- In the words of Sophia Bush, “To be happy, it first takes comfortable being in your own shoes. The rest can work up from there.” It’s undisputable that the right footwear can add beauty to an outfit and person wearing it, and can also give a sense of unusual confidence.
Having good shoes and putting them to the right use are two distinct things. This piece contains the right footwear every man should have in his closet and how to put them to right use. Hope you find it enlightening;
A grand pair of dress shoes is a necessity in every man’s closet. Even the most casually dressed of all men will need to suit up at one time. In order to completely grace the formal look, one must understand the placement of these pieces that give the following dress shoes their unique styles.
-The Oxford Shoe: The Oxford is the most basic and timeless of the dress shoes, and a good starting point if you are looking for a classic staple. All Oxford shoes share these essential features; closed lacing system, low heel, and exposed ankle. Although most have the eyelets on the quarter, a whole quarter, a whole cut or seamless Oxford are the exceptions.
-The Derby Shoe: Also known as the Blucher or the Gibson, they were originally used for sporting and hunting in 1850’s. At the turn of the 20th century, derbies began to be appropriate footwear to wear into town. The derby, with its “open lacing” construction, allows for a wider fit than an Oxford, making it a more comfortable option. This detail, has kept the derby reminiscent of its sporting roots and acts as a less formal version of the Oxford.
-The Monk Strap: This is often considered as one of the younger models among those usually referred to as the backbone of the classic shoe models. The monk strap shoe has no lacing , it is closed by a strap and buckle. It has been described as the “most advanced” dress shoe. It is a moderately formal shoe: less formal than a full Oxford.
-The Loafer: These slip-on shoes are an easy style to wear, they are comfortable and available at almost every price point. The range of loafers include penny loafers, dress (tassel) loafers, suede loafers, snapple loafers, apron loafers, and driving loafers. For loafers to work with a suit, the suit and shoe must be sleek and streamlined. “The most common execution is when the suit jacket is boxy, the pants too roomy and long, and he loafers blocky and heavy-soled,” says Julie Rath, founder of men’s style consultancy Rath & Co.
The versatile construction of boots prepare you for anything, you can wear with both casual and relatively smart outfits. They are built like dress shoes but with uppers that cover the ankle, variations of these boots are used as an alternative to these in bad weather or rough outdoor situation, and as a traditional option for daytime formal wear.
Now evolved to be used for casual everyday activities, sneakers were originally designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise. Sneakers have become an important part of a man’s closet, pick the right one that suits you and if you’re on a low budget, go for universal colours. Keep your casual look but set your sneakers apart from the next guy in line at the grocery store with cleverly contrived details.
Usually, sandals are worn in warmer climates to keep the feet warm and dry. When compared with enclosed shoes, it lowers the risk of developing an athlete’s foot, and the wearing of sandals may be part of the treatment regimen for such an infection. When choosing a sandal, choose the one with soles large enough for your feet as neither your heel nor toes should hang off on the edge of your sandal. Among the many kinds of sandals are: barefoot sandals, caligae, clog, fisherman sandal, high-heeled sandal, huaraches, jelly sandals (they were originally a version of the classic fisherman sandal made in PVC plastic, and hiking & trekking sandals. This is one thing you should keep in mind about sandals, they are not for the office.
Men’s fashion world is a large place to explore and it keeps getting better with a lot of evolving styles. Wear good shoes, make the right impression by making the right use of the right shoes. Schaerf says, “Overall, buy the best shoes you can afford to buy and do everything you can to look after them. Keep this in mind and you will slowly build a collection that you can keep for the rest of your life.” “Let your style speak for you, let your shoes do the talking,” says Teajaystyles.