Shoes are a bit like everything else in a man’s wardrobe — less is often more. You don’t need 30 pairs of different styles in shoes — you just need a group of functional items that you will actually wear and make use of for different occasions.
So what kind of sensible shoes should every grown up man not be without? Here’s a few ideas — get these — take care of them and they’ll will keep you set for many years to come.
Some fashion designs are just timeless classics and this is one of them. The shoe probably evolved from the Oxonian Shoe which was a half boot that became popular at (appropriately) Oxford University around 1825. If you’re needing a shoe for the dressier moments in your life — these will work for you every time.
A smart pair of black cap-toe lace-ups should be one of the first choices to wear at the office with or without a suit. They will also serve you well for any type of fancy or formal occasion —weddings, funerals, or formal dinners are always on the horizon. These should be your go-to shoe of choice.
The Brogue (trivia: from the Old Irish word bróg) features a multiple-piece, sturdy leather upper with decorative perforations (or “broguing”) and serration. It originated in Ireland where shoes were constructed with perforations to allow water to drain from the shoes when crossing a bog.
Today the Brogue is a must have workhorse shoe for a man’s wardrobe — that pair with pretty much everything from jeans to a navy suit, and are appropriate for occasions from weddings, business meetings to dates.
Dressier than a pair of sneakers but not as formal as serious dress shoes, these lace-up boots feature a flat sole and a slight high-top over the ankle. Desert boots are a safe choice for a casual, everyday look, with a hint of class. They make you look like you didn’t just throw on the first pair of shoes you found: you thought about it first. Wear them with khakis or jeans at the office, or for a date or bar-hopping on a Friday and Saturday night.
Just get a pair of simple white sneakers in an uncomplicated, old-school style in a low-top cut. They’ll look amazing with jeans and keep you looking relaxed, casual and cool. Keep them clean and you can wear them anywhere. Small details such as material, color, or type of laces can set your sneakers apart from the next guy.
A man needs a good pair of leather boots. Perfect for the weekend, camping trips, working in the garage or simply wearing out on a wet day. Wear them with jeans when you just want to chill out and keep your feet warm. For times when sneakers or sensible shoes just won’t work.
The loafer’s a classic style that was inspired by the moccasin and now comes in a multitude of variations. Great if you’re after something that’s causal to wear but smarter than a pair of sneakers – it will always look sharp.