Invest in Your Feet: The Importance of Premium Quality Footwear

If the suit maketh the man then the shoes maketh the outfit.


That’s the adage we stand by here at Oscar Hunt when it comes to the most important - yet also, most underestimated - of accessories. Capable of transforming even the most average of ensembles, a good pair of shoes will always hold you in good stead.


And when it comes to men’s suit shoes, the range is ever expanding. From loafers, to boots, to more traditional derbies, there’s an endless array of options that you can choose from. Here, we provide you with our guide so you can invest in a pair of high-quality shoes that combine versatility with style.

Shoes for business suits

When it comes to comfortable shoes for Australians undertaking the daily grind, there are three things we like to take into consideration: material, construction and style. Generally speaking, a natural material - like leather or suede - is going to be more comfortable and more durable than synthetic alternatives, moulding to your foot over time. We also generally recommend opting for a versatile colour like dark brown or black that has the dual purpose of pairing easily with most colours while also being immune to the marks of everyday wear and tear.


From a construction perspective, it’s worth paying attention to the details. Consider elements like the stitching around the sole and whether there are hand-finished elements. While these are likely to invite a higher price, they’re also telling indicators of high-quality shoes.


Finally, in terms of style, for everyday business ensembles, we’re suckers for a classic. Look for brogues, derbies and Oxfords as these are timeless shoes that only get better with wear.

Shoes for casual tailoring

For more casual occasions - think relaxed everyday dressing or even relaxed cocktail affairs - you’ve got a wider field to play in due to the evolution of Australian footwear trends. While a traditional shoe - like those listed above - is always an option, you can also explore loafers and sneakers.


At the moment, the Oscar Hunt team can’t get enough of our Baudoin & Lange Belgian loafers, available in black and caramel colour ways. Relaxed yet elegant, they’re the perfect finishing touch to either a more relaxed cotton suit or a chino and blazer combination.

Shoes for formalwear

If you’re going black-tie, this is one occasion where there is a fairly clear cut option. Cue the dinner shoe. Traditionally done in black patent leather, this style is the perfect compliment to a tuxedo, reflecting the sheen that is often found in a satin lapel or trouser stripe. Beyond the stylistic, they’re also guaranteed to make a statement on the dancefloor.

If you’re in the market for quality shoes in Australia, swing by your local Oscar Hunt showroom today to chat with the team and discover our range.