Ladies never seem to have enough shoes. They have a pair of heels for everything, regardless if it’s casual, smart casual, formal, semi-formal or any other type of mixed event. Long story short, if you check their shoe closet, you’ll often see entire stacks of shoes, many of which haven’t been worn in ages – but they still won’t let go of them.
Men, on the other hand, don’t usually bother with such things. All they know are three pairs of shoes: sports, casual, and formal. If you’re not one of those men who prefer wearing sneakers or boots on a typical day, the chances are that you’ll go for a pair of dress shoes. Why? Because they’re comfortable, and you can easily mix them with casual or formal outfits – provided they’re the right color for the event.
With this in mind, we’re going to review 4HOW Men's Casual Oxford Dress Shoes, the casual, suede leather model. They’re a great choice for those who are looking for something stylish – while staying comfortable and non-conformist.
4HOW Men’s Casual Oxford Dress Shoe Features
The first thing you’ll notice about these shoes is their fine, suede leather. Rather than using regular full-grain leather, this design is perfect for those who want to eliminate the shine. It’s the ideal pair of shoes that tend not initially to attract a lot of attention but will be appreciated once they’re noticed.
The beauty of suede is that it doesn’t need the same level of maintenance required by full-grain leather shoes. Usually, these shoes will only need a few brushings every now and again to remove the dirt, making maintenance reasonably simple.
The sole is made from durable, human-made rubber that will absorb any shock caused by stepping impact. The pattern on the bottom of the sole is a special, non-slip one that will prevent you from losing your grip on the ground. You can go fast, or you can go slow – but regardless of the surface, you shouldn’t slip.
Considering the soft insoles, it’ll be challenging to find a pair that are more comfortable than the 4HOW’s. The inner lining is made of durable fabric that’ll let your foot breathe properly – even when temperatures are high.
Depending on your preferences, you can have this pair of suede dress shoes in three different colors: black, brown, and blue. All of the hues are dark, so they can be worn with most clothes – regardless if we’re talking about jeans or smart casual suit.
The shoes have good durability and flexibility, all thanks to the suede leather. The fit around your foot will be comfortable, and will barely need any breaking in. If you have a particularly wide foot, it might take wearing them a few times until they become 100% comfortable.
The round toe is perfect for those who dislike the “too formal” narrow toe. The Oxford design mixes well with semi-formal events, and you can easily wear them straight from work to a night out with friends.
The tightness of this shoe is adjusted thanks to the closed lacing that goes through three rows of holes. The shoelaces themselves are durable and fashionable, and you won’t have to worry about them breaking or losing their form anytime soon.
- The material is very durable
- They require low maintenance
- Very comfortable, even when they’re worn for an entire day
- The non-slip rubber sole keeps you “well-anchored.”
- Elegant look that can be paired to almost any type of clothing
- Very affordable dress shoes
- The flat insole does not provide much arch support
- The sizes tend to run small, so you may want to order one size up
Although the 4HOW Men's Casual Oxford Dress Shoes don’t require a lot of maintenance, you still need to be careful while cleaning the suede leather. It may not require regular shoe polish, but you’ll still have to brush it and keep it clean – while being aware of the strokes. One wrong stroke and you could leave unsightly marks on the shoe.
At the same time, maintaining a pair of 4HOW suede leather shoes is significantly easier than a pair of Asher Green calf leather two-tone dress shoes. Not only is suede less expensive, but you won’t have to polish them each time you go out of the house. The matte look will mask any imperfection, and unless there’s visible dirt, you’ll only have to clean them once for every two or three times they’re worn.
Plus, these shoes are perfect for a casual night out with friends, without having to go all out on flashy designs. A pair of dress shoes such as the Amali metallic splatter slip-on dress shoes, for instance, would be perfect for a night out in the club. However, if you decide to go to a pub, a restaurant, or casually hang out for a drink, then something such as the 4HOW would be more appropriate.
While these shoes might not be fully formal, you can still wear them with 80% of your outfits. They might look odd when worn to a wedding, but they’ll look perfect for a casual night out with co-workers or friends. Plus, you can comfortably wear them for the whole day without issues. They may not have such great arch support, but they’re still some of the most comfortable dress shoes out there.
Compared to most dress shoes – leather or not – the 4HOW pair are also more affordable. For a low price, you get durability, as well as the looks and quality that will make you feel confident. They’re definitely something worth investing in if you prefer versatility over everything else since they can replace many of your casual shoe designs.