Men are used to stepping into dress shoes that need plenty of care and don’t always leave room to play. Boys, however, have special needs when it comes to formal footwear. Oxfords can be an excellent and versatile shoe for boys as they can be dressed up or down for almost all occasions. Young kids should have styles designed with comfortable lining, and are lightweight with durable soles. Since some dress shoe options have shoelaces, they should come thick so that they’re easy to tie. We scoured the market and selected some of the best dress shoes for boys who need to look sharp and feel comfortable too.
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1. French Toast Cole Oxford Shoe
Instead of laces, this Oxford has a hook-and-loop monk strap for stability and a fuss-free experience.
Pros: The shoe is 100% manmade with a grippy outsole for enhanced traction. It comes in a range of sizes, from toddler to little kid to big kid. The rubber soles don’t leave scuff marks on floors. They’re soft and lightweight.
Cons: It has moderate arch support.
2. Deer Stag's Gabe Lace-Up Dress Comfort Shoe
Deer Stag’s “Gabe” shoe has a classic look that’s excellent for school uniforms, church or dressy after-school functions.
Pros: The shoes have cushioned insoles and high-density outsoles that offer support and protection for the feet. Sizes range from toddler to little kid to big kid; they also come in wide-width options. There are three styles to choose from: black, patent leather and dark brown.
Cons: They run slightly small.
3. JABASIC Kids' Casual Dress Shoes
Lightweight construction built with sporty features, these shoes are made for active boys.
Pros: The honeycomb insole wicks away moisture, leaving the feet sweat-free and dry. The insole also absorbs shock and reduces stress on your feet. The non-marking outsole has groves designed to be slip-resistant.
Cons: There aren’t many size variations for older kids.