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We like a best dressed list…but what about the footwear?

26 July 2023

The summer season sees a whole host of events held across the world where celebrities are scrutinised for their fashion choices. The Met Gala, Wimbledon, the Tony Awards, Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, etc. What we find little frustrating at Herring is that the best dressed articles in glossy magazines, newspaper and websites mainly focus on their outfits. The reporters at these events clearly ask: “Who are you wearing?”, but the designer roll call stops at the ankle.

Meanwhile, we are all shouting: “What about the shoes?” As footwear fans, we know shoes or boots can make or break an outfit and yet they are unfairly ignored. Sometimes these photos don’t even show their footwear!

Herring Monkwell

Well, I have had a good look at some recent photos and here is my executive summary.

At Wimbledon, loafers were king! Formula One star Pierre Gasly teamed his suede tasselled tan loafers with a double-breasted navy jacket and white trousers. Ted Lasso‘s Phil Dunster opted for the same type of shoe but complement his loafers with cream slacks and a camel-coloured twinset. Marvin Humes styled cream loafers with a green suit.

Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon went for brown calf loafers with white trousers and shirt, and a cream jacket and tie.

House of the Dragon‘s actor Fabien Frankel wore black tasselled loafers with a light-grey suit. Model Oliver Cheshire also opted for black, but no tassels, to go with a cricket style cardigan and chinos.

Herring Sagres

Not everyone opted for loafers at Wimbledon though, there were plenty of black formal shoes thrown in and some pristine white sneakers, along with some brown Oxfords on the feet of actor Tom Hiddlestone and black lace-up boots from new Dr Who Ncuti Gatwa.

At the Met Gala, the black formal shoe was key…unsurprisingly for an evening event. Tennis legend Roger Federer, and actors Bill Nighy, James McAvoy and Bradley Cooper sported polished Oxfords. They are a classic and finish off a black-tie suit very nicely. At both the Met Gala and the Tony Awards, there was also a fair smattering of chunky soled black shoes too.

Henley Regatta attracted a fair few loafers! We spotted brown and navy versions that go so well with a summer blazer or suit. White sneakers and deck shoes also made an appearance. Olympic diver and epic knitter Tom Daley though went for ever-classic chestnut double monk shoes.

So that’s your round-up. Day-time equalled loafers and night-time equalled black Oxfords! You can hit the internet to see photos of all these stars; meanwhile here are a few footwear suggestions for your summer events and gathering.

Herring Newcastle

For the loafers, the Sagres tasselled loafer would fit right in at Wimbledon or Henley, while the navy Trovatore loafer would hit the spot too. For the Fabien Frankel look, we have our Blackheath tasselled loafers. These are super smart!

For the more formal shoes, you can make a splash à la Tom Daley style with our Braybrooke double monks in dark leaf grain or go for a single double monk with our Monkwell or Roche styles. To emulate the Hiddlestone vibe, our Sussex Oxfords are a paired thing of beauty or we have the rather lovely tan Sligo Oxfords too.

Lastly, the evening attire. For that polished look, check out our Newcastle Oxfords or for the super-shiny dancing feet, we have our Jive Oxfords

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