Women are infamous for having too many pairs of shoes. In fact, the fairer sex is so well-known for this particular phenomenon that entire plot points in movies and television shows have been created around it. Men, on the other hand, are more often stereotyped in the exact opposite way; that is, not giving two hoots about fashion in general, much less what they wear on their feet. This however, is not always the case. And if it is, it needs to be remedied—immediately. Footwear is important. Important to your comfort, overall look, and perhaps most critically, the impression you make on others. So, if your shoe game is lacking, it might be time to brush up on the basics. While many men certainly can, and do, own more than a handful of shoes, these five styles will provide a footwear foundation for a variety of looks, whether formal, casual, or somewhere in between.
The Chelsea Boot
This season, the classic Chelsea boot is back, and in a big way. The elasticised, pull-on design and clean lines make this a versatile and easy shoe to wear. Business Insider suggests pairing tan-hued Chelsea boots with khakis or jeans, while black styles work well with navy or grey dress pants.
Ideal for the office or an elegant evening out, loafers are the definition of luxe. Previously thought of as exclusively an older man’s shoe, this season’s fashion-forward styles have changed that by offering a variety of materials, colours, and designs that make them just as suited to the younger crowd. For a full range of the options available, browse through Lyst’s variety of men’s shoes. The sampling of loafers from different designers highlights the wide range of options for this particular style.
Every man needs at least one pair of sneakers. For a throwback vibe, consider adding high-tops to your shoe collection. Instead of opting for styles in bright colours, GQ suggests going with a simple white for a more subtle and classic finish.
Equally as polished as the loafer, brogues can be dressed up or down, depending on the rest of your outfit. For a relaxed look, opt for a rich suede style and pair them with slightly cuffed skinny jeans to show off the decorative detail of the shoe.
Desert Boots or Boat Shoes
When it comes down to it, the difference between desert boots and boat shoes is minor. Yes, it’s true, they are nearly opposite in style, design, and detail. But, they both work in many of the same settings and are appropriate for similar occasions. As Esquire writes, desert boots are more dressed up than a sneaker, but not as proper as hardbottoms. That makes them the ideal go-to option for a casual everyday outfit. The same is true of the laid-back boat shoe. If you live in a cold climate, opt for the desert boot; otherwise, go with the warm weather friendly boat shoe.