It's Prom Time! The Best Shoes for both Teenage Boys and Girls
Prom is such a special time for teenagers. It is really one of their first opportunities to dress up in formal attire and go out on a date. They will get fancied up, go to dinner, and then dance the night away before returning home with a smile on their face. In the past, although Prom was important, teens didn't spend nearly as much on their attire as they are today. Today, there are no stops. Teens are requesting attire that costs hundreds of dollars and parents are giving in. Shoes are one part of the attire that teens should pay special attention to. Take a look at what both teenage boys and girls are wearing to Prom this year.
What The Belles Of The Ball Are Wearing Prom dresses are being purchased in all shapes and sizes. Some girls prefer a short dress while others love the princess dresses. No matter what they choose, they all know their shoes are an important part of the ensemble. While those who wear shorter dresses should be more aware of their shoes, long dress wearers have thinking to do as well. The first thing all belles should consider is comfort. Prom is a place where you will want to dance for extended periods of time. You will not want to do this when your shoes are causing your feet to hurt or blisters to appear. You should choose shoes that are comfortable to walk in and dance in. While taking your shoes off at prom may seem like a good idea, you will find that they floor is never very clean. Therefore, when you take your shoes off you might step in soda or anything else you can think of.
When it comes to style, if you are wearing a short dress, consider wearing a strapped sandal shoe. It should be trendy and young. If you are wearing a long dress that flairs out with tulle, you can consider wearing a short heel or even ballet slippers. You should stick with feminine looks no matter what you are wearing. Try several shoes on with your dress to get the best look possible. Remember that you don't have to worry about matching your shoe to your dress color; just be sure that the colors work together.
What Their Gentlemen Princes Are Wearing Most young men will wear tuxedos to the Prom. Some will go for that traditional bow tie and cummerbund look while others will opt for the classy tie. Since most teen boys could care less what type of shoes they wear, they will often go with the tuxedo shoes that come with the suit. You can rent the shoes right along with your tux if you like. Some tux shoes are made of patent leather and will offer a high shine. Others will be matte. You can get them in various colors, depending on the style you are going for. Black and white retro tux shoes may take your style back to the Rat Pack days while shiny black shoes may make you feel like a real prince.
One thing to consider is the style of your date's dress. You want to try to stay a little coordinated in style with her. Although you don't have to match completely, your outfits should work together. Many teen boys are choosing to go a little casual to the event with athletic shoes. You can get black tennis shoes for the Prom but many boys are choosing brighter colored kicks. They claim they are more comfortable, which cannot be denied. If your date has no problem with your urban Prom style, then go ahead. Keep in mind however that if your date is made about your lack of formality, she will not likely have a good time. So, run it by her before you commit to wearing tennis shoes to the dance.
Parents, be sure to remind your teenagers that they will be wearing their shoes all night and that comfort is more important than anything. Then, refuse to spend massive amounts on shoes alone. There is no reason the Prom should break the bank! Keep in mind however that the shoes they do choose can likely be worn again to other functions, which is always a great thing.
An oxford shoe is basically just a shoe constructed from heavy leather that features enclosed lacing. Historically oxford shoes were made of untanned leather and were plain in their design with little if any ornamentation. The shoe got its start back in Ireland and Scotland. The modern oxford shoes are today come in a variety of styles and are constructed from different types of leather such as suede leather, tanned leather and in some causes synthetic material (such as faux leather or pleather). Oxford shoes fall into the category of dress shoes or business shoes for both men and women (some people refer to them as dress casual or business casual) although there are modern forms of casual oxford shoes for women. Contemporary oxfords are shoes that don't come above the ankle and most have a piece of leather carefully stitched over the section for the toes. This is sometimes referred to as oxford caps or toe car oxfords. Another definition of an oxford shoe is, an esthetically elegant style with closed lacing that typically comes in plain, full-brogue and semi-brogue versions.
For men there are five main categories of oxford shoes and these include open-laced oxfords (also referred to as Bluchers), close-laced oxfords (or Balmorals), saddle oxfords, kiltie oxfords and wingtip oxfords. Blucher oxfords are open-laced leather dress shoes which have the sides of the shoe sewn on the front part (the top to be precise). Once laced up these shoes have a front, top, side and back and appear as though they are segmented. Balmorals leather oxfords are close-laced shoes in which the laces are sewn in a very creative way, they are sewn under the front part of the shoe and then the laces are closed over the tongue. The final result is a smooth, streamlined, very stylish looking shoe that has the appearance of being made from only one piece of leather.
Saddle oxford shoes, as the name suggests, have a piece of leather designed on them that is in the unique shape of a horse's saddle, the saddle being a different leather type or color than the remainder of the shoe. The fourth type of men's oxford shoe, referred to as kilties are fancy in their design and come complete with a leather tongue that is fringed and comes over the instep of the shoe and then covers both the laces of the oxford and the eyelets. By far the most popular type of oxford shoe is the wingtip. This pair of fashionable men's footwear gets its name because the toe brogueing (or leather embroidery) looks a lot like the spread of a bird's wings.
If you are out shopping for oxford shoes always look for genuine leather shoes, as they are durable and will stand the test of time. As far as color is concerned, black is the color to go with because all black leather oxford style shoes, regardless of the style of leather finish or structural design will complement business attire. The most formal of all men's dress shoes are the black leather close-laced oxfords (or Balmorals). They look especially sharp with both suits of the double-breasted style as well as pinstriped suits. However if brown is more to your liking then pairing your oxfords with a sort jacket or a tweed suit. Not to be denied their due, open-laced oxfords (or Bluchers) in either brown or oxblood look terrific when paired up with light suits (especially in the spring and summertime), sport coats and even more relaxed, casual wear such as khakis and jeans.
For women oxford shoes have never been as fun and fashionable as they are today! Women can choose from a variety of styles of oxfords, everything from casual saddle shoes to comfort oxfords, fashion oxfords, hiking oxfords and professional (i.e. lace-up walkers and trainers) oxfords. Casual saddle shoes for women feature a traditional split-suede buck, a cushion crepe sole and a comfortable heel. Comfort oxfords are sport shoes complete with a cushioned footbed, a leather sock lining, a removable cushion insole and a slip resistant sole. Fashion oxfords come in the form of either platform sneakers or athletic-inspired sports shoes and contain a cushioned footbed, suede uppers and a flexible and lightweight rubber sole. Hiking oxfords are both versatile and rugged with their steel toe, water-resistant and slip-resistant soles. Professional oxfords are so comfy for the feet with their padded footbed, leather uppers, slip resistant outsole and padded collar.
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