Across 25 films, James Bond has worn countless footwear styles. While it is difficult to choose only seven of the types of shoes that Bond wears, here is a short list of a well-rounded basic wardrobe of Bondian footwear staples. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, you may want to exchange a pair of formal shoes for something more casual.
001. Black oxfords
The black calf oxford is the standard traditional shoe to wear with a dark suit, and it can also serve double duty as a shoe to wear with a dinner jacket if it doesn’t have broguing (perforations). James Bond has worn these shoes with his suits on a number of occasions throughout the series. Because these are dressy shoes, leather soles are a must.
Pair these with: navy, charcoal, grey and dark brown suits, dinner jackets
002. Black plain-toe derbys
The black plain-toe derby, particularly one on a trim last with two or three pairs of eyelets, works just as well with dark suits as the oxford does but is also better with a blazer than the oxford is. Bond has also shown how well this minimalist style can work with a dinner suit. This style is mostly exclusive to finer English and Continental shoemakers, who build it on a trim last and thin sole for a very dressy look. These shoes are best with either a leather or a slim rubber or Dainite sole.
Pair these with: navy, charcoal, grey and dark brown suits, blue blazer and grey trousers, dinner jackets
003. Black calf loafers
Black loafers (or “casuals”, as Ian Fleming called them in his Bond novels) are a staple of the literary Bond wardrobe but also of the Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton Bond wardrobes. Though Bond wears these with dressy suits, loafers work best with more casual outfits. Due to their casual nature and current trends, brown loafers are likely more useful for the modern man than black loafers are. These look best with thin leather or rubber soles.
Pair these with: sporty suits, sports coats, wool or linen trousers
004. Brown suede chukka boots
Brown suede chukka boots are the modern Bond’s go-to for sporty footwear. They’re particularly versatile and work just as well with sporty suits as they do with a polo shirt and jeans. Dainite studded soles can make these very versatile shoes, but double leather soles and crepe soles are also traditional.
Pair these with: sporty suits, odd jackets and trousers, linen trousers, chinos, jeans
005. Brown boots
Bond more frequently wears black shoes than brown, but multiple pairs of brown shoes are a must in any man’s wardrobe. Tall boots are useful for sporty and casual outfits. Brown grain leather boots with lug soles like what Pierce Brosnan wears with his tan suede jacket in Die Another Day and what Daniel Craig wears with his Barbour jacket in Skyfall are useful for rough terrain.
Pair these with: cords, jeans, safari suits
006. Dark trainers
Every man needs a pair of trainers, primarily for athletic activities. But Bond also wears “sneakers” in the evening for sneaking around without making much noise, and for this reason they should be dark-coloured. Bond has worn trainers in black, dark grey and dark blue, along with lighter colours too.
Pair these with: athletic clothes, dark outfits for sneaking around at night
007. Blue espadrilles
Resort footwear is a must for the Bond lifestyle, and blue canvas espadrilles in either a light blue or navy with a rope sole are perfect for wearing at the poolside, around a resort town or on a boat. The Fleming Bond purist may want to exchange the espadrilles for leather sandals.
Pair these with: chinos, swimwear, terrycloth playsuits
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