The saddle oxford is a spin on the standard oxford lace up dress shoe. The saddle oxford is distinguished by its saddle shaped piece of leather laid over the middle of the shoe. This middle section of the shoe can be the same color and texture as the rest of the shoe or it may differ in both characteristics. The saddle oxford is a more casual style of dress shoe that is usually worn with sport coats and slacks. Saddle oxfords with a contrasting mid section can be worn with tweed coats, particularly those with elbow patches, to create a classic British or professorial look.
The dress loafer can come in an array of styles, but they are all distinctive due to the lack of laces on the shoe. The general rule of thumb when wearing a loafer is that it is more casual than a lace up and leans more toward the sport coat than the suit. The tassel loafer is a matter of preference depending upon region and social setting, and may not be appropriate for all occasions. The penny loafer, bit loafer and monk strap are all styles of the classic loafer that offer diverse footwear options for the well dressed man.