elegant look to compliment the perfectly tailored suit, taking your style to a new level.

'Open Lacing' has laces opened at the bottom of the edge. You should be able to run your finger from the tongue to the top of the shoe. Derby shoes are less formal than Oxfords because the open laces but this feature allows the shoe to open much wider and is easier to put on.


Types of Dress Shoes

Types of Dress Shoes

Oxford Shoe

Oxford Shoe

This shoe is named after being a popular fashion statement at The University of Oxford in the 1800s. If you’re going for a classic staple, Oxfords are the number one pick. Oxfords are also suitable for formal and even casual events. In short, it’s the first thing that pops up when looking for formal shoes.

Despite being confused with Derbys, Oxfords are very different to Derbys. Here are 3 characteristics on how to identify an Oxford: Oxfords are meant to expose your ankles, it must be low-heeled and most importantly, the lacings are always Closed Lacing.

Oxford shoes may come in many different designs like cap toe oxford, wingtip oxford, plain toe oxford.

This shoe is named after being a popular fashion statement at The University of Oxford in the 1800s. If you’re going for a classic staple, Oxfords are the number one pick. Oxfords are also suitable for formal and even casual events. In short, it’s the first thing that pops up when looking for formal shoes.

Despite being confused with Derbys, Oxfords are very different to Derbys. Here are 3 characteristics on how to identify an Oxford: Oxfords are meant to expose your ankles, it must be low-heeled and most importantly, the lacings are always Closed Lacing.

Oxford shoes may come in many different designs like cap toe oxford, wingtip oxford, plain toe oxford.

CAP TOE OXFORD

The added piece of leather across the toe cap of the Oxford shoe is what make it "cap toe/captoe/cap-toe'. Oxford shoes come in many different colours like tan, cognac, brown, but black coloured Oxford shoes are the most preferred and suitable for black tie events. Black cap toes Oxford may serve double duty as a tuxedo shoe although it is not formal enough for traditional black tie.

This genuine leather cap toe Oxford comes with 5 eyelet for the laces with linings made with genuine leather and suitable for a formal look. This shoe will be able to give out a formal look for any event.  

CAP TOE OXFORD

The added piece of leather across the toe cap of the Oxford shoe is what make it "cap toe/captoe/cap-toe'. Oxford shoes come in many different colours like tan, cognac, brown, but black coloured Oxford shoes are the most preferred and suitable for black tie events. Black cap toes Oxford may serve double duty as a tuxedo shoe although it is not formal enough for traditional black tie.

This genuine leather cap toe Oxford comes with 5 eyelet for the laces with linings made with genuine leather and suitable for a formal look. This shoe will be able to give out a formal look for any event.  

WINGTIP OXFORD/BROGUE

Wingtip Oxfords come with a decorative M-shaped or W-shaped toe cap with edges that extend along the sides of the shoe. This type of Oxford is less formal compared to Plain Toe Oxford and Whole Cut Oxford. However, it is suitable for weddings and officewear, also smart casual style.

Made up of Genuine Cow Leather, this brogue Wingtip Oxford gives a classic look on a formal dress shoe.

WINGTIP OXFORD/BROGUE

Wingtip Oxfords come with a decorative M-shaped or W-shaped toe cap with edges that extend along the sides of the shoe. This type of Oxford is less formal compared to Plain Toe Oxford and Whole Cut Oxford. However, it is suitable for weddings and officewear, also smart casual style.

Made up of Genuine Cow Leather, this brogue Wingtip Oxford gives a classic look on a formal dress shoe.

PLAIN TOE OXFORD

Plain toe Oxfords are the most formal Oxford shoe as it has a very simple design and very sleek to enhance the appearance of the trousers. This type of Oxford is suitable for black tie events.

This genuine leather made shoe with 5 eyelets can be used as everyday wear shoe or for black tie events. The stitches gives out a simple design for a plain toe Oxford shoe.

PLAIN TOE OXFORD

Plain toe Oxfords are the most formal Oxford shoe as it has a very simple design and very sleek to enhance the appearance of the trousers. This type of Oxford is suitable for black tie events.

This genuine leather made shoe with 5 eyelets can be used as everyday wear shoe or for black tie events. The stitches gives out a simple design for a plain toe Oxford shoe.

For those who are interested in looking for an Oxford shoe that is more convenient, Tomaz has introduced a genuine leather (cow skin) lace up dress shoe that is suitable for everyday wear. This design gives out the look of an Oxford shoe on slip ons. It comes in two colours; black and brown.

For those who are interested in looking for an Oxford shoe that is more convenient, Tomaz has introduced a genuine leather (cow skin) lace up dress shoe that is suitable for everyday wear. This design gives out the look of an Oxford shoe on slip ons. It comes in two colours; black and brown.



Derby Shoe

Derby Shoe

'Derby' or also known as 'Blucher' or 'Gibson' was originally meant for sporting and hunting boot in the early years. Derby are known for a more comfortable version of the Oxfords due to its Open Lacing system. This simple detail has kept the derby reminiscent of its sporting roots, in which it is perceived as a less formal version of the Oxford. It also makes the shoe bulkier hence less formal but perfect for wide feet men. Derby shoes can be used in all events; Smart, Smart Casual ane even Casual. However, it is not suitable for black tie events. Derby has a more relaxed construction and if you plan to wear formal shoes over the course of a full day, and regularly, a pair of Derbies would be the ideal choice.

