One of the little things that sets my teeth on edge is seeing an otherwise decently dressed man in a pair of sub-par shoes. The topic is on my mind as I couldn’t find my black tassel loafers this morning and had to make do with another style. The shoes were not of the bicycle toe variety. (The AE model above is one of two that I find least offensive. The other is a J&S, I think. But, I just don’t get them.) Nor were they of the boating shoe ilk; I was dressed in a sport coat and odd trousers, after all.
I have any number of classically styled shoes that are more than 25 years old, and they have, in that time, glided effortlessly over the waves of fashion. Here are, in no particular order, the shoes that will stand the test of time unless you choose to buy them in exaggerated styles (think very pointy, square-toed, etc.) All of the following pair very nicely with sports coats/odd trousers and suits:
The plain toe Blucher or Oxford;
The cap-toe Blucher or Oxford;
The semi-brogue cap toe;
The full brogue (wingtip, both the long and the short winged versions);
The moc toe slip on;
The Venetian slip on;
The Chelsea boot or paddock boot;
The tassel loafer.
What would you add?