Men’s Christmas party shoes

Model 4 wearing the Emerald Velvet Jacket from Samuel Windsor

The right shoes are the pièce de résistance of any party ensemble
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Christmas party invitation? You’ll be in the market for an outfit which celebrates the flamboyance of the festive season, while conforming to that all important dress code. What’s more, you’ll need footwear to match. Here’s what shoes to wear to every Christmas party – from the splendour of the ball, to casual drinks with friends. 

What shoes go with black tie?

Prestige dress shoes in black from Samuel Windsor

Black, patent leather dress shoes are perfect for black tie events
Featured product: Prestige dress shoes in black from Samuel Windsor

Always wear dress shoes for black tie events. You’ll doubtless see plenty of highly polished black Oxfords on display at your association ball, and probably quite a few pairs of loafers too. But remember – no matter how much elbow grease you put into shining your work shoes, they’ll never be quite the same as a pair of men’s patent leather dress shoes.

You wouldn’t turn up to a ball in a blazer would you? The moment you reach for your tux, you should be thinking about where you left your dress shoes after the last bash. Remember: in this context, lesser shoes are for lesser men.

What shoes should I wear to my office party?

Prestige Oxford Shoes with non-slip soles from Samuel Windsor

You can’t go wrong with a pair of polished black Oxfords
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Wear your classic black Oxfords to your work’s Christmas bash. You might spend more of your waking hours with your colleagues than anyone else, but you don’t do it for your health. For many of us, the office party is about getting on with it without drawing undue attention to ourselves – well polished work shoes are fine, as is your standard navy suit. Dress things up a little by adding a bright pocket square with matching tie and socks.

Other than that, avoid the temptation to drink too much, proposition your boss, or photocopy your backside. Should you happen to overdo the mulled wine, these black Oxfords feature tough rubber Goodyear welted soles – at least it won’t be a slip that lands you in A&E.

Best men’s shoes for a Christmas night out?

Classic black monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

Monks are stylishly comfortable slip-ons
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Monk shoes are an excellent choice for a Christmas night out. The buckle adds a touch of bling to your ensemble that’s totally in keeping with an evening out partying alongside the general public. They’re comfortable and sturdy too, making them a great option for long hours standing and moving from venue to venue.

Wear monks with dark jeans, a claret coloured sweater and a tweed jacket. Or, for a more academic look, pair monks with moleskins and a contrasting cord jacket. A versatile shoe that’s just that little bit different, make sure your monks get an airing this Christmas.

Which shoes do I wear to the theatre this Christmas?

Kempton loafers in oxblood from Samuel Windsor

Loafers are a great choice for the theatre
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If you’re going to the theatre or opera house this Christmas, wear a pair of smart leather loafers, the most comfortable formal shoe there is. Not all Christmas bashes involve bacchanalia – the festive period is also a time when people love to take in a performance or two. Whether it’s Widow Twanky or The Nutcracker, loafers are the perfect shoes with which to tread plush carpets.

Why not try a pair of loafers in decadent Oxblood – a very attractive deep crimson colour that goes beautifully with the festive palette – chocolate browns, berry shades, and holly greens. Wear your loafers with dark moleskins, a crisp shirt and if you’re feeling particularly daring, a sumptuous velvet jacket.

What shoes should I wear to a Christmas lunch?

Prestige Whitworth brogue from Samuel Windsor

Christmas is a great opportunity to jazz things up a little
Featured product: Prestige Whitworth brogue from Samuel Windsor

Wear brogues to a Christmas lunch event. Smart casual dress is the norm for Christmas lunches which are rarely as formal as evening dos. With that in mind, this is a great opportunity to wear something understated yet snazzy. A tweed jacket looks great with contrasting moleskins and, with a pair of Whitworth brogues to round off your look, you’ll be the smartest guy in the room.

These two-tone suede and brown leather brogues combine Scottish heritage with a touch of flair that harks back to the spectator brogues of the roaring twenties. Featuring Goodyear welted soles and a very attractive contrast heel, these really are shoes with festive verve.

If you have a Christmas party or get-together to attend, here at Samuel Windsor, you’ll find exactly the shoes you’re looking for: quality men’s leather shoes made using time-honoured traditional methods.

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