The timeless loafer
, a symbol of Italy’s more laid-back tailoring landscape, has enjoyed a welcomed resurgence in recent years. The most common incarnations are the traditional penny loafer and the tassel loafer, though more casual styles (for summer wearing with shorts) are also available.
In terms of the material, tradition suggests leather for summer and suede for winter, but we don’t think you should get too hung up on it.
The easiest way to wear a loafer will be with a pair of chinos or tailored cotton pants, paired with a statement blazer, but it doesn’t need to stop there. A quick browse of social media and you’ll find that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear your loafers with a suit.
If you’re going down this route, ensure the hem of your trouser is tapered and cropped high above the ankle with “no break” (a tailoring term which means there is no crease in the trouser): nothing ruins the style more than a pair of flappy pants ending loose and covering some of the shoe. This is particularly important if you’re wearing your loafers without socks and pretending you’re on the Amalfi Coast.
The classic leather lace up
is the single most important dress shoe
a man can own. Equally adept for business
and play, it is the sort of shoe you can spend a little more on without guilt, because it won't date. Whether it's a derby or an oxford it's a must have! As a guiding principle, opt for black shoes for black suits (especially black tie) and brown shoes with a rich patina for anything in-between.
are the most classic example of a dress shoe, there an array of more playful and fashion-forward styles. We suggest investing in a pair of Brogues
, which utilise the craft of perforating leather and channels a more relaxed, European vibe; suitable for smart-casual events and relaxed weddings.
The appeal of brogues lies with its detailing subtle at times like Conflict For Interest Bergamo
. The decorative perforations, the serration along the edges, the sturdy leather uppers; they were born in Ireland, designed with perforations along the body to allow water to drain when crossing the Highland marshes, but were later picked up by style icons such as James Dean.
These days, the perennially stylish essential is best the perfect finishing touch to any formal ensemble.
A classic pair of low-top leather sneakers should reside in every man's wardrobe. Sneakers have gained cult status in recent years, especially the trusty white sneaker thanks to its minimalist design and extreme versatility.
Go for a sleek white or off-white sneaker which is the trending option and pair with rolled-up chinos (with invisible socks) and a neat crewneck sweater for an effortlessly understated, crisp city look with casual sportswear vibes. Alternate sneaker options are available from Conflict For Interest to keep the modern man on trend.
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Now that you've go the styling right, nailing the fit and investing in a quality pair should be a given. With new styles arriving weekly with various colours and styles, our friendly staff will point you in the right direction. We look forward to seeing you in one of our boutiques soon.
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