Business Casual Shoe Guide

Written by Kimberley | 05/12/2016

Business wear doesn’t have to mean stiff suits and pressed pants. Smart casual wear has become increasingly popular in office type environments, allowing employees to dress formally whilst maintaining the casual comfort necessary when you’re working nine hours a day. To make your office wear outfit selection a little less tedious on those dark early mornings, we’ve put together some great suggestions that will transform your smart casual clothes into a business casual outfit. Check out our choices below.

First, we recommend the Ted Baker Pelton shoes in brown. Brown is always a good call when it comes to diversity, fitting both smart and casual outfits. In general, however, the darker browns are better suited to the smarter outfits and lighter browns up to beige are more geared towards casual. For this reason, these shoes are a darker shade and would look really smart both with some navy/black jeans or chinos, but would look equally as suited to some smart trousers in either black, gray or navy.


Brogues have always been a classic and for good reason; coming in a number of colours and complete with an intricate design, they’re one of the most versatile shoes and one that every man should own. These Oliver Sweeney Aldeburgh brogues in dark tan brown leather are a great option if you’re looking for a pricier shoe. At £195 these shoes are sure to last a lifetime. They’re a slightly lighter shade than the previous Ted Bakers which puts them slap bang in the middle of a casual shoe and a smart brogue.

The most casual option on the list, these Clark desert boots are a classic for the more informally oriented office. Perfect with jeans or chinos of any colour, these black Clarks are an easy-going option for the more laid back workplace and at only £85 you can’t go far wrong! Not much more need be said about these boots. Simple. Stylish. Sorted!


Moving on to footwear more suited to the summer time season, these Ralph Lauren Wes Loafers are both smart and stylish. With sockless, slip-on fashion hugely popular in the warmer months, these loafers worn with chinos or black jeans cuffed or rolled up at the bottom are sure to add a trendy, seasonal flair to your usual mundane office wear.

Last but by no means the least fashionable on the list, these dark brown suede boat shoes with contrasting brown leather upper are the most versatile shoe available. A brilliant choice of footwear for any occasion, be it smart or casual, office or outside – this shoe fits the bill. Wear these sockless with shorts or navy chinos for summer shindigs or alternatively with some smart slim fit black chinos for a more dapper dress in your office environment. As with the loafers, be sure to check out our article on the interesting history of the boat shoe at this link here.

Written by Aaron Thompson


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