Shoes are important; not onlyare they one of the firstthings that a person notices about you, but they also have the ability to make or break your outfit.
Striking the balance between smart andcasual is imperative in all partsof your wardrobe, not least of all your footwear.So while this list is by no means exhaustive,use it as a guide towards four styles that absolutelyevery man should own. Here they are:
We’ll start with perhaps the most universal of all,the trainer. It’s rare to find a man that doesn’t own hisfair share of this relaxed classic,and there are a couple of essential rules to adhere to. Whether you choose theclassic tab trainer or something more solid,keep them clean (that includes the laces), the sole in good tact and – ofcourse – make sure they’re always occasion appropriate.
This Scottish shoe from humble beginningshas become one of the most popular styles for well-dressed men allover the world. These weatherproof, occasion-proof sturdy leather soles are worth investing in immediately;they’ll look great for everything from work events to year-round weddings and, if you look after them properly, will last you years.Go for dark blues, browns and blacks for a classic look that's hard to beat.
A massive trend that we took away from the men’s fashion weeks earlier this year were that boots are not going anywhere, anytime soon.Chelsea boots, desert boots, brogue boots – in fact any iteration of the boot – would sit well in any man’s wardrobe.Choose the Chelsea or brogue in classic leather for smarter occasions, and match suede desert boots with jeans and a t-shirt for more casual times.
This may be slightly premature considering we’re still inthe depths of winter, but there’s no harm in prepping yourwardrobe for when spring rears its head. Many men shy away from the loafer for fear of wearing it wrong, but withcareful consideration the right pair can look incredible. We’d always advocate wearing a neutral toned sock and going for simple leather and suede in brown or black, avoiding anything too outlandish.