Planning to order a pair of captoe oxford shoes at Klemann’s made me once again think about the different designs. Here’s a visualization of my thoughts, a short guide to different designs of captoe oxford shoes.
The plain captoes in black or brown boxcalf. Unblemished shoes with a lounge suit, yet perhaps a little boring. I have them in black and in brown. In black the best captoes for evenings.
The punched captoe, a favourite of many connaisseurs. I have a black pair and a brown pair of them as well. For the lounge suit mainly.
A punched captoe with elaborated perforations. In black for your lounge suit and blue blazer with grey pants. In brown for your sport coat as well.
Photo: Foster & Son
The semi-brogue captoe oxfords. In dark brown it could be regarded as the most versatile shoe design, since it works frictionlessly with both business suits, sport coats, and chinos.
Lastly among the conventional designs, the full-brogue black oxford, a classic and very conservative business suit shoe model, best in the winter time.
Other designs tend to appear somewhat dandified. The captoe with perforated toe cap solely is an example of that.
Photo: Riccardo Bestetti
The Adelaide design, invented by legendary last maker Terry Moore from Foster & Son, is another discreetly dandified captoe. Besides the brogue pattern, the Adelaide is identified by its long vamp reaching from cap to heel, which creates a tongue shape around the laces.
Nubuck and suede will make the oxfords less conventional as well.
Photo: Classic Shoes for Men
The fat shell cordovan leather also twists a captoe.
Photo: The Journal of Style
Finally, oxford austerity brogues. Like dark brown oxford semi-brogues, dark brown oxford austerity brogues have a very versatile potential in my view. You can use them with your business suit, and with more casual attires.
At Klemann’s I ordered the Adelaide, or “Lingwood”, as he calls the model. More to come about that shortly.