Whether you think of shoes as practical necessities or you have a shoe obsession heading to the races is a great opportunity to shine up those dress shoes. Men’s racing fashion has come a long way and there are many dapper gents looking the part from head to toe! Here are our tips to help you put your best foot forward and get you race ready in the cooler months…

  • Make sure your shoes are darker than your pants
  • Your socks should be a nice bridge between your shoes and your pants
  • Shine your dress shoes – learn how to do it or get them professionally cleaned
  • No thongs, sneakers, cowboy boots or crocs for the races
  • Go with a comfortable fit over edgy style
  • A nice brown pair of Oxdfords go with almost everything
  • White shoes are always a NO for the races

Know your brogues from your boots with this chart that outlines shoes on scales of formal to casual and traditional to trendy. The most versatile shoe (centre of the chart) is the lace up brogue. The loafer and the desert boot are the most casual of the dress shoes. The most formal dress shoe is the patent leather slide shoe, which is a must for anytime you wear a black tie.

When choosing shoes think about the colour of your suit or pants.

Black shoes work well with navy, grey or black pants.
Brown shoes are best suited to tan, brown, beige, greens, other darker earth tones.
Burgundy shoes work well with khaki, lighter browns, blue and grey.
Tan shoes look great with lighter earth tones, blue, beige, lighter tan or white.

Carefully consider which styles you really need and then shop around to build a footwear collection that’s timeless and versatile. Antoine & Stanley have a great selection of shoes perfect for any race day.


With an ever developing array of footwear styles available both in stores and online, shopping for shoes can be overwhelming. Here are our top picks from Merchant 1948.

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