The one stop guide to 4 different types of formal shoes

All you need to know about the different types of formal shoes you can wear to be at the top of your fashion game. By Satyaki Sarkar

A pair of shoes can either make or break a man’s look, giving him that final touch of class and suavity that he needs to make every set of eyes turn to him, anywhere he goes. But in the world of formal shoes, it’s easy to get confused about the various kind of options that one has, and which ones would be perfect to jazz up and complement their sharp attire. So, to make lives easier for you, we at Bonne Vie bring to you four different kinds of formal shoes that you need to have in your wardrobe at any time!


1. Boat Shoe
Boat shoes, contrary to popular opinion, can work as well as formal attire, as it can with casual wear. Pair these trendy shoes with a perfectly colour coordinated shirt and jacket, or a suit to create a style statement of own. Having originally originated as a maritime wear, as the name suggests, these work best when paired with nautical colours like navy blue and white, and horizontal stripes.


2. Brogue
One of the most famous and timeless formal shoes in men’s wardrobes, you simply cannot go wrong with a pair of brogues. Excellent when paired with a sharply tailored suit, brogues are traditionally made of perforated suede or classic leather the trademark patterns that give them their additional appeal. However, Brogues require regular maintenance so make sure to give them a good polish every once in a while.


3. Wingtips
Having originated back in the 1920s, when the two-toned wingtips were immensely popular, the shoes are making a comeback once again. Owing their name to the uniquely shaped cap toe that looks like a pair of wings stretching across the front of the shoe, wingtips nowadays come in both solid colour options as well as two-toned shades, making them an excellent choice for smart business wear.


4. Cap Toes
The cap toes are as sharp and classy as they come, owing their name to the extra layer of leather that covers the front of the shoes. The sleeker the shoes, the more formal they are, cap toes can be worn with tailored suits as well as tuxedos, making them one of the most versatile and fashionable pieces of attire to add to your wardrobe. 

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