Every man needs an amazing pair of shoes. “But, why?” one may ask. Well, did you know that shoes are one of the first things people notice about your outfit?
An amazing pair of shoes has the power to make ordinary outfits extraordinary, and by choosing the wrong pair of shoes, a potentially amazing outfit becomes a style mistake.
Yes, you get the point, shoes are very important.
There are so many things I love about shoes.
Having a killer pair of shoes just makes a better fashion statement than having an amazing pair of jeans or a great sports coat.
You only need a few pairs to get you covered for almost every occasion.
If you buy high-quality ones, they could last you a very long time (with proper care and maintenance, high-quality leather shoes can easily last you 7+ years).
So, what do I think are the 5 shoes every man should own?
Well, here we go.
5. A Pair Of White Sneakers
What’s so great about white sneakers?
Well, first of all, they’re very versatile. You can wear them with jeans, shorts, chinos, and if you’re bold enough, you can even wear them with the suit (not everyone is a fan of that combo, but, if done right it can look pretty good).
They’re very clean looking. There’s something great about clean, sparkling white pair of sneakers, they just bring freshness into your amazing outfit (much more so than a pair of gray ones, or white ones that are not so clean).
White sneakers are so damn easy to wear. You can dress them up or dress them down. They’re just so easy to pair.
You can wear them on a number of occasions. Hanging out with your friends, going to the beach, going out to grab a cup of coffee… You name it. They’re just perfect for any casual occasion.
4. Athletic sneakers
Just a pair of sneakers you wear when you hit the gym, or go jogging, or do any type of workout you prefer.
Any pair of training sneakers would do, but I prefer ones with good ankle support.
There’s really not much to it, buy a pair that suits your needs and start using them.
3. Casual shoes
Now, this is a very broad category.
Casual shoes can be any pair of shoes which is your personal favorite. It depends on many factors like your job, your age, your lifestyle, etc.
My suggestion would be something simple, but very cool and stylish. It’s going to be your “daily driver”, and it should go with both casual and business casual outfits.
I like to follow 2 simple rules when choosing a casual shoe:
It has to look good, and it has to be comfortable to wear (because you’ll be spending a lot of time wearing them).
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a great pair of sneakers or a pair of casual suede shoes, whatever works for you is a great choice.
In the pictures below you can see some of my recommendations, so, if you lack a great pair of casual shoes, or just want to get something new, I hope my suggestions will be helpful.
Nothing screams “BAD BOY” more than a stunning pair of leather boots.
They give you presence. Wearing them just makes a bold statement.
You have many options when it comes to boots, but my personal favorite are Chelsea boots. I know there’s much hype about them, and I believe it’s for a good reason – they are freaking amazing.
A good pair of Chelsea boots can be worn with a pair of jeans, with dress pants or even with a suit.
They also go great with a sports coat, leather jacket, and turtlenecks.
You just can’t go wrong with them.
My second suggestion would be a pair of chukka boots.
They are a more casual option but also a very good looking one.
Occasions you can wear them in can vary from straight up casual to business casual. Suede chukka boots are perfect for casual outfits, and leather chukkas are great for more formal situations.
1. Dress shoes
The very first place in my list of shoes every man needs goes to Dress shoes. Why?
Well, dress shoes are a must for every modern gentleman. They are made to compliment a great suit.
You have a few options when it comes to dress shoes, and no matter which one you chose, I GUARANTEE you’ll look amazing.
When buying, you need to consider the color as well as the shine. Keep in mind that you want at least one pair of black shoes and one pair of brown ones.
Dress shoes with a matte finish can be dressed down more easily.
Classic and beautiful. When it comes to formal occasions they are probably the safest choice.
Even though you could dress them down, I’m not really a huge fan of that just because I believe that other types of dress shoes look better when combined with a less formal outfit.
If you want to keep it safe and simple and still look amazing Oxfords are the way to go.
Oxford shoes are an amazing pick if you want to look like every other guy. If you, however, want something classier you might want to consider loafers. They look more modern, more upscale and more expensive. They are quite popular, but nowhere near as Oxfords.
Another plus when it comes to loafers is that they don’t just look great with a suit. You can dress them down more easily, and they look amazing with every single outfit. From business casual to straight up formal. They are almost perfect.
Sleek and beautiful. You can’t deny that they look way more interesting and unique than oxfords. I don’t know why aren’t they more common in men’s wardrobes. I don’t see a lot of men wearing them, and I think it’s a crime.
Every single man should have a pair of monk straps. You can wear them on every single occasion, dress them up, dress them down, suit, chinos, jeans. Oh my good. I just love them.
Next time you go shopping, buy a pair and see how people around you react. I bet everyone will love them.
Being the first thing people notice when they see you, a killer pair of shoes is definitely one of the most important pieces in your wardrobe. So, invest some time and money in finding nice, high-quality ones and give your image a boost it deserves.
Your confidence will thank you for it.