Purchasing leather dress shoes is an investment in yourself. Although they are expensive, they are worth the money. They are usually handmade and of excellent quality, last longer, and are easier to repair when it is needed. Besides that, they complement your overall appearance. Simply put, they look good.
The best quality leather dress shoes are handmade. The artisans who make them attend to the shaping and stitching details with precision; therefore, the shoes have fewer weak spots or manufacturing mistakes. In addition, high end, handmade leather shoes will use quality leather in all of these parts: the outsole and insole of the shoe, the lining, the heel, and the shoe upper. The thickness of the leather itself is also important, as is the way the pieces are aligned. Artisan shoes are made with precision and attention to detail, to create beautiful, durable footwear.
The importance of leather dress shoes in making a first impression can?t be overstated. Studies show that first impressions are formed within 15 seconds of meeting someone, and that half of a person’s initial opinion is determined by physical appearance. Whether it?s a personal interaction or a professional one, keyword shoes are part of one?s overall appearance. On occasions when one wants to dress up, such as date, social event, job interview or sales pitch, first impressions matter. Putting on a suave suit, a sharp tie, a wide leather belt and an expensive cologne are great, but if you?re wearing poor quality shoes, it can bring the whole ensemble down.
There are two basic types of formal shoes for men: Derbies and Oxfords. Oxfords are considered to be the more formal choice, and are more appropriate for certain occasions. The differences are in simple details. On proper leather oxford shoes, there is no space between the lace hole strips, so that you cannot touch the tongue of the shoe when it is tied; derbies have space there. In addition, oxfords have curved stitching from the lace section to the welt. It?s good to know these fine details so that when you?re shopping for leather dress shoes, you know what you?re looking for.
High end men?s shoes come in a range of styles and leathers. About one percent of all globally traded leathers fall into the exotic category, and come from animals such as stingray, eel, alligator, crocodile, ostrich, or python. Luxury crocodile skin shoes always make a strong impression, as do men?s snakeskin shoes. Other accessories made from exotic leathers, like luxury leather belts and watchbands, round out the high class impression.