The complete guide to men’s boat shoes

Boat shoes from Samuel Windsor

Boat shoes come in a range of colors and finishes
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Do you love being on the water? If so, you’ll already know the value of a pair of quality deck or boat shoes. But these smart-casual shoes will take you to plenty of places besides the sea, river or lake.

Offering a classic, contemporary look that dates back to the mid-1930s, boat shoes are a comfortable and stylish addition to any man’s closet. To help you get the most out of yours, here’s our complete guide to men’s boat shoes.
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The ultimate guide to men’s brogues

Leather brogues from Samuel Windsor

From leather to suede and oxblood to black, brogues are a stylish choice
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Brogue shoes date back to 16th-century Ireland, drawing their name from the Gaelic word “bróg.” A favorite working shoe of Scottish gamekeepers, farmers and other outdoorsmen, the characteristic perforations were designed to be practical rather than ornamental: the holes let water drain out while walking through wet bogs.
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Men’s guide to straight-lacing Oxford shoes

Prestige Oxford shoe with rubber sole from Samuel Windsor

Elegant shoes require an elegant lacing pattern
Image: Prestige Oxford shoe with rubber sole from Samuel Windsor

Oxford shoes should be worn with high quality waxed shoelaces and laced in a way that showcases their effortless simplicity. The straight-lace, or ladder pattern, allows the clean lines of the shoe to do the talking, and correctly threaded, will prevent the shoestrings from working loose over the course of the day. Watch our video guide for a quick tutorial.

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Two-tone spectator brogues – the jazz in your closet

Linen suit and two-tone spectator brogues from Samuel

A linen suit and two-tone brogues strike a fun and celebratory note
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Think Great Gatsby, Al Capone and the Chicago mob – black and white two-tone spectator brogues were the go-to shoe for the partying classes of the Roaring Twenties. But while prohibition is ancient history, two-tone brogues have moved with the times. A jazzy shoe for every well-dressed man’s wardrobe, here’s the lowdown on spectator brogues and how to make them work for you.
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How to wear loafers in the winter

Don’t put your Samuel Windsor loafers away when the temperature drops

Don’t put your loafers away when the temperature drops
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With an average winter temperature of at least 60°F, lucky Floridians benefit from a climate that’s better suited to a pair of loafers than tough winter boots. But could you wear loafers in wintertime Minnesota or Maine where the mercury dips below 20°F, and ice and snow abound?

We say yes. Which doesn’t mean your rugged winter boots won’t see plenty of use but, if you play it right, there’s no need to dress like a Yeti – at least not all the time. With these simple tips you’ll soon be swapping boring winter boots for dapper loafers.
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How to wear brogue boots

Brogue boots from Samuel Windsor are a smart and versatile option

Brogue boots are a smart and versatile option
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Brogue boots are one of the most versatile footwear choices around. Choose black and they’re easily smart enough to wear with a suit. Go for brown and you’ll look great in tweed. For a funky weekend vibe, twin your brogue boots with jeans or moleskin pants and a bomber jacket. Confused? Here’s your guide to looking smart in brogue boots.

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How to wear monk strap shoes

Monk shoes from Samuel Windsor are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality

Monk shoes are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality
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Your monk shoes look sharpest when you wear them with smart pants, a crisp shirt and cashmere sweater. It’s a classic look that’s perfect for almost every social occasion. To dress things up a little, or for an evening out, add a tweed jacket.

Monk shoes are a versatile addition to your menswear wardrobe, working just as well with a sharp suit as for weekend brunches at your favorite cafe. Wear single or double monk straps to create a look that’s sleek, stylish, and just that little bit different.

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How to wear men’s brogues

Flat lay of shirt, brogues and other smart accessories

Dress to impress with a sleek pair of brogues
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Stylish shoes are a necessity for any fashionable gent, and men’s brogues, also known as wingtips, are a good match for all but the most formal of dress codes. They’re the cool shoes worn by gangsters in The Untouchables, and celebrities like Jude Law. 

For formal occasions, black brogues are the best choice – opt for a conservative semi or quarter-brogue and make sure they’re well polished. For more casual occasions, brown or tan are perfect. For those who like to push the envelope, there’s suede. And most flamboyant of all, there are two-tone ‘spectator’ brogues. Here’s how to wear your favorite brogues with confidence.

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How to wear Oxford shoes

Variety of coloured Oxford shoes from Samuel Windsor

The formality of the Oxford shoe can be swayed by color
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Oxfords are the archetypal formal shoe. As a snappy-dressing gentleman, you’ll surely own at least one pair of these simple, elegant and stylish shoes, but many of us confine them to the workplace. Not only do Oxfords have a fascinating history, but they’re very wearable in a wide range of settings. Here’s your guide to getting the most from your Oxford shoes.

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