Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part XVI

December 17, 2009

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

You are judged by your shoes…its true

 Although, this is a guide to suits – the accessories like shirt, tie, pocket square and of course shoes are what makes it all work. Shoes are the mother of all accessories and will quite frankly make or break your suit. Wear something that is quality leather and of course polish as requred. There are two types of shoes to own and be aware of in the formal family. (I am not talking about loafers because they are casual).

Oxfords – Plain Cap-Toe

These are the most formal of the shoe family, maybe because they originated from Oxford University. The distinguishing part of this shoe is the plain cap-toe which is supposed to be a separate peice of leather. These shoes are perfect with a good quality suit worn for work or a special occasion.

Oxford – Brogue – wing-tip

These are a little less formal according to all of my menswear sources but I politely disagree. I think these shoes appear alot more formal than a plain cap-toe. It has patterned perforations on the wing tip as pure decoration. Men have told me that they remind them of their grandfather’s shoes. This is unfortunate.

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3 Responses to “Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part XVI”


  1. […] It is worn with a white vest, wing-tip collared white shirt, white bow tie, tuxedo pants, patent (Oxford) shoes, black top hat, white gloves, and sometimes a walking […]


  2. […] It is worn with a white vest, wing-tip collared white shirt, white bow tie, tuxedo pants, patent (Oxford) shoes, black top hat, white gloves, and sometimes a […]


  3. […] It is worn with a white vest, wing-tip collared white shirt, white bow tie, tuxedo pants, patent (Oxford) shoes, black top hat, white gloves, and sometimes a walking […]

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