Men’s Guide to Formal Shoes

Men’s Guide to Formal Shoes

Formal shoes are an absolute essential in any man’s closet because they can easily elevate an outfit and make it chic and unique. Many venues also have a formal dress code for men’s footwear, so having a good pair of men’s formal shoes in your closet can come in handy. There are many different styles of dress shoes for men out there, each one with its own unique traits and personalities. Saint G offers an expansive range of formal shoes for men. So, if you want to learn more about this versatile piece of footwear, check out Saint G’s exclusive guide to men’s formal shoes below.

Best men’s formal shoes

If you don’t know where to begin your formal footwear journey, then our formal shoes guide will equip you with all the information you need. Here are the most popular and best styles of men’s formal shoes, so you know what to look for:

Oxford shoes

If you are new to buying formal shoes, then Oxford shoes are a great place to start. The sleek and simple design of these shoes makes them a very versatile piece to have in your closet. If you need a versatile pair of shoes for work and fancier events, Saint G’s Bordo leather Oxford shoes are the way to go.


This style of shoes is for people who have a more modern and eclectic style. Named after the signature decorative perforations on the shoes’ upper, brogues add a dash of flair to any outfit from a suit to a casual t-shirt and jeans.

Monk Shoes

These are for the people who like to make a statement with their formal footwear. Monk shoes are characterised by the overlapping straps and buckle detailing instead of laces. This is what makes monk shoes perfect for formal occasions as well as smart-casual events such as birthday parties or family events. Saint G offers both, single and double monk strap shoes in different colours.


Once considered to be casual footwear, loafers can now be worn to give a casual edge to even a two-button suit or tuxedo. This slip-on style of shoes is extremely comfortable to wear and give you a stylish but easy-going look.

Dress boots

A more elevated take on dress shoes, the minimal and sleek design of these boots makes them an ideal choice for the most formal of occasions. Not only will you look chic in a pair of Saint G’s premium leather dress boots, but you will also be extremely comfortable throughout the night.

Men’s formal shoes buying guide

When searching for the perfect dress shoes, it is essential to make an informed decision. Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying formal shoes for men

It’s all about the socks

When you are trying on your brand new Saint G dress shoes, make sure to wear the style of socks that you would typically wear with them. This will ensure that you get the right fit. For instance, thick sports socks might throw off the fitting of your formal shoes, and you might end up purchasing a size that is too big. Similarly, wearing thin ankle socks while trying on dress shoes will lead you to buy a smaller size. You want a shoe that is comfortable but still well fitted.

Check the length

If you feel your toes bunching or curling up inside your shoe, chances are you have bought shoes that are too short. The foot naturally shifts forward as we walk in shoes, so it is best to leave some wiggle room in the front of your dress shoes. If your toes are hitting the front of the shoe even when you are not walking, you might experience foot pain while walking as well.

Width matters

If you feel like your feet are being squished into the shoe, meaning that there is pressure on any side of your foot, the shoe might be too small. However, there should also not be any gaps between the sides of your feet and the shoes, as that will throw off your balance when you walk. It is best to ensure a snug fit in order to have the best wearing experience with your formal shoes.