The Shoe Guide

Let it be known: a true gent knows his oxfords from his derbys. The key is to educate yourself. And that, our good sir is where we come in. Introducing the Hackett shoe guide.

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The Loafers

WHAT: Low, laceless, slip-on shoe.

THE HISTORY: A bespoke shoe company, based in London, was established in 1847 and developed the first Loafer for the landed gentry and the royal family. Designed for King George VI as a casual house shoe, the cut is now one of the most popular in Britain.

WEAR WITH: Casual loafers can be worn with denims and khakis. More formal style should be matched with combinations and casual suiting.


The Classic Oxfords

WHAT: A formal looking shoe with closed lacing with the tongue stitched to the upper part of the shoe.

THE HISTORY: Unlike early shoes, Oxfords were cut smaller than the foot. However, the side slit evolved and the lighter-weight shoe became popular with the students of Oxford University. The name stuck.

WEAR WITH: When you want to add a dash of sophistication to your ensemble.

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The Derby

WHAT: More casual than the Oxford, the Derby has open lacing with a tongue that is the same piece of leather as the upper part of the shoe. They also allow for more adjustment with a wider fit.

THE HISTORY: A popular sporting and hunting boot in the 1850s, however by the turn of the 20th century, the Derby had become established wear for towns folk.

WEAR WITH: Tweed for formal or denim for casual.

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The Trainers

WHAT: Lace-up in leather or suede, with rubber sole. Accepted in the workplace, restaurants and even members’ clubs, the modern sleek trainer is an edgy alternative of a casual shoe.

THE HISTORY: Designed as a sports shoe in the 1880s, the humble rubber-soled trainer has evolved as a staple in the modern gentleman’s wardrobe.

WEAR WITH: When you want to add a modern touch to your slim cut suit, or simply with chinos, denim or shorts.