A man’s shoes say a lot about him and his character. They are more than a fashion statement. Your collection doesn’t have to be vast and full of all possible styles, but having a few key styles will ensure you are ready and looking good for any occasion.
Here are our 5 essential picks that we think are must-haves for your wardrobe:
- Oxford: Every man should own at least one pair of Oxfords. With its closed facings and elegant, refined profile, this style perfectly complements a dark tailored suit. Their conservative, yet assured silhouette is perfect for a wedding, formal occasion, or your next board meeting.
- Chelsea Boots: Who doesn’t love a pair of Chelsea boots? With its clean lines, slim profile, and relaxed fit, we don’t believe that the Chelsea boot will ever go out of style. They evoke the modish cut of the 1960s and work just as well worn with a suit as they do slim denim jeans, their appeal is faultless.
- Brogues: Did you know the punching detail on Brogues was originally crafted to drain water from shoes and boots as men trekked across the moors of Scotland? The brogue has come a long way since then but the punching detail is still central to its identity and timeless design. With such a rich history, the style has seen a number of variations including the semi, quarter, and longwing brogue.
- Loafers: De rigueur design for the British dandy, Italian aesthete, or American Ivy League devotees, Loafers are remarkably versatile. It’s hard to think of another pair of shoes one could wear with a suit to the office, jeans when in town, or a pair of chinos on the harbor.
- Derby: A timeless style, Derbies have a reputation for being both a great formal and casual shoe. Like all the best designs, the minimal construction stems from functionality with early Derby shoes made for country walks and nowadays adding a similar air of nonchalance to formal wear.
If looked after properly, a well-made pair of shoes will last for 15-20 years. How many styles of shoes do you own?