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Oliver Sweeney | Five Footwear Styles Every Man Should Own
With the help of Oliver Sweeney, a British footwear brand who have been making shoes great for over 25 years, we have broken down the key footwear styles that every man should own. Fusing together British design with Italian craftsmanship and flair, we have hand-picked the top five men's footwear styles from Oliver Sweeney's collection that should be a part of every man's collection.
An unswerving cornerstone of men's footwear, the brogue shoes are a dependable choice suitable for a number of occasions thanks to their versatile design that lends itself to smart-casual and formal events. Brogue shoes are characterised by the decorative punch-hole perforations to the uppers that range from the distinctive full Wingtip to the more subtle quarter brogue design. Opting for a classic tan or black leather brogue shoe will ensure the longevity of the style; which will be suitable for work, evening occasions and any event that you'd wish to dress smartly for.
Oliver Sweeney is a connoisseur of brogue shoes with an abundance of varying styles in multiple fabric and colour combinations to suit your individual look. Our favourites include the Aldeburgh Oxford Brogues and Saunders Derby Brogues, which are classic styles crafted from burnished tan leather with intricate Wingtip brogue detailing. What makes these brogues extra-special is the craftsmanship; traditionally handmade in the brand's Italian factory using their trademark anatomical lasts, the Aldeburgh and Saunders brogues offer bespoke-quality, reliable designs that will lend a touch of luxury to your wardrobe.
Once worn, you won't want to wear anything else, which is why these brogues both have robust, water-resistant Goodyear welted soles. The Goodyear welted sole is highly regarded for its' durable qualities, it also means these brogues can be easily repaired by Oliver Sweeney's master craftsmen; prolonging the life of your beloved brogues and making them the ultimate investment pieces.
Every man needs a pair of classic black formal shoes for those black tie events and important days in the office. A sleek and simplistic silhouette, these formal shoes complement both tuxes and classic work suits; making them suitable for the dapper gentleman who likes his wardrobe to have a discerning touch.
Offering a contemporary twist on this footwear stalwart, the Belair Oxford Shoes are crafted with a glossy two-tone leather that seamlessly blends from traditional black to rich burgundy and are finished with burgundy laces. The Belair shoes are also finished with a square toe and traditional Oxford closed lace design; which provides a sleeker, minimal finish when compared to the Derby open lace option.
A favoured style of rock stars and fashion influencers, the Chelsea boot has seen a revival in recent years and is characterised by the elasticated side panels and slip-on design. The Chelsea boot is renowned for their resilience to the elements as well as their versatile design, making them suitable to dress up or down depending on the occasion.
A Chelsea boot in either rich brown or classic black will provide the foundations to most smart-casual outfits and occasions, with the Silsden Chelsea Boots being a particular favourite from the Sweeney London collection. With luxurious dark brown leather uppers, these sleek Chelsea boots are finished with contrasting navy elasticated panels and perforated brogue detailing to the toe for a contemporary update. Whether paired with an off-duty or smart-casual look, these Chelsea boots will fit the style bill.
Originally designed as a casual house slipper for King George VI, the loafer is a moccasin style slip-on shoe suitable for both both casual and smart-casual events. A variation on the classic design, the Penny loafer originated in the 1930's and obtained its' name from the loafer's split strap design; this was added as a decorative touch and is said to have been used to keep emergency pennies in a time when pay-phones were omnipresent.
Intended as a casual shoe, the loafer soon gained popularity in the 1960's amongst businessmen who began wearing loafers with suits. The ideal preppy style for the warmer weather, loafers can be seamlessly interchanged with smart and off-duty styles for quirky, continental flair.
A popular choice is the Chatburn Suede Penny Loafers, a classic design crafted from rich snuff suede with the quintessential penny loafer strap and apron stitch detailing. Sophisticated yet versatile, this breathable style is ideal for the summer; whether worn at the office or jet-setting on holiday.
Since the emergence of the sports-luxe trend a few seasons ago, sneakers have dominated footwear collections in both classic sporty and sophisticated modern formats. No longer restricted to the gym bag, trainers are now making a streetwear comeback, with many premium brands now tapping into the market with trainers crafted with luxurious materials and timeless appeal.
Blending casual style with premium craftsmanship, the Lopes trainers boast rich oiled leather uppers sourced from speciality tannery C.F. Stead's of Leeds and are complimented by a contrasting lightweight sole for that athletic edge. A sophisticated take on the classic low tops, Lopes' oiled leather uppers will age beautifully, making them a must-have staple you will love for years to come.
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