Comfortable, low, and lace-less, slip on shoes were introduced in London in 1847 and originally designed for King George VI as a casual piece of footwear. Today, it is worn by men all over the world; and what began as a casual shoe, is now sported for formal events alike.
Easy on the foot and appealing to the eye, slip-ons are available in an extensive range of designs, materials, and colors; and are recommended to be worn without socks. Here is a guide on everything you need to know about the top three types of slip on shoes and which outfit to build for each
Driving shoes, also called driving moccasins, are primarily moccasin-styled shoes with flexible soles having a rubber-like grip. These light-weight shoes can be paired with casual shorts and jeans, and also with suit-sans-tie.
#1: Team a neutral shade jumper, in a striped or check pattern with denim jeans. Add a bright-colored pair of driving shoes. For extreme summers, swap the jeans with shorts or chinos.
#2: Match a pair of slim trousers with a shirt or t-shirt and a blazer. Accessorize the blazer with a pocket square. From the trousers, blazer, and shirt/tee - wear two clothing pieces in cool colors like green, blue, subtle red, with the third piece neutral; or at least, one piece (blazer/trousers) in a bright color and the other two neutral. Also make sure that the color of the belt and shoes is same.
Having soles stronger than those of moccasins, loafers have separate soles and also keep the ankles slightly exposed. Loafer variations include the penny, tassel, and kiltie styles with the most common materials being leather and suede.
#1: Wearing a white shirt with slim jeans and tan loafers is a combination that can never go wrong. Minimalistic yet classy, this outfit is the one to opt for, when in doubt for casual wears.
#2: Brown and black loafers for men are the optimum choice for business suits. Leather finished loafers match better with suits. For formals, buy loafers with minimum detailing and accessories.
Only for casual outfits, slip-on sneakers are great for outdoor trips, workouts, and sports. Ideally street-stylish, these are available in almost all colors, prints, and patterns and can be matched with jeans, chinos, shorts, and jumpers & tee-shirts.
#1: Pair jeans or chinos with a full-sleeve neutral white or brown jumper. Alternatively, wear a polo t-shirt with jeans. Match with basic slip-on sneakers.
#2: Club shorts with a graphic tee, polo t-shirt, or even a shirt. Wear patterned sneakers for a funky look. If you are going a shirt, opt for an unadorned design.
Coming to an end, slip-on shoes have a great variety to go with distinct occasions. They are not just comfortable but trendy too. Buy different types to complement diverse outfits.