Men’s formal shoes are not a wardrobe luxury, they’re a necessity, particularly if you work at an office with a formal dress code and need to suit up daily. The Oxford is the most basic style of men’s formal shoes and their minimalist design (and the fact that they work with just about everything in your wardrobe) make them a popular choice. There are several colors from which to choose, in both leather and suede. For the office, dark brown, tan, and black leather are your safest choices and you can change them up according to the colour of your suit.
Derby formal shoes are often mistaken for Oxfords, as their shape is similar and the differences between the two are slight. Though most of the differences are not obvious, the Derby has wider fit than an Oxford style, which means that it is often considered a more comfortable shoe. The slight nuances in design that set it apart from the Oxford also mean that many people consider it a less formal style, working with jeans and a smart casual look than suiting.
The Monk Strap design is again similar to the Oxford style, but in place of laces is a leather strap that buckles to the side of the foot or in some cases on both sides of the foot. Available in the basic colour choices of dark brown, black and tan, the Monk Strap shoe is sometimes having brogue details to really set it apart from other formal shoes. In terms of formal shoe options, the Monk Strap is considered the style between the Oxford and the Derby making it increasingly popular and versatile. The advantage is that often the style is the ‘hero’ of the outfit so you can keep your look understated and classic like a white forma shirt and turned up dark wash jeans.