This page is intended to introduce to you the styles and leathers that Batsanis has been producing for over 60 years. Throughout our history we have produced thousands of variants whist staying true to the history and style of these beautiful styles of shoes. We hope to educate you and give you as much information so that you are comfortable in making a decision in purchasing with us.
A moccasin inspired shoe recognised by it slip on style with a variety of vamp and toe styles. It can feature a saddle or decoration, plain straps or straps with slits, tassels, metal buts such as clips or buckles. The loafer did not become popularized as a casual shoe until it began being manufactured in the United States in the 1930’s. It kept its status as a casual-only shoe until the 1960’s when American businessmen and lawyers began wearing loafers with suits.
In the 20th century, the Derby began to be appropriate footwear to wear into town. It has open lacing by having the facing stitched on top of the vamp. This construction allows for a wider fit. Usually this style is a more comfortable option. Different uppers can consist of, cap, plain toe and wingtip derby.
Gaining its name from its history at Oxford University, oxfords were a newer version of the popular Oxonians that were popular at the university in 1800. This half-boot style became outdated and students looked for an alternative style that was more current, thus the oxford shoe was born. This is a basic and timeless dress shoe. It should be a staple of every man’s wardrobe. It has closed lacing, the facing is stitched on under the vamp. For general everyday wear, stick to a dark brown or black standard leather pair, while if you’ll be pairing them with a tux, a patent leather pair will fit the best.
A great alternative to your typical dress shoe that’s perfect for formal day wear. Built like your standard Oxford, the dress boot is generally the same shape with a longer shaft. This style traces its roots to the Victorian era when the choices in men’s shoes were very limited. During this time, men could only wear boots with day wear or pumps for evening wear. Now, the dress boot’s place in menswear has remained quite similar as a great alternative to your typical dress shoe that’s perfect for formal day wear. It has a more casual look if you go for lighter brown leathers. For more formal occasions, darker colour leathers are more appropriate.
The Chelsea boot predominately has elastic siding allowing them to be put on easier while maintaining the refined silhouette of a laced boot. It is a practical boot usually ankle length. It has an incredibly clean look with each of the vamp and quarters being made from a single piece of leather keeping the stitching to a minimum. It is a sleek look with minimal decorations. A Chelsea boot can add a classy touch when worn with jeans. Suede Chelsea boots should be worn causally.
The Chukka Boot
The Chukka Boot finds its origins within the game of polo, gaining its name from the seven and a half Polo playing period, called the “Chukker” or the “Chukka.” Players would often wear these type of boots after a game as they were a comfortable option. They are an ankle boot with 2-3 eyelets on each side for a lace-up closure. These eyelets allow for a snug fit around the ankle that, unlike regular boots, will not disrupt your pants’ shape.
The monk strap serves as a medium between the oxford and the derby in terms of formality, featuring a similar apart from the laces. Instead of having an eyelet closure, the monk strap has a wide strap that is fastened across the front of the shoe with either a single or double buckle closure. The monk strap takes its name from the monks who originally donned them. The closed toe design was a much more protective alternative to wear while working than the sandals they usually wore. Monk straps are often crafted out of leather or suede and can be found with and without decorative broguing.