What I am wearing today (11 June 2012)

Today I am wearing a glen plaid, 2-button, notch-lapel suit; a pink shirt with french cuffs; a tartan tie in red/green/blue/pink; a Macclesfield printed silk pocket square; a pair of light brown derby shoes; and a 1960 vintage gold plated Favre Leuba, Duomatic, day, date watch in a brown leather strap.

Today is the first time I am wearing this grey glen plaid suit with brown shoes. It doesn’t look that bad, does it? I rather like the look. Normally I would have advised wearing black shoes with this suit. But now I am not so sure. Brown shoes look equally good and from now on I would use both brown and black shoes with this suit. I think the color of the shirt is also important. A white shirt with this suit would probably look better with black shoes.


What I am wearing today (23 May 2012)

Today’s attire consists of a three-button, notch-lapel, glen plaid suit with a ticket pocket; a white hand loom made cotton shirt with french-cuffs; a blue silk tie with small patterns on it; a blue patterned printed pocket square; a pair of dark brown derby shoes; and finally, a very old (1940’s), manual winding, Cyma Navy Star wristwatch.

When I had received the watch its condition was so bad that I had to get the watch’s body re0enameled and the dial redone. As a result, now it looks almost new!

8. Dress Shoes

Check out Wikipedia article on shoe here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe

Dress shoe types

  1. Oxford (Balmorals)
  2. Derby (Bluchers)
  3. Brogue (Wingtip)
  4. Monk/Double Monk
  5. Pumps/Loafers
  1. Oxford shoes

Oxford shoes are also known as Balmorals in America. This is the most formal of all shoes for men.

Figure 1: Oxford (Captoe)

The oxford is a laced shoe. The simplest shoes are the most formal. Any decoration such as brogueing makes the shoes less formal. The most formal color is black.

  1. Derby shoes

Derby shoes are known as Bluchers in America. These shoes are very similar to oxfords; the only difference is that while oxfords are closed-laced, the derby shoes are open laced. Oxford shoes do not have leather flaps which are closed by a lace; instead the laces close a gap in the middle of the shoe.

Figure 2: Derby Shoe

  1. Monk Shoes

Monk shoes do not have laces. Instead the shoes are closed by belts and buckles. Monk shoes may have one, two, or three belts known respectively as monk (1 belt), double monk (2 belts) and triple monk (3 belts).

  1. Brogue (Wingtip)

Brogues shoes are shoes with decorative perforations. Brogue shoes are normally oxfords or derbies. Technically, however, any type of shoe can be brogued.

Figure 3: Brogue (Oxford) Figure 4: Brogue (Derby)
  1. Slip-on shoes/Pumps/Loafers

These are typically lace-less shoes for mostly informal wear.

Figure 5: Pump Shoe Figure 6: Loafers
Figure 7:Tussel Loafers Figure 8: Boat Shoe