From minimalist trainers to lace-up boots, there’s a whole world of footwear that fits into the smart-casual dress code. Smart-casual, as many men will attest, is the dress code that causes the most confusion since it’s open to so much interpretation. But while previous blogs have covered the basics, we’ve yet to go into depth on smart-casual shoes. Well, that’s about to change. As of now. Given the broad parameters of the men’s smart-casual casual dress code, there are a range of acceptable shoes, each of which has two things in common: quality and style. But, thankfully, whatever your budget, there are numerous options that will tick both boxes. And here’s what makes the smart-casual shoe grade
1. Keep It Simple 2. Strap Up 3. Open Lacing Dress Boots 4. Give it the boot 5. Desert Island 6. Use Your Loaf 7. Don’t Moc It 8. Training Day 9. Hit the Deck
KEEP IT CLASSIC Derbys, Oxfords and brogues are more commonly associated with formalwear but, such is their versatility, these classic shoe styles can all be readily incorporated into a man’s smart-casual wardrobe. While all three shoe styles are united by their formal heritage, each has its own distinct characteristics. Derbies are about as simple as shoes get. Apart from occasional toe variations, such as apron, cap, and split toes, they are about as pared-back and simple as a smart shoe can be. Oxfords, meanwhile, are distinguished by their low heel, exposed ankle and closed lacing system. Then, of course, there’s the instantly recognisable brogue, which come in a host of varieties, depending on the amount of brogue detailing on their upper. As already mentioned, this classic trio is resolutely formal, but each works well in a smart-casual environment. If the emphasis of a smart-casual event is predominantly on ‘smart’, rather than ‘casual’, look to a Derby, an Oxford or a trusty brogue and you’ll be bang on the money.