Suited And Booted

Men's Style

The ultimate head to toe style guide

Bicester Village

Strong suit, bad shoes – there’s nothing worse! Your choice of footwear should be guided by your style and the occasion. Sometimes a classic brogue or Oxford is necessary, other times you can (and should) get away with something more modern. Here’s our guide to getting suited and booted this season.



From thick-soled creepers to smart wingtips and boots, the brogue comes in a variety of styles to suit whatever you’re lacing them up with. Single-buttoned suits feel dressier for cocktail parties or weddings and are best paired with polished or burnished smooth leather pairs. More relaxed, double-breasted jackets and slightly cropped trousers give a more modern look, allowing you to play with sturdier grained-leather boots or chunky soles.



Today, the once-casual shoe has morphed into a perennial must-have. From the classic Penny to tasselled, embellished and backless styles, the loafer will imbue your look with a sense of ease and modernism. Here’s our advice: if your trousers fall above the ankle, the temperature outside is balmy and it’s a daytime event, go without socks. For weddings, black tie events and fancy dinners, nobody wants to see your hairy ankles.



To keep a formal look smart, opt for minimalist lace-ups in box-fresh condition. White will standout next to a black tapered suit, while tonal leather blends in. Runners offer a modern contrast to cropped tailoring, but, again, make sure they’re in pristine condition. There’s never, ever a time or place for trainers you’ve actually ran, hiked or left a carpet in.

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