"Every man deserves at least one great pair of shoes in his lifetime."
Every man deserves at least one great pair of shoes in his lifetime. Attributes of quality leather, classic design, robust construction and superb comfort can be more than just wishful thinking.
Not only do such shoes dress up an outfit, picking the right pair can also complement a well-tailored suit or more casual sports jacketing ensembles. When constructed using the time-honoured goodyear-welted techniques, these leather shoes – with proper maintenance – will prove durable and serve its purpose for decades.
A brand representing these beliefs is Cordwainer from the town of Almansa, home of Spanish shoemaking. The independent family business has been operating since 2006 – with their skilled team of artisans painstakingly handcrafting each shoe, from stitching to finishing.
Beautifully crafted from calf leather, the Cordwainer range at Oscar Hunt includes classic models in versatile colours, ideal for both formal and casual occasions. Here are four additional shoes worth considering while building a sartorial wardrobe:
One of the more classic shoes within cobbling circles is also one that is on-trend – both single- and double-strapped variations. Versatile shades of black, dark and mid-brown monks can be effortlessly transitioned from pinstripe suitings in the office to beige chino trousers in the weekends.
Plain Toe Cap
Streamlined and elegant, plain toe caps can carry one through board meetings, dinner-suited evening functions as humble alternatives to patent leather shoes, and even down the aisle. The classic oxford with a plain toe cap looks sharp and professional in black, and casual but immaculate in dark brown. Whichever the case, the timelessness of plain toe caps make them a staple of any shoe cabinets.
Wing Tip Brogue
The level of detail along the length and width of the upper makes the modern wing tip brogue a favourite of well-dressed men who particularly enjoys dressing up more casual outfits including lightweight flannel or washed denim paired alongside a well-tailored oxford cotton button-down shirt – especially so, in dark and mid-brown.
Brogue Toe Cap
Brogue toe caps take its plain counterparts a step further, sartorially and figuratively – with its perforated brogueing details adding flair to an otherwise conservative footwear. Available in black and mid-brown depending on the context of which it is worn, the brogue toe cap can be a good addition worth considering while building a sartorial wardrobe.