Dress shoes on a woman and a man
A dress shoe (U.S. English) is a shoe used as a component of formal wear. A dress shoe is typically contrasted to an athletic shoe.Dress shoes are widely used in dance and for evening parties and special occasions.
Men’s Dress Shoes
Men’s dress shoes are most commonly black or cordovan in color. Other colors include: brown, burgundy, oxblood, chestnut or white.
Loafers come in both men’s and women’s styles. It is not unusual for a man’s loafer to have a tassel, although a tassel can be seen in women’s varieties too. In actuality, the men’s and women’s loafers are quite similar, which is why the loafer is typically thought of a more masculine shoe.
Oxfords lace up and tie to keep them on the wearer’s foot. They are typically made of leather, but can also be constructed of suede and other similar materials. Some Oxfords have an additional piece of leather sewn over the toe section.
Brogues, or wingtips (the standard American name), are similar to oxfords, but different in that the additional piece of leather sewn over the toe section is in a W shape, resembling that of a bird’s wingspan, hence the American name for these shoes. While a brogue is a specific shoe, the term “wingtip” can refer to any type of shoe that has the W shape on the toe, including boots.