Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Black Captoe Balmoral

The black captoe balmoral is a terrific dress shoe. Along with fancy slippers or opera pumps, it is a perfect shoe for formal wear. I would consider it to be the preferred shoe for a tuxedo, but it all depends on the occasion. Opera pumps can only be worn with a tux and fancy slippers may be hard to pull off for most people, so the black captoe balmoral is the obvious choice because it can be worn with a suit or trousers and a jacket (and by jacket I mean blazer or sportcoat).

The word balmoral or oxford refers the the type of lacing. From wiki: Balmoral or Oxford "is a style of laced shoe characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the vamp, a construction method that is also sometimes referred to as "closed lacing". Oxfords first appeared in Scotland and Ireland, where they are occasionally called Balmorals after the Queen's castle in Scotland, Balmoral. 

[photos from BB]

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