Gentlemen, as the festive season (which also means parties and black-tie events galore) approaches, it’s time to put your best foot forward. Literally. “Choosing the right formal shoes is essential for guys attending special occasions,” says Nita Chauhan, who founded Italian-made footwear label Vincitore in Singapore to offer quality men’s shoes crafted by artisans in Italy and Spain. “It’s a key element in presenting oneself with elegance and sophistication.”
In contrast to casual kicks, these shiny laced formal dress shoes demand meticulous polishing and care, and come with more faux pas to avoid: from socks that don’t cover your ankles to mismatched colours. (Nita’s tip: your belt should always match the colour of your shoes.) Then there’s the dilemma of picking the right style to suit different levels of formality. Here, Nita recommends three top designs from Vincitore to see you through all your holiday events in style!
#1 Formal shoes for a black-tie New Year’s Eve gala
Recommended Shoe Style: Patent Leather Oxford Shoes
“Patent leather oxford shoes are the epitome of formal footwear for black-tie events. They have a high-gloss finish, closed lacing and a sleek, minimalist design. These shoes exude sophistication and are the perfect complement to a tuxedo or formal suit for a black-tie gala!”
#2 Shoes for a semi-formal wedding
Recommended Shoe Style: Classic Brown Derby Shoes
The end of the year is also a popular time for weddings, and brown derby shoes strike that balance between formal and semi-formal. “They have an open lacing system, which lends them a slightly more relaxed appearance compared to oxfords. The brown colour adds a touch of warmth and pairs well with navy or charcoal suits.”
#3 Formal shoes for a holiday dinner party
Recommended Shoe Style: Burgundy Loafers
“Burgundy loafers offer a level of sophistication while also being comfortable for extended wear. The rich burgundy hue adds a festive touch to any outfit. Loafers are easy to slip on and off too, making them a convenient choice for gatherings.”
Guys wanting to look extra dapper for a special event should contact Nita for a personal consultation. Here’s what to expect:
Wardrobe Assessment and Recommendations
Nita will start by understanding your existing wardrobe. Based on the type of event and its level of formality, she’ll provide recommendations for outfits, including attire, accessories and, of course, the perfect pair of formal shoes.
Shoe Selection Guidance
Nita will offer personalised suggestions for formal dress shoes that best complement the chosen outfit, considering factors like colour, style, material and even your physique. By ensuring comfort and proper fit, your shoes will have you looking and feeling good too.
Attention to Detail
To round out your look, Nita will suggest small details such as pocket squares, tie knots and cufflinks. She’ll also be available to address any questions after the session, ensuring gents feel confident and well-prepared for the event.
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