Key Highlights

  • Delve into the nuanced world of men's smart-casual shoes, exploring the variety of options that blend quality craftsmanship with stylish design.

  • Discover the versatility of Derby shoes, Oxfords, and brogues, traditionally associated with formal attire but seamlessly fitting into the smart-casual wardrobe.

May 09, 2022

The Ultimate Handbook to Men’s Smart Casual Shoes

Exploring the vast array of footwear options that align with the smart-casual dress code can be both exciting and daunting. Smart-casual attire, often a source of confusion for many men due to its open-ended nature, offers a spectrum of interpretations. While we've previously covered the fundamentals in blogs like "Understanding Smart Casual," a deeper dive into the realm of smart-casual shoes is overdue.

Now, let's delve into it. Within the expansive framework of men's smart-casual attire, a variety of shoes are deemed acceptable, characterized by quality craftsmanship and stylish design. Fortunately, regardless of your budget, there are plentiful options available that meet these criteria. Here's what defines the standard for smart-casual footwear.


Smooth and classy Italian calfskin medallion toe oxfords, featuring leather sole. 


Formal wear meets luxury style in these patent leather derby dress shoes. Plain toe design with leather cushioned insole, leather lining and leather sole. Made in Italy.


Produced by Moreschi and drawing from over 75 years of experience and expertise, these classic ankle boots in a soft suede leather have become a new favourite item amongst our s...


LOUIS COPELAND Livorno Suede Loafer Stone


A simple cap-toe double monk such as this one from Magnanni is an absolute must in any wardrobe. A literal do it all dress shoe, this cap-toe double monk can make you look your ...


Style meets functionality, whilst sporty influences meet luxurious attitude. This Santoni men’s sneaker is crafted from luxurious tumbled leather, embellished with a small colou...

Keep it Classic

Derby shoes, Oxfords, and brogues typically evoke images of formal attire. However, their versatility allows them to seamlessly blend into a man's smart-casual wardrobe. Despite their shared formal heritage, each shoe style boasts unique characteristics.

Derby shoes epitomize simplicity, with their straightforward design. Aside from occasional toe variations like apron, cap, and split toes, they represent the epitome of pared-back elegance in smart footwear.


A simple brown cap-toe oxford shoe such as this one from Mezlan is an absolute must in any wardrobe. A literal do it all dress shoe, this black cap-toe oxford can make you look ...


These brogues are a traditional cap-toe derby with a medallion toe. It features a modern and slightly elongated toe box and brogue accents throughout to provide a classic appear...