'Derby' or also known as 'Blucher' or 'Gibson' was originally meant for sporting and hunting boot in the early years. Derby are known for a more comfortable version of the Oxfords due to its Open Lacing system. This simple detail has kept the derby reminiscent of its sporting roots, in which it is perceived as a less formal version of the Oxford. It also makes the shoe bulkier hence less formal but perfect for wide feet men. Derby shoes can be used in all events; Smart, Smart Casual ane even Casual. However, it is not suitable for black tie events. Derby has a more relaxed construction and if you plan to wear formal shoes over the course of a full day, and regularly, a pair of Derbies would be the ideal choice.

Cap Toe Derby

As similar as the Cap Toe Oxford, an added piece of leather across the toe cap of a Derby makes it a Cap Toe. This design of Derby gives a simple addition of style on a plain Derby. Suitable for formal and casual events.

CAP TOE DERBY

As similar as the Cap Toe Oxford, an added piece of leather across the toe cap of a Derby makes it a Cap Toe. This design of Derby gives a simple addition of style on a plain Derby. Suitable for formal and casual events. 

This shoe is made of genuine cow leather with embossed lace up design out a sense of style on a formal/casual shoe.

For this design, a brogue design is added on the cap toe for a more classic look. Made of genuine cow leather with faux leather lining and comfortable cushion footbed for your foot to recover its surface when the shoe is taken off; to ensure the comfort of your foot. Its rubber outsole is antislip and durable for all weather.

A unique design of brogue along the captoe to replace the extra leather on the toe of the shoe makes it suitable for everyday wear and special events; be it formal or casual.

This shoe is made of genuine cow leather with embossed lace up design out a sense of style on a formal/casual shoe.

For this design, a brogue design is added on the cap toe for a more classic look. Made of genuine cow leather with faux leather lining and comfortable cushion footbed for your foot to recover its surface when the shoe is taken off; to ensure the comfort of your foot. Its rubber outsole is antislip and durable for all weather.

A unique design of brogue along the captoe to replace the extra leather on the toe of the shoe makes it suitable for everyday wear and special events; be it formal or casual.

Plain Toe Derby

A Plain Toe Derby has a plain, simple and minimal design on a Derby. This design is the most formal Derby design and suitable for all formal and casual events. Men with wide feet are the most suitable to wear this design as its toe cap is wider with the absence of additional design.

PLAIN TOE DERBY

A Plain Toe Derby has a plain, simple and minimal design on a Derby. This design is the most formal Derby design and suitable for all formal and casual events. Men with wide feet are the most suitable to wear this design as its toe cap is wider with the absence of additional design.

A genuine cow leather upper design with a faux leather lining and an additional metal cap on the welt of the shoe. This design is very minimal and the metal cap makes it look sleek.

This design is made of faux leather upper and lining with 4 eyelet feature that enhances the simple and professional look of the shoe.  

The embossed finishing on this shoes makes it a simple yet has some style on the shoe despite being a plain toe Derby.

This model has a very simple finishing to enhance the sleek and prefessional look on a Derby. This shoe is mot suitable for wide foot and the inner cushion gives comfort to the wearer.

A genuine cow leather upper design with a faux leather lining and an additional metal cap on the welt of the shoe. This design is very minimal and the metal cap makes it look sleek.

This design is made of faux leather upper and lining with 4 eyelet feature that enhances the simple and professional look of the shoe.  

The embossed finishing on this shoes makes it a simple yet has some style on the shoe despite being a plain toe Derby.

This model has a very simple finishing to enhance the sleek and prefessional look on a Derby. This shoe is mot suitable for wide foot and the inner cushion gives comfort to the wearer.

Wingtip Derby

Wingtip Derby is Derby shoes with broguing on the toe cap shaped like a ‘W’ or a ‘M’ or ‘U’with extensions that can either extend along both sides of the shoe or stop just short of the heel cap. They feature broguing both on the edges and in the center and have heel caps when the wings don’t extend along both sides of the shoe. This design is considered the most informal. The more the broguing, the less informal the shoe is. This design also comes in various material like leather, suede, etc.

WINGTIP DERBY

Wingtip Derby is Derby shoes with broguing on the toe cap shaped like a ‘W’ or a ‘M’ or ‘U’with extensions that can either extend along both sides of the shoe or stop just short of the heel cap. They feature broguing both on the edges and in the center and have heel caps when the wings don’t extend along both sides of the shoe. This design is considered the most informal. The more the broguing, the less informal the shoe is. This design also comes in various material like leather, suede, etc.

This model has an embossed design to form the wingtip design on this Derby. The wingtip design on this model is simple and minimal for this type of shoe. The genuine cow leather material helps in enhancing the formality of this shoe.

 

 

 

 

 

NAME: TOMAZ F111 LACE UP FORMAL

AVAILABLE COLOUR: BLACK AND COFFEE

SIZE: 39 - 45

PRICE: RM93.00

This model has an embossed design to form the wingtip design on this Derby. The wingtip design on this model is simple and minimal for this type of shoe. The genuine cow leather material helps in enhancing the formality of this shoe.

This model has an embossed design to form the wingtip design on this Derby. The wingtip design on this model is simple and minimal for this type of shoe. The genuine cow leather material helps in enhancing the formality of this shoe.





Size Guide

At Tomaz you can order online with confidence because we offer Free Returns on domestic Malaysia orders.

Because every foot is different and it's measurements are unique, we are not able to offer a recommendation for converting men's or women's footwear sizes.

We can help you to choose the right size. Just call or Whatsapp our customer assistant service at +6017 877 8030 or Contact Us and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Below is the size chart for reference according to shoe category. All measurements are in centimetres.
 

 
How to find your foot length:

1. Stand on a level surface with your heels against a straight edge or wall.

2. Place a ruler flat on the floor beside the inside of your foot from heel or toe.

3. Position an object with a flat edge across the tip of your longest toe.

4. Your foot length measurement is where the flat edge crosses the ruler.

 

 

 

 

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