Shoes play an essential role in every outfit. After all, the right shoes can quickly make or break your look. So if you want to look stylish, it’s important to have the right shoes on hand to complement and complement your ensemble. Fortunately, we can point you and your feet in the right direction. Whether it’s running errands or attending a formal gala, we’ve curated a selection of stylish men’s shoes that every man should have in his wardrobe.
Like so many types of dress shoes, the brogue was designed as a much more utilitarian shoe than the way we wear them today. The holes and perforations of the brogues were originally there to help drain water after passing through bogs and swamps in muddy Ireland. Today, we think of the brogue with a little more respect. Hopefully you won’t find yourself knee-deep in mud when wearing them. Opt for dark brown oxfords for formal occasions and lighter oxfords for casual days. Black brogues work best with a suit, but don’t get carried away and wear them to a black tie event. When shopping for oxfords, remember as a general rule that the more brogues the shoe has, the less formal it will be.
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2. Suede Chukka
Chukkas have regained popularity in recent years, first becoming popular in the 1940s. The shoe is a minimal, round-toed, ankle-high boot with only two or three lacing eyelets. Traditionally with just two panels, the style isn’t big on embellishments. Reject overdone trim, a pair of suede chukkas let the texture of the shoe do the talking. Opt for a pair of beige or cream suede chukkas as the next addition to your wardrobe. These shoes find themselves at a more casual end of the pool, offering a stylish alternative to sneakers. Combine chukkas with jeans or chinos and a polo shirt for the perfect look. They also give you a safe option to dress down an outfit that was threatening to get too formal with brogues. By combining a pair of chukkas with a sports jacket, you can make your outfit more approachable.
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3. Leather Boot
The great thing about a leather boot is that with continued wear the shoe begins to tell a story. A pair of leather lace-up boots is a must-have addition to every man’s winter wardrobe. Opt for an ankle boot, black or dark brown, and flip your pants for a laid-back, more edgy aesthetic. You can also pull your pants over the top of the boots for a more conservative look. Invest in a quality pair and they will last you for years.
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4. White Low Trainer
If you opt for a more casual look, you can’t miss a simple pair of white low-top sneakers. Although we will never condone the high end ‘sneans’ that have been popularized by dads all over the world. White low shoes are perfect with black jeans for a monochromatic look. A minimal pair of white trainers is fantastic for portraying a casual yet polished look when boots or chukkas are too much.
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Of Scandinavian origin, the moccasin became the dress style of the preppy culture and is now a clean shoe style. Low and laceless, loafers are a mainstay of smart casual attire and are a favorite shoe style for the summer months. A pair of brown loafers will suit a range of palettes and suit both casual and formal looks. Navy is also a good color to complement tones like white, beige, and green. If you are looking for a pair of loafers to suit neutrals, beige will work well and complement tanned skin.
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The Oxford is characterized by its closed lacing unlike the open lacing system of the derby. The design was originally a plain leather shoe, but over the years it has evolved and now includes a wide range of fabrics and details. Most men already own a good pair of black Oxfords that they wear for more formal occasions; however, this shoe also looks great in a beige color for casual events.
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A pair of comfortable yet stylish running sneakers is a must-have for every wardrobe. Although running sneakers are designed to feel good rather than look good, we have some tips for choosing the right pair. For more versatility, choose a style with minimal branding. Bright colors also work well for a statement street look. White sneakers will appear battered and bruised within a few weeks, so a good shoe care routine will need to be in order.
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What are the best dress shoes for men?
When it comes to formal dress shoes for men, you’ll want to invest in a pair of oxfords, oxfords, derbies or buckled shoes, preferably in high shine leather. If you’re looking for dress boots for men, Chelsea boots, lace-ups, and chukkas are all great options that work with a range of outfits. Finally, loafers and sandals are excellent choices for less formal occasions.
How should men take care of dress shoes?
The first step is to remember that prevention is better than cure. As such, store your shoes out of the weather and be sure to waterproof them regularly. If your shoes are leather, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth, then a good shoe shine once a month will keep them clean and cover up any damage. The more formal the shoe, the more important this is. Suede shoes need regular brushing with a suede brush to get rid of dirt and invigorate the nap. During this time, canvas shoes can be cleaned with a 1:2 ratio of baking soda to white vinegar and a toothbrush.
How many dress shoes does a man need?
There are seven types of shoes that every man should have in his wardrobe. When it comes to dress shoes, a pair of black oxfords and brown oxfords will have you covered for the majority of formal and business occasions. A little less formal, a pair of suede chukkas in a neutral tone like tan, and ankle boots, whether lace-up or Chelsea, will suit more casual, yet still dressy needs. Finally, to meet your informal requirements, invest in a pair of loafers, white low-top sneakers and running sneakers. However, if you’re an avid runner, it’s a good idea to have two pairs of runners – one for exercise and one for fashion.
What are the highest quality men’s shoes?
Good quality shoes don’t have to be expensive, but they don’t have to be too cheap either. When looking at leather shoes, you want to go for full-grain leather when you can because it’s the most durable. Another thing to look for is that the shoe is sewn to the sole and not glued. Goodyear-stitched shoes are the best option, while glued shoes fall apart faster. When it comes to running shoes, long-established brands like Nike and Adidas have a good reputation for a reason. You can also check reviews of different styles to get feedback on how they are doing.
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