When you are trying to pull off a specific dress code, you should definitely include your shoes in the given style, too. That way, you will be dressed on point and show off your perfect outfit game.
If you have a typical office job, it is likely that the dress code you should follow is business casual. It means that you are not wearing a suit but also not coming in jeans and your favorite sneakers. Let’s talk about 5 comfortable business casual shoes you should own today.
1. Classic Black Oxford Shoes
You may have thought until now that Oxfords are to be worn for formal occasions only, which, fortunately, is not true. Feel free to wear your comfortable black leather Oxfords to the office as well, especially if you complete the look with a business casual clothing, such as chinos or dress pants and a fitting white shirt. If you want to downgrade that level of formality, pick suede leather shoes, which will add a more laid-back appearance to your outfit.
2. Brown Full-Brogue shoes
As we explained in the blog post about the types of dress shoes, Brogues can be worn both as formal or informal shoes. Their formality depends on the amount of perforations made in the front and side of the shoe, while the more broguing (or perforations), the less formal the Brogue shoes are. Create your own brown full-brogue shoe and wear it with chinos to master the business casual look.
3. Oxblood Derby shoes
Derby shoes rank one level lower than Oxfords regarding the formality. Their open lacing system features sewn eyelets on the vamp that may add a touch of informality when inspected closely. Try designing your Derby shoes in a fresh new color, such as blue or oxblood to have the perfect pair of shoes to stand out in in the business casual office environment.
If you want to learn more about differences between Oxford and Derby shoes, read our blog on the topic.
4. Double Monk Strap shoes
Monk Strap shoe has been increasing in popularity since at least a decade and we know why. Wearing Monks will make you highlight your gentlemen style while showing that you have that amazing fashion sense many men would love to have. Mostly available with one or two straps, monks are universal and considered less formal than the two previous shoe types.
5. Wingtip Spectator shoes
Wingtip shoes can also belong to more than one dress code. If you want to wear them as business casual shoes, pick the ones that feature significant broguing. Try going for two tone shoes or even spectator shoes, which are made of two contrasting leather colors.
Ideally, you now have a clear idea of what belongs to men’s business casual shoes and you found some inspiration on specific types you could create at Hockerty. Here is some more inspiration for business casual shoes for men in case you have not chosen your new shoes yet: