- Jul 9, 2009
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Hi All There was an interesting question in the "Ask a quick question" thread and because I'd be interested in a broader view and maybe the odd personal comment on the subject, I thought I'd start a new thread. The question was whether a captoe or plaintoe Oxford was the more formal of the two and then where the wholecut fit in the picture. I argued that the wholecut would be the most formal for festive occasions following the "the less decoration the more formal" rule. In the other thread I argued, though, "that it may depend on type of formality. If you're talking work-environment, a cap-toe Oxford is as formal as it gets. If you're talking festive occasion, then a wholecut beats the cap-toe. This doesn't mean it cannot be worn casually but it isn't a casual shoe as such. In my view it is comparable to a dinner jacket: fewer buttons, no pocket flaps, generally cleaner lines. But I don't think one could say which is more formal: a dinner jacket or a blue navy two-button suit. It depends on the occasion." What do you think? And why?