Whether you're looking for a legitimately vintage pair of men's dress shoes or a new pair of shoes with a vintage style, this article aims to help you find a style that is before our time.
A lot of shoe styles fall into the category of "brogues," including wing tips. If you are at a vintage shoe store and you encounter a nice pair labeled as brogues, you can rest assured that you've stumbled upon a shoe that, modern or vintage, is likely to hold up after extensive wear. Brogues are low-heeled shoes, usually made of leather, that have decorative perforations along their seams. There are full brogues, such as wing tips, semi or half brogues, which feature a cap toe that has decorative perforations on the top half of the shoes, and so on. You can find brogues in any color, from navy and gray to black and brown; you can even find two-colored ones, such as a classic-looking black-and-white wing tip shoe.
Doc Martens shoes were first produced in the 1950s in Germany, but they became popular in the following decade. These shoes, which can be worn casually or formally, come in a variety of colors and styles, from shoes to boots. One way to identify authentically vintage Doc Martens is to look for ones that were made in England. In 2003, Doc Martens began to be manufactured in China and Thailand, and quality declined at that time. These shoes, especially the ones made in England, last for years because of their high quality of construction, and they have a vintage look that never goes out of style.
In the 1960s, men wore what were known as Chelsea boots; that is, ankle boots that came in hues that covered the entire spectrum of colors, some even in suede. These boots are great for wearing casually, but those of especially fine quality, such as those made of a classic brown leather, can be worn successfully with dress pants for a classic dressy look.