Don’t get me wrong – the boat shoe is an awesome first choice in upgrading your casual footwear for the summer months. It looks great with shorts, chinos, jeans, basically anything you throw at it. And while it is certainly dressier than what you used to wear with those items, mainly flip flops or sneakers, they are still definitely for casual-wear only. You could never wear them in any environment above casual khakis.
So what’s the next level up? Loafers. You may look at them and think that they’re dress shoes – which they can be – but it’s all in what you pair them with. A rich, low-profile pair of loafers, like these featured Florsheim Berkleys ($100) are a sleek warm weather option for anytime you want to be a little more up-town instead of boardwalk.
Slip on a pair of loafers with a pair of slim-straight jeans just as you would with brown bluchers. The key to the look is a trim leg with a minimal break, otherwise the low profile of the shoe won’t be in proportion.
Just like with a boat shoe, loafers look right at home with chinos or khakis. As with jeans, its important for the pants to have a tailored fit.
Cuff a pair of slim selvage denim for a classic look that would go great with a t-shirt, as well as a oxford or polo.
Mix it up for the office. The right loafers look great with a navy or grey suit.
Upgrade from the chunky rubber soles of cheaper shoes to leather.
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