Inspired by Will C's useful thread on the formality of necktie patterns, I thought I would try the same for decoration levels, color, and materials of pumps and oxfords/balmorals. This is a hierarchy of formality/dressiness. The items at the top are what you'd wear when you want to approach full dress as closely as you can. The bottom is what you'd wear when you want to approach undress/casual as closely as you can. A space between the clusters means there's a noticeable jump up or down in dressiness. Within the clusters, higher position means more dressy/formal, though not by a lot. For simplicity, I limited the colors to black, burgundy/oxblood, and brown. I left out austerity wingtips and wholecuts because I still haven't made up my mind on where they fall. "Box" means "box calf," i.e., what we usually think of as calfskin, the non-suede kind. "Quarter brogue" means "semi brogue with no medallion on the toe" "Brown suede" means "any brown suede of snuff shade or darker" Black patent pumps Black box (or shell?) pumps Black patent plain toe oxfords Black box or shell plain toe oxfords Black box or shell stitch cap Black box or shell punch cap Burgundy box or shell stitch cap Dark brown box or shell stitch cap Black box or shell quarter brogue Burgundy box or shell punch cap Dark brown box or shell punch cap Black box or shell semi brogue Burgundy box or shell quarter brogue Dark brown box or shell quarter brogue Brown Suede stitch cap Brown suede punch cap Black box or shell full brogue/wingtip Burgundy box or shell semi brogue Dark brown box or shell semi brogue Brown suede quarter brogue Burgundy box or shell full brogue/wingtip Dark brown box or shell full brogue/wingtip Brown suede semi brogue Brown suede full brogue/wingtip That's it. What do you all think? Suede is tricky.