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Iím Antonio Centeno, the founder of RealMen, Real Style.
Iím going to be going over a basic overviewof menís dress shoes.
And for those of you that want excruciatingmore detail, go visit my website at tailoredsuit.
I go into a lot more detail over there.
In addition, weíll be breaking out and talkingabout each of the shoe types in particular.
But I prepared choosing the four categorieshere.
And I know that they can be broken down infurther categories.
But for this basic overview, weíre goingto stick with four of the categories.
The four categories are Balmoral, Bluchers, slip-ons dress shoes, and dress boots.
So, starting off with Balmoral.
This is going to be your dressiest dress shoe.
And you normally would wear a Balmoral witha suit, if itís really nice polished black tie.
Here, in fact, let me grab an example of one.
The big thing youíll notice with the Balmoralis the closed lacing system.
So, you have the leather here on top, whichgoes on top of the lacing system.
Theyíre going to be in dark, conservativecolors such as black, dark brown.
The styling is going to be very limited.
The example I just showed you had a cap toewith the broguing on it.
In fact, pull this up really quick.
Weíve got the cap toe with a little bit ofthe broguing.
The more formal versions will have a plaintoe.
Again, a very simple, a very sleek shoe.
Something that you wear with a suit, you canwear with black tie, but you do not wear with denim.
Donít wear it with jeans.
It just doesnít look right.
Itís too formal of a shoe.
So, letís go on to Bluchers.
Bluchers are going to be less, less dressy, although in the United States, you see men wear them with suits all of the time.
So, you can get away with it.
Iím not going to say, you know, itís thebest thing to do.
Theyíre a little bit of sensitive to it inEurope.
But if youíre in American [chuckles] youcan probably, again, get away with it.
Besides being less dressy, youíre going tosee that Bluchers come in a wider range of materials.
So, youíre going to see them in suede, youíregoing to see, you know ñ and theyíre often called derbies, called saddle shoes, spectators.
These are all variations of Bluchers.
And Bluchers ñ the big thing is that itísan open lacing system.
So, this part of the leather has been thrownon top.
And when it comes to colors and styling, theyíregoing to have a much wider variety of it.
The example I showed you, those were lightbrown.
Youíre not going to see those in BalmoralOxfords but in Bluchers you going to get ñ I mean, just ask Elvis, blue suede shoes.
Youíre going to see a wider range of stylesand options.
I think Bluchers are pretty versatile whenit comes to what you can wear with them when it comes to casual wear.
So, I think Bluchers go perfect with grayflannel trousers or with odd trousers with a nice sport jacket.
When it comes to navy blazers, those workas well.
But again itís not as dressy as Balmorals.
Now letís move on to slip-ons.
So, slip-ons obviously, no laces on theseand these are shoes that you can sip on and off.
Examples are going to be tassel loafers, monkstraps, Italian moccasins, Penny loafers.
All of these are shoes, which are made towear with ease, so, with that they got a more ñ a much more casual flair.
I would not advice wearing them with a suit.
Although, you know, they work fine with apair of dress slacks with an odd jacket or a sports jacket.
They look great with ñ you know if you wantto go for a laid-back Mediterranean, especially in the summer, I love Italian moccasins somuch better, a lot better than sandals.
And I know for some of the experts out there, this is not a true slip-on but the monk strap.
The monk strap, youíll notice, this is thestrap that gives it its name, but this can slip on and off the foot.
And Iím going to right now, classify thoseas slip-ons because I do not see monk straps as something that you should normally wearwith a suit.
And I think there are many cases of Bluchersthat are going to be more formal than the monk strap.
The last one is the dress boot.
The dress boot is ñ it actually has an olderhistory than other shoes because if you think about it, boots and shoes, especially at thetime when men rode horses, it was something that you wore to protect your feet and yourankles.
And it wasnít until that we, in a sense, became civilized, and got away from having to be outÖ Öin the environment so much, that we wereactually able to wear shoes which didnít have to be protect us as much.
But dress boots, theyíve kind of fall intoa position of ñ you wear them if theyíre going to be functional.
Otherwise, theyíre in the same category Iwould say, as slip-ons.
So, you donít want to be wearing them witha suit, unless, itís bad weather conditions outside.
And you want to actually be protecting yourankles.
So, dress boots ñ an example of them areChelsea boots.
This [chuckles] is not example of a dressboot.
This is a Western boot.
So, there is a difference there.
So, weíve covered dress boots.
Weíve covered monk straps.
Weíve covered Bluchers.
And weíve covered the Balmorals.
So, that is a quick overview of menís dressshoes.