Shoes have been worn for centuries and the industry is always looking for new ways to expand its already exhaustive product range. The oldest civilization with the option to buy rope shoelaces or rather leather laced shoes has been estimated exist from3,500 B.C and the shoes were a type of foot-shaped flat rawhide bound to the feet and calves using leather “shoelaces”. Initially shoes were created to protect the soles of the feet from sharp stones and heat, and originally, designing the shoe was primarily dictated by these functions. During later eras, shoes gradually became fashion statements and not just feet protectors.
There are a variety of shoes available today. There are formal shoes that are used for more formal occasions when formal attire is worn, and the more favored casual shoes which are worn in almost any other place and situation. Whatever the buyer chooses, there are three main types of closures in today’s footwear; lace ups, slip ons and slip ins. Each type of footwear is suitable for a certain situation and each offers its own disadvantages and advantages. When in doubt, it is better to go with formal shoes than to be underdressed with casual shoes.
For women, the distinction is more color based while for men, almost all formal shoes are lace-ups. There are a few occasions in which slip-on shoes are acceptable as formal. This can also depend on where these sort of shoes are being worn and the tone of the rest of the attire. Similarly, formal shoes can be worn with more casual wear at times. The material of choice for formal shoes is usually, is quite streamlined and fitted in shape and has little to no decoration. With consideration to the context, casual shoes for men can denote everything from sandals to shoes very similar to formal shoes and come in a wide range of materials and colors.