Timeless Elegance: Unveiling the Best Black Dress Shoes for Men

Timeless Elegance: Unveiling the Best Black Dress Shoes for Men

At first glance, the uninformed observer might suggest that all men's black dress shoes look the same. But this wouldn't be further from the truth - each type of men's black dress shoe has stylistic variations that drastically alter the appearance, making them more or less suitable for certain situations. You might assume one pair of black dress shoes is right for one environment and show up woefully unprepared. But with so many types of black dress shoes, which is the best? We're here to break down the differences between various types of men's black dress shoes and answer that question for you.

The Oxford

The first type of men's black dress shoe is arguably the most popular. This is, of course, the Oxford. Oxfords are considered to be one of the most timeless shoes available, having maintained popularity for nearly 200 years. Oxfords are easily identified via their "closed lacing" style; the shoe's facing is attached beneath the vamp, allowing for a slimmer style than other men's dress shoes. Oxfords also generally feature an elongated toe and 3-panel design - another trademark.

Are Oxfords the best dress shoe? As previously discussed, they're timeless and classic and easy to wear with any outfit or attire. Their minimalism complements suits and business casual alike, making them a universal choice. Some of our favorites: the CALTO 3 Inches Taller Micro-Perforated Dress Oxford and the TOTO 2.8 Inches Taller Dress Oxford.

The Derby

Oxfords and Derbies appear similar at first glance, but the differences radically change the style and presentation. While Oxfords are slim and form-fitting, Derbies utilize an open lacing system and quarters sewn atop the vamp, offering a roomy step that's easy to step into and out of. Derbies countered the "old school" aesthetic of Oxfords, countering the stiffness of the classic shoe with a casual look that many found to be refreshing.

Surely Derbies are the best black dress shoe then, as they offer improvements in comfort and an updated style, making them a wonderful choice for business and events or relaxed looks. They're approachable yet serious, and even if they shouldn't be worn with a formal suit, they're great for most outfits. Some of our favorites include the CALTO 3- Inches Taller Lace-up Cap-Toe Patent Leather Derbies and the CALTO 3 Inches Black Formal Derbies.

The Monk Strap

Rounding out the pack is the Monk Strap - a dress shoe that forgoes lacing completely for a buckled strap design that sets it apart from other options and makes it immediately recognizable, even at a distance. Monk Strap shoes tend to be the focal point of an outfit and can often be decorative. Monk Straps are designed to impress and can be worn in environments where making an impression is essential. Check out our CALTO 3.0 Inches Taller Lightweight Monk Straps.

The Verdict

So, which is best? The answer probably won't surprise you: all types are best. The best black dress shoe is the shoe that's been carefully selected for the environment and occasion, so being sure that you have access to several types of men's black dress shoes to be worn in varying environments is essential for success. Be sure to shop Tall Men Shoes for a wide selection of black dress shoes for Oxfords, Monk Straps and Derbies that add a boost to your height - and your confidence.

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