Oxford vs Derby Shoes

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The Oxford and Derby are both design classics
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What’s the difference between Oxford and Derby shoes? If you’re drawing a blank then you’re probably not alone. Similar but not the same, as Modern Gentleman points out, it’s important to know your Oxfords from your Derbys because, “these classic leather men’s shoes will form the foundation of your men’s style wardrobe”.

Here’s how to tell them apart.
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007 ways to afford the Bond look

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The epitome of cool

Men around the world aspire to James Bond’s sophisticated style and unmistakable elan, but are put off by the costs involved. Like crafty Q, we have found a smart way to solve this problem.

While the costs of Tom Ford suits, Aston Martins and high-end Omega watches remains outrageously high, here are 007 ways to afford the Bond style for less.

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Formal shoes for Christmas do’s

Slippers and bad novelty jumpers are perfectly acceptable attire in December. But it’s not a great look outside the realms of your own home.

For many, the festive season is jam-packed with parties and formal dinners. And whilst slippers might be comfy, suave they are not!


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So let’s find out what formal shoes are best to pair with your party finery this festive season.


brown oxford shoes

Brown shoes can be formal

Easily identified by the plain toe cap and the lace eyelets hidden under the leather, the Oxford is without doubt the classic shoe. It’s simple, undecorative design makes it a great all purpose option and a great addition to any wardrobe.

If versatility is your priority, opt for a black pair, as they will go with a whole host of formal outfits. Alternatively brown shoes work too, just make sure you don’t go too light. Tan, for example, is best avoided for very formal events.

Still need convincing? James Bond is often seen in Oxford shoes, and with the amount of black tie events he attends, they must be a good option!


Quarter brogue

For a simple look, go for a quarter brogue

The decorative brogue comes in many shapes and sizes. Whilst it might be tempting to go for a jazzy two-tone, it’s best to stick to simpler, single shade pairs for really formal occasions.

Semi brogues or quarter brogues have less of the decorative perforations that make a brogue a brogue, so if you’re worried about looking too laid back, go for these.

If you do want to wear a full brogue then consider wearing trousers that stop around the ankle. If you are going to wear decorative shoes, you may as well show them off.


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Looking to add a dash of panache to your formal festival outfit? Go for a pair of monk shoes. The flamboyant buckle and strap add character, whilst the slim silhouette – befitting of a Derby or Gibson – means they work well with a suit

If you want to wear a bolder colour, such as burgundy, then a dark navy suit will go well. You could even go for a different suit fabric, such as velvet.

But as usual, when wearing a wool suit for a formal event, black is often the best option.

Black loafer

Black loafer

Loafers don’t have to be lazy

A black loafer may not be everyone’s idea of a classic formal shoe; traditionally, slip on footwear is on the casual end of the style spectrum. But if worn correctly, a classic loafer can fit formal occasions.

A buckled loafer is the best option for formal wear, as they are showy and less casual. Unlike when wearing a loafer casually, socks should be worn. As long as they are stylish, without being silly, it doesn’t matter what socks they are.

So if you do have a Christmas party to go to, and you’re worried about what shoes to wear, know that there are plenty of options available. Just avoid jumpers with Santa on at all costs and wear black Oxford shoes if you’re still unsure!