Male Shoes

Male shoes or Men's shoes as they are often called include a variety of shoe styles and designs. They can be categorized by use of various criteria.

One of the most common criteria for the classification of male shoes is how the shoe closes. This criterion generates the following types of male shoes:

Balmorals: A shoe with a vamp that has a V-shaped slit to which the laces are attached, also known as a closing lace.

Bluchers: A shoe that closes with laces that are tied to two pieces of leather independently attached to the vamp. This way of fastening a shoe is also known as "open lacing".

Monk Straps: A shoe that is fastened by a buckle and a strap, no lacing is present.

Chukkas: An ankle high shoe made of light unlined suede or leather and fastened with laces with two or three sets of eyelets.

Dress Boots: Slim, ankle-length boots with a slight heel that fit the foot and leg quite snugly. The style of the boot is often highly polished and is frequently embellished with perforations (known as a wing-tip pattern).

Male shoes can also be categorized based on how the shoe is decorated:

Plain toes: A shoe with a sleek appearance, quite minimal with no decorations on the vamp.

Cap toes: A shoe with an extra layer of leather "caps" on the toe. This decoration is probably one of the most popular.

Brogues: A shoe with the toe covered with a perforated panel, the wing-tip, which extends down to either side of the shoe. Brogue shoes can be Bluchers or Balmorals.

Side elastic closings: This type of decoration is generally considered rare. As the name implies, the shoe has elastic closings on the sides both for facilitating the easier insertion and removal of the shoe but also for aesthetic, decorative reasons.

Wing-tip: A shoe shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material. This shoe has a decorative toecap having a point extending towards the throat of the shoe.