Know your shoes

Craig of That Dapper Chap tells us everything we need to know about the difference between the various styles of men’s shoes

Any dapper gent worth their salt needs great shoes. He also needs to understand his shoes to ensure that he wears the right shoe for the right occasion.

Confused about the differences between an Oxford and a loafer? Unsure what a kilted brogue is? Unsure if you need Monk straps in your life? Worry no more, That Dapper Chap is here to help and tell you everything that you need to know.

Blogger tells us the difference between mens shoe styles

Mens shoes are available in a wide range of styles but can you tell which each style is?


If you’re looking for a formal shoe for the office or a smart occasion Oxfords are the way to go. They tend to be very plain, unobtrusive and inoffensive. They are a very neat lace up shoe, and the section with the eyelets for the laces is sewn under the top section of the shoe. They may come with or without a toe cap and tend to be available in black and brown more than other colourways. A black tie event may call for a pair in patent leather for impeccable elegance.

Influencer tells us the difference between different types of mens shoes

Oxfords: Patent black leather from Cheaney. Brown leather from Cheaney and Oxfords with a toe cap from Next


Another great formal option, a Derby only really differs from an Oxford in that the section that contains the eyelets for the laces is outside and not stitched under the top section. Again they can come with or without a toe cap.  Both Derby and Oxford shoes can come in patterned leather or with brogueing and other details, so they don’t need to be plain if you fancied something a little more interesting.

How to tell the difference between Oxford and Derby shoes

Derby’s: black leather ‘Rutherford’ Derby shoes from Barker. Barker ‘Benedict’ and Robinson’s ‘chester’

That Dapper Chap describes the types of mens shoes

Me wearing Oxford shoes in brown suede by White Stuff

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An outfit for day or night from Debenhams

Craig shares what he wore today with an outfit from brands available at Debenhams including Hammond & Co, Jasper Conran and Red Herring

With the Christmas party season upon on us it’s good to have an outfit in your wardrobe that’s going to take you from day to night, from office to pub, so that you don’t need to trek home to change. At Debenhams you’ll find a wide range of top menswear brands that will help you do just that. So today, for this sponsored post I want to show you some items from their current range that will help you do just that.

Lets start from the top and this great navy checked single breasted blazer by Hammond & Co. Available in sizes 38 to 44 it’s 48% wool. The blue, orange and red check in the fabrics add some interest and makes the blazer stand out from others that are available. It’s a great jacket to team with chinos or jeans, as I have here and is more than suitable for the office but is also sharp enough for a night on the town. View Post

That Dapper Chap Meets Patrick Grant

Craig meets business man, designer and TV personality Patrick Grant

With five successful business and a number of awards under his belt along with a BBC television series, Patrick Grant is a force to be reckoned with in men’s fashion. What made him buy failing business Norton & Sons, Did he really work as a nanny? Can he knit? What’s his favourite piece from the current Hammond & Co collection and will The Great British Sewing Bee move to Channel Four? Find all this out and more.

Myself and Patrick Grant with some of the new collection for SS18

After browsing what Debenhams has on offer for next year while Patrick finished his coffee and a phone call, it was time to pose some questions.

TDC “We’re at the Debenhams SS18 press day to see the latest collection from Hammond & Co, but before Hammond & co, you’ve had a few other jobs: Ski instructor, model and Nanny?”

PG “I actually wasn’t a ski instructor, I worked at a Ski resort. I worked at the hotel and at the bar in Vale in Colorado”

TDC “I was thinking that you must have been great at Skiing to become a Ski instructor!”

PG “I was pretty good at Skiing. I started skiing about seven. In Edinburgh there’s a dry slope just up the road from where my parents lived so all Edinburgh school kids learned to ski at an early age. Yes, I was a Nanny, I worked at a kids summer camp during the summers, so I spent two summers working at Santa Cruz in California on a kids summer camp and after my second summer there I got a job nannying for one of the families whose kids were at the camp”

Patrick Grant wearing Hammond & Co

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