Formal Footwear for Any Event


The season of going out-out is here, and, from the office Christmas party to New Year’s Eve, selecting the right shoes to wear to the whirlwind of social events can be a minefield. While the ever-blurring smart/casual boundaries mean it’s now perfectly acceptable to bend the dress code rules, we’re great believers that the festive period is the perfect opportunity to embrace good old-fashioned dapper dressing. Hey, if you can’t wear a patent lace-up at Christmas, when can you?


The season of going out-out is here, and, from the office Christmas party to New Year’s Eve, selecting the right shoes to wear to the whirlwind of social events can be a minefield. While the ever-blurring smart/casual boundaries mean it’s now perfectly acceptable to bend the dress code rules, we’re great believers that the festive period is the perfect opportunity to embrace good old-fashioned dapper dressing. Hey, if you can’t wear a patent lace-up at Christmas, when can you?



If your sartorial MO is a little less jazzy, a classic leather lace-up is a great starting point. Minimalist in design, 'Alfie' makes looking smart effortless. Burnished tan is the way to go for a look that errs on the ever-so-slightly less formal side, while the classic black and rich brown offer a more polished option.



Another can’t-go-wrong formal option is 'Austin', akin to Alfie in design but afforded a certain je ne sais quoi courtesy of a contrasting textured leather detail. For an on-point evening look, switch up the usual block colour suit for a heritage check two-piece and tonal roll-neck. If you’re after a shoe that’s equally timeless but a little more statement, make it a monk strap like 'Route'. Play up to the rakish aesthetic with decorative accoutrements like pocket squares, cufflinks and tie-pins. Just not all at once.



If you’ve been itching to unleash your inner Eggsy in a Kingsman-esque velvet tuxedo jacket, you’re going to need a suitably debonair pair of shoes to go with, and nothing compares to patent. When the invite dictates Black Tie, pair our 'Dermot' lace-up or 'Ratner' slip-on with the aforementioned tux and a shirt and bow tie combo. For a less ceremonial look, add a festive touch with a fine crew neck knit flecked with subtle metallic threads. A word of warning; don’t over-wear your patent options, their sparkle lies in that box-fresh shine. So, now you’re armed with a footwear arsenal to see you through any event, let the festivities commence…

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