ESSENTIAL ELEGANCE The designs you need for timeless style. From lace-ups to loafers, from monk shoes to sneakers: key contemporary details define new style codes for the modern gentleman.
Noun Pronunciation: /ˈdoppja fibbja/
A symbol of sophisticated yet unpredictable elegance, monk shoes draw on their historical roots that date back several centuries, when monks would typically wear a type of shoe with two side buckle closures.
The most versatile style of all men's footwear essentials, the monk shoe looks and feels at home in both formal and informal settings.
Choose a colour that reflects your personality.
Despite what its name may suggest, the tassel loafer is not strictly a variation of the penny loafer: it's actually a whole other style of shoe in itself, with its own characteristics and distinctive details.
The tassel loafer is the most modest of all the shoes in the classic men's wardrobe.
Try with ribbed wool socks in the winter and cotton socks in the summer.
STRINGATE Noun Pronunciation: /strinˈgate/Style and substance. Transformed into a single pair of shoes. The most important item in any men's wardrobe: sole, upper and laces; simplicity becomes style. The Oxford shoe, not to be confused with the Derby, is intrinsically associated with British elegance, as its name suggests. The Carter is characterised by a more slender and streamlined silhouette with a more structured appearance, thanks to its Goodyear Welted construction. Perfect with wide-leg trousers.HOW With plain suits in any colour. Wear with lisle socks, ideally monochrome. The Roma is distinguished by its more rounded toe and Blake construction. Perfect with slightly less formal, slim-fit trousers. WHY An iconic status symbol, these shoes guarantee a classic look every time.WHO Michael Douglas, Prince CharlesTIP Wear with a double-breasted suit and dark T-shirt to really enhance their elegance.
A classic shoe steeped in British heritage, characterised by perforated detailing on the upper, known as "broguing".
With suits or smart trousers: opt for corduroy or moleskin for an extra special look. Perfect for relaxed country outfits.
Brogues meet their match with a stylish briefcase.
Noun Pronunciation: /ˈznikers/
Perhaps the most successful shoe of the last few decades, the sneaker has earnt an elite position as a must-have item in every man's wardrobe.
Without socks in the summer, or even in the winter if you're brave enough. Plain ribbed socks make for a faultlessly elegant look.
They may well be sports shoes, however nothing screams style more than sneakers with a pair of freshly ironed classic trousers.
MOCASSINI NounPronunciation: /mokasˈsini/ The original interpretation of ultimate comfort, long before the sneaker. Loafers are extremely convenient and comfortable, thanks to one key characteristic: they lack laces, making them easy to slip on and off in seconds. They are sometimes referred to as penny loafers, as it is thought that people originally kept a penny in the diamond-shaped slit on the upper. Since then, the loafer has become a classic icon of the prep scene. Santoni's Duke model boasts a slender silhouette for a more business-like and elegant allure. Perfect with turn-up trousers. WHEN They may seem like a shoe just for summer, however loafers are a favourite in the colder months too. The Roma is our more laid-back alternative, boasting a decidedly sturdy construction with a round toe, reminiscent of the classic English style. Perfect with thicker trousers made from more substantial fabrics, such as wool, moleskin or velvet.
With a smart suit: double-breasted is best for a harmonious blend of sleek and casual. Although for the classic look you should wear them without socks, college-style fashion codes dictate that they look stylish with socks too.