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.
Paul Smith Men's Chilton Leather Loafers - BlackBuy now with free delivery
Classic, sleek, timeless, suave; all perfect descriptors for foolproof formalwear and these Paul Smith loafers match it to a T. Made of smooth black leather and cut into the classic slim loafer shape, these might be the only formal shoes you could ever need, guaranteed to match any trousers for any occasion.
Emporio Armani Men's Suede Driving Shoes - MidnightBuy now with free delivery
Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes…
Classic shape with a twist, these Emporio Armani driving shoes are perfect if you want your formal shoes to be a little different. In a blue suede, like Elvis sang about, these are the shoes for you if you want to inject a touch of colour or texture into your party look.
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 offer guaranteed 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.
Kurt Geiger London Men's Radleigh Leather Loafers - Black/RedBuy now with free delivery
If you’re looking to add a little shine, this is the pair for you. This patent number from Kurt Geiger in a rich red colour is a guaranteed hit for a Christmas party. Perfect for the festive season and beyond, these red formal shoes will pair beautifully with black or grey trousers. For shoes that look luxurious, this high gloss option is the one for you.
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.
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Written by Lucy Harbron