The Occasionwear Edit for Men and Women

It seems that summer brings about a lot of occasions, whether it is a wedding, a party, a family event or formal soiree, there always seems to be an influx of calendar events over this seasonal period. To help you prepare, AllSole have prepared an Occasionwear Edit, highlighting the very best of occasion footwear this season for both men and women…


For Men


Feeling the heat? The loafer is a great addition to a smart summer outfit. Perfect for daytime events when paired with tailored shorts or chinos, they can also be easily adapted for a smarter feel with tailored trousers and a few cuff rolls. The classic penny loafer in brown suede is a classic summer go-to, whilst opting for a logo embellished black loafer is the ideal formal slip on.

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Brogues are a great way to spruce up a daytime occasion outfit. A light brown pair are ideal for a sunny day, whereas black is an all-round go-to option for any afternoon-turned-evening event. Dark brown and black styles work well for sharpening a more smart casual look as well as to compliment a smart bottom half. Chinos and denim can easily become occasion appropriate when paired with a simple light brown brogue and can tie any outfit together by adding a matching coloured belt or blazer. Plus, a quick occasion footwear tip; pair smart footwear with short or invisible socks to suit the often low ankle grooves and prevent any awkward mismatching sock mishaps.

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Even with the warmer weather, boots are an occasion-shoe hero all year round whether paired with a simple blue jean or cropped tailored trouser. For a more casual event a looser, dark denim jean may be the perfect fit, but when dressing for a formal occasion, a well-fitted pair of chinos or trousers in darker shades could work well with boots as a stylish option. Compliment with a button down shirt and smart fitted jacket for that sophisticated feel. Heading into the transitional season, match some chelsea boots with a long length top coat, smart t-shirt and jeans for that effortlessly cool, minimalist look.

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For Women


Shoes don’t have to be sky-high to be flattering – the perfect pump or sandal is equally as eye catching. Flats have way of complimenting any skater dress or skirt and can be perfect for occasions when you’re going to be on your feet a lot. Choose an embellished shoe for a simple outfit to easily add some character to a more minimal look.

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Heels are the perfect leg lengthener and outfit compliment any girl could ask for, and when it comes to occasion dressing heeled sandals and court shoes are classic must-haves. Typically, for occasions it’s easy to think of pairing heels with dresses, but heels can be a great way to dress up any trouser suit, smart skirt and shirt combo, jumpsuit or playsuit too. Matching up the tone of your shoes with your bag and/or belt can be a great way to tie together an outfit in a simple, yet relatively effortless style move.

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Block Heels

The chunkier, the comfier – some might say. The block heel is a popular pick for anything from trouser suits to shorter occasion dresses and skirts. They’re also a practical pick for a day long event where you may be dancing or up on your feet, or for perhaps a wedding or ceremony. Much like stilettos, they can be well matched with a bag, belt or hair piece to really bring a outfit to life.

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By Olivia Seed

Olivia Seed

Olivia Seed


A minimalist fashion fan with high interests in the odd print or check. Constantly trying to make my home look like a catalogue; you can find me shopping for cute bedding, candles and other Instagrammable interior accessories.