A Guide to  Men’s Dress Shoes: Mastering the Basics
Do you know those sleek, shiny kicks that somehow manage to make any outfit go from boring to spectacular? It’s been sneaking back into the spotlight – yep, Jonathan Abel’s men’s dress shoes. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan or you’re just getting into the shoe game, there’s something super exciting about rediscovering this brand.

We’re not just talking shoes here, we’re here to guide you in mastering the basics of men’s dress shoes so you can make a statement, revive the classics, and step out in something that feels both timeless and totally now.

1. You need to understand the types of shoes

First things first, let's talk about the different types of dress shoes. You've probably heard terms like Oxfords, Derbys, Loafers, Brogues, and Monk Straps thrown around. Each has its own personality and occasion that it best suits.


  • Oxfords: The quintessential dress shoe with a sleek, clean design. The key feature is the closed lacing system, which gives them a streamlined look. Perfect for formal events, weddings, or that big board meeting.
  • Derbys: similar to Oxfords but with an open lacing system. They're a tad more relaxed but still on the dressy side. Great for business casual or smart casual outfits.
  • Loafers: The slip-on stars of the shoe world. Loafers are versatile, comfortable, and can range from casual to formal. Tassel loafers, penny loafers—pick your play, and you're set for a polished yet effortless look.
  • Brogues: Not a distinct shoe type but a detail. Those decorative perforations add character and a vintage vibe. They can be found on Oxfords, Derbys, and even boots, adding a touch of flair to your ensemble.
  • Monk Straps: Buckle up for some sartorial elegance with these bad boys. Monk straps are unique and a surefire conversation starter. They straddle the line between formal and casual, making them incredibly versatile.

 2. Match your shoes with suits of different styles and colours

Pair different types of dress shoes with suits of various colours and patterns. A navy suit with tan Oxfords can transform your look from standard to stand out. Mix it up with red Derbys and a grey suit for a modern twist or classic black Monk Straps with a black pinstripe suit for a touch of old-school charm. The right combination of shoe and suit enhances your overall appearance and showcases your personal style

3. Know how to choose the right shoes for every occasion and your needs

Selecting the right shoe might seem daunting, but it's all about context. Think about the event, your outfit, and what feels comfortable for you. A black Oxford is a safe bet for formal occasions, while a brown brogue or a stylish loafer can be your go-to for more relaxed settings.

4. Find the shoe that fits you best and is comfortable when you wear it

A great-looking shoe that's uncomfortable is a no-go. When trying on dress shoes, there should be a snug fit—not too tight, not too loose. Your foot shouldn't slide around, and there should be a slight gap between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Remember, a well-fitting shoe not only looks good but also prevents foot fatigue and discomfort.

5. Consider the care and maintenance of your shoes 

If you invest in a good pair of shoes, show them some love. Regular polishing, cleaning, and conditioning can extend your shoes' life and keep them looking sharp. Don't forget about the soles and heels; they might need replacing over time, but that's far better than buying a whole new pair.

Imagine sliding into a pair of Oxfords that feel like they were made just for you, or those laid-back loafers that say, “Yeah, I've got style, but I'm also all about kicking back and taking it easy.” It’s like these shoes are finding their way back to you, ready to add something extra to your outfits, from the super formal get-ups right down to the cool, casual looks.

And here’s the thing – a stylish comeback is all about having a good foundation of the basics to achieve that undeniable style that comes with a great pair of dress shoes. Mastering these essentials is key because it lets you mix things up in a way that’s totally you. It's all about figuring out what works best for your own look, whether that’s rocking those polished Oxfords with your best suit or slipping into some loafers for a more chill vibe. Bringing these shoes back into the mix is about creating a style that’s all yours, effortlessly cool, and spot-on with your personal vibe.

Mastering men's dress shoes is an ongoing journey, one that's as much about personal expression as it is about adhering to style norms. Always experiment, find what works for you, and remember, the right pair of shoes can not only complete an outfit but also elevate it to a whole new level of sophistication. So, take your time, choose wisely, and step out in confidence, knowing you've nailed the basics of men's dress shoes.

So, lace up, slip on, and let’s make this stylish comeback together, embracing the past, enjoying the present, and stepping into the future with the trendiest shoes in town.