Remember there's nothing smarter than a man in a well-fitting suit teamed with a freshly pressed shirt, tie, tiepin, cufflinks and shoes. So when it comes to making the right impression, think from the ground up. We've pulled together a selection of formal footwear every man should own.
Leather lace-up formal shoes
Slim in the body and minimal design, as the name suggests, you can only really wear formal shoes at smart occasions. We're talking weddings, the races, proms and summer balls. They are a classic sleek choice that add formality to your outfit. Just make sure you polish them so they shine.
Distinctive in style, thanks to the perforated design on the upper, brogues are the most versatile of the bunch. They work equally well with a 3-piece suit or jeans and an Oxford shirt. Choose a neutral colour such as chestnut, chocolate or black. Go for tan if you want a pair of brogues that work seamlessly with your casual wardrobe.
If you're looking for a smart-casual alternative to the brogue, go for the double-strapped monk shoes. Originally designed to protect the feet of monks, wear the sleekly designed footwear with your suit of choice.
Take your cue from the sixties and wear a Chelsea boot with a suit. Just make sure the suit in question is a slim or skinny fit to keep a sleek and sharp silhouette. You can also wear your Chelsea boots casually with a pair of slim black jeans and a white t-shirt which can be interpreted as a bit rock'n'roll.
Arguably the most casual choice on the formal shoe spectrum, the laceless style of loafers makes them an elegant choice. Originally designed for King George VI, you can get away with wearing a pair of loafers sockless, making them perfect for a summer occasion in the warmer weather. Team a tasseled pair with a slim fit suit for a relaxed and elegant look. Or go for chinos and shirt when the temperatures rise.