My experience has taught me to build from the ground up. Building a roof means nothing, if you do not have a strong foundation on which to place it.
And that’s why we are discussing shoes.
I was able to attend the 10th Annual StyleForum in San Francisco this weekend and learned/observed some men’s style tips from fashion enthusiasts and industry professionals. I asked around for different perspectives regarding men’s shoes. The overwhelming opinion was the attention to detail. A man’s shoe choice makes an automatic statement about who he is. Alhough the right shoe sometimes goes unnoticed, the wrong shoe brings the wrong attention.
I must be honest with you: I loathe purchasing men’s shoes. It is a bittersweet experience: bitter because we don’t have many options and sweet because we don’t have many options. This is why we must be careful and selective in our choices. Minute differences take a shoe from standard to extraordinary. There are three types of shoes all men should have, regardless of the image you wish to portray.
1. Dress Shoe- The MOST important consideration you should make when purchasing dress shoes is your body type. Just like people start to look like their dogs, your shoes should look like you. Correlate your shoe to your clothing and body type. Creating a nice flow from your head to your toe will make a world of difference when you are dressed to the nine. Black, Brown, or Grey. Matte, Polished, or another finish. Choose what works with your personality, wardrobe, and comfort level.
2. Boot/Chukka – This type of shoe is equivalent to a button-up shirt: it is versatile and appropriate for almost every event in life. Yes, you read that correctly: EVERY EVENT IN LIFE. Epic. One shoe for every circumstance. Boots vary in height and laces, but generally made of leather. *side note* Don’t purchase a work boot. *end side note* Chukkas, also known as desert boot, vary in material but generally hit right above ankle. Consider these two an insurance policy for your fashion presence: you will always look like you know what you are doing. Again, epic. Suede and leather are the two primary options. Be sure to treat the suede to prolong its life.
3. Casual Shoe - You don’t dress up all of the time, but when we dress down, there is no excuse to look less than our best. We can still maintain a fine appearance while wearing shorts and a painting shirt. I prefer Toms, but my friend prefers Converse. Loafers and boat shoes have a slightly more formal feel to them. Sandals are appropriate too, BUT (a very big, important BUT), no plastic/rubber. Those immediately cast the wrong opinion, plus they give you blisters and retain ‘dirty feet’ odors. Find a comfortable leather or canvas/cloth sandal. Structure of the sandal is up to you: gladiator, flip-flop, etc. Again, choose something in your comfort zone.
Notice, no where did I mention a tennis or an athletic shoe. There is a valid reason! The only time it is appropriate to wear an athletic shoe is if you are exercising. You own them, I own them, we all own them, but it does not mean we take them out in public. There are plenty of comfortable shoes (or comfortable inserts) that still project a stylish appearance.
What do you think? Guys and Girls, do you agree?
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Keep it classy.
The Guy with the Red Hair.
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Photo Cred (non-hyperlinked)
- House: Thermablog.com
- Black Dress Shoe: Calvinklein.com
- Red Circle Athletic Shoe: lulahealth.com