The Best Smart-Casual Shoes for Versatility
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, casual has become a bit more acceptable, even after returning to life somewhat as it was prior to lockdown. One byproduct of this new way of going about things is that smart-casual shoes have become a catch-all for nearly every situation—and in any season.
Red Moose has a look at which shoes you should be sure to get so that you have something to wear in a pinch, regardless of the occasion.
Can’t Go Wrong With Loafers
Loafers, which are slip-on shoes that do not have any laces, were becoming increasingly more popular and more acceptable in more formal situations for the past several years, but you just about can’t go wrong with this choice now.
If you’re looking for one to wear for more formal occasions, consider a tassel loafer. This is a classic European design that is a nod to classic Italian menswear. These come in leather and suede. Leather has a more classic look, while suede will better allow you to adapt to different dress codes.
Low-Gloss Oxford Shoes
If you like the classic Oxford, you can achieve a less formal look by avoiding shoes that are patent leather. The high-gloss finish of patent leather lends to more formal occasions. If you’re looking for even less formal, go with the Derby shoe, which is a more casual version of the Oxford. But you will still want to try a more relaxed leather or suede design.
Perfect for cold or messy weather, Chelsea boots are comfortable and more stylish than other boots. They have a round toe and no laces or buckles, giving them a cleaner look than you might expect from a boot.
What About the Color?
Black, beige, and gray are all neutral colors, but the most versatile color is brown. It can be worn in more situations and doesn’t come across as formal as black does. Brown shoes go best with earth tones along with navy, gray, and blue.
Once you settle on shoes that will be the workhorse of your wardrobe, trust Red Moose with all of your shoe-care needs. We have kits that will handle your leather shoes from toe to heel along with a special Suede and Nubuck Care Kit if you decide to try those fabrics on your shoe.