Posted on November 18 2017
World-renowned shoe mogul Christian Louboutin once said, “A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language. The way you walk, the way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” This couldn’t have been more true.
The way you would carry yourself is not solely dependent on how you did your hair or which dress you wore or which top and pants you matched together. The chosen pair you slide onto your feet can also make all the difference in the world. In a sense, your shoe can make or break the whole ensemble of the pieces you put together to create a whole attire. After all, your outfit is an extension of your personality, a statement that you would want to tell the world. That’s why each piece that will be included in your getup must be carefully picked out so you can be damn well sure you’re getting the right fashion statement across. And that includes your shoes.
But while women can be extremely obsessed with shoes, the same cannot be said for men. There’s a reason why going gaga over shoes—of which pumps would go better with this particular dress or which stilettos would complement the freshly painted nails and newly bought earrings—will always be a ladies’ dilemma. Men (not all of them, of course) have this nonchalant—sometimes borderline apathetic—attitude towards how they choose the shoes they would use. A well-polished pair of black leather shoes and a good ol’ trusty Vans Old Skool sneakers would be enough for them to change between work and play. But there’s more to life than leather shoes and sneakers! In fact, men actually have a wide range of shoe style variations to choose from, each of which is tailor-fit for every man’s preference and needs, and these are the top five must-have shoes every man should include in his wardrobe. Gents, get your shits together and check this out!
The thing with white sneakers is, they’re simply the go-to pair whenever you’re too busy to think of anything else to wear, or if you’re running late and there’s not much time left for you to decide. Tie yourself up some white sneakers and you’re good to go. A crisp white polo shirt and black trousers? White sneakers. A denim jacket on top of a plaid blue button down and jeans? White sneakers. An immaculate $500 grey suit ensemble? You guessed it right: white sneakers. Bottom line is, you can never go wrong with white sneakers.
Sandals out, espadrilles in. Gone are the days that sandals are the epitome of ease and comfort. Espadrilles can offer both of these things, and a pair comes with bonus points in the style department as well. If you’re lazy to rummage through your closet and come up with an outfit for a casual sunny afternoon stroll in the park but still want to make heads turn, then a pair of espadrilles is the perfect option. A simple short-sleeved polo shirt tucked into classic khaki shorts and a dark gray pair of espadrilles? Come on, nothing says “laid-back” better than this outfit. Espadrilles are light, comfortable, and easy on the feet. What more could you ask for?
Think neutral leather, moccasin-style upper with rugged laces, and a slip-proof rubber sole. The boat shoe is a preppy staple, so it’ll feel at home with chinos and polo shirts, or you can complement it with cotton trousers, suits, and jeans that skim the tops of your shoes. When in doubt, you can mix and match these options and see what best suits your sense of style. But one thing’s for sure: the best way to don a pair of boat shoes is to roll up those hems and show off those sexy mankles!
Suede Penny Loafers
The loafer can replace just about any other shoe in any outfit, while adding an extra dash of dapper to the look. Go for jeans and a t-shirt if you want to keep things relaxed, and a shirt and chinos if you want something with a little more class. Since loafers naturally straddle the divide between formal and informal, that makes them ideal for a smart casual ensemble. But while loafers will never be black tie material, it’s not impossible to wear loafers with a suit. Just rock ‘em if you like ‘em, don’t if you don’t.
Technically, a derby is less formal than an oxford, making the derby more of a crossover shoe that straddles the formal and informal world pretty efficiently. So, if you are on a budget, a dark brown or reddish brown derby can be very versatile, which can be appropriate even in formal wear. It can be worn with your day suits or casual combinations. As a smart casual option, derbies are perfect for blazer with chinos or trouser combinations.