Party season is here, tearing you away from your trusty daily trainers or beat up boots. Finding formal shoes that don’t feel silly or unnatural can be tricky, but when you get that perfect pair, they’ll boost your confidence tenfold. Formal shoes don’t need to be traditional or plain, find your own style and you’ll want Christmas party season to last all year. Here are our top picks.
Grenson Men's Archie Leather Commando Sole Brogues - BlackBuy now with free delivery
Stylish, savvy and suave; all perfect descriptors for the Grenson Brogues. Crafted from genuine calf leather to form a full English brogue, the ‘Archie’ shoes have a rounded toe, lace-up fastening and classic punch detailing. These brogues give formal occasions a new sense of ease.
Clarks Howard Cap Leather Oxford ShoesBuy now with free delivery
In a traditional style, these Clarks shoes are a classic version of a smart men’s shoe. In rich black leather, the lace-up pair has hidden stretch inserts, a padded collar and breathable socks to keep your feet comfortable whether you’re in the office all day or dancing all night.
PS Paul Smith Men's Lee Leather Cupsole Trainers - WhiteBuy now with free delivery
This may seem like a rogue choice, but trust us you can make your trainers formal. Paired with a slick suit, all-white trainers with no big logos or sports detailing can be easily dressed up, adding a cool dimension to your formal look. A bold move for the fashion-led, but trainers can definitely be formal shoes with the right styling.
Grenson Men's Bert Leather Toe Cap Oxford Shoes - BlackBuy now with free delivery
Beautifully crafted, Grenson shoes always guarantee quality and longevity. These will be the formal shoes you’re still digging out for a wedding or a party 5 years later. The definition of an oxford shoe, these have it all; smooth leather, laces, slightly pointed shape and visible stitching. You can’t get more classic than these.
Vagabond Men's James Leather Derby Shoes - BlackBuy now with free delivery
If you’re looking for a chunkier style, something super versatile, we recommend the Vagabond Derby shoes. With a contemporary twist on a timeless silhouette, these shoes are made from smooth leather uppers, complete with top-stitching and set on a chunky lug sole. Wear yours with everything from downtime denim to sharply-cut trousers.
Dr. Martens 1461 Smooth Leather 3-Eye Shoes - BlackBuy now with free delivery
Formal or casual, Dr Marten make the perfect shoes for the alternative. If loafers or oxfords aren’t for you, a trusty 3-eye Dr Marten shoe is a great choice for a formal shoe with a bit of stomp. Paired with a suit worn with a t-shirt instead of a shirt, and you’ve created the ultimate non-traditional formalwear look, reading to put your stamp on the Christmas party.
Ted Baker Men's Circass Leather Toe Cap Oxford Shoes - BrownBuy now with free delivery
Brown is back, big time! What was once the colour we associated with older, frumpier wardrobes is now our go-to colour scheme. So, if you are looking for the perfect pair of smart brown shoes to these Ted Baker Oxford shoes in circass leather with a stitched toe cap and contrasting grained detail on the heel are a great choice.
Clarks Originals Men's Suede Wallabee Shoes - BlackBuy now with free delivery
Lastly, the classic Clarks Wallabee – the ultimate shoe that should be in every man’s wardrobe. Day or night, this is a shoe that demonstrates your authentic style. Renown all over the world, this suede, lace-up shoe is a laid back luxe look that will work for your calendar.
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Written by Lucy Harbron