Demystifying Men’s Footwear!

We’re not suggesting that anyone reading this blog post is guilty of shoe crimes but the fact is, a lot of guys do get it wrong when it comes to footwear and often end up ruining a perfectly good outfit with inappropriate or badly thought out shoes. Unless you’re in a casual environment, trainers just don’t work in the office whilst thin soled leather shoes are best worn with suits and left in the wardrobe at the weekend.

Unfortunately for all you shopping-aphobes there is no one shoe that goes with every outfit, so to try and clear up the confusion we’re going to take a look at how to dress your feet for both the 9 to 5 and for the weekend.

socks and sandals

This is a No-No, for the Record.

Whatever type of shoe you’re wearing (assuming it’s not a trainer) the general rule of thumb is to keep the soles thinner for the office and chunkier at the weekend. Shoes like Oxfords, loafers, Derbies, wing tips and shoes with a monk’s strap all work equally well whether they’re worn with a smart suit or your jeans but for a smarter look, go streamlined and when you’re kicking back on a Saturday or Sunday you can up the rugged factor.

If you’re wearing a shoe with a monk strap or a penny loafer, the rule applies here too; keep the strap across the front (and the buckles) slimmer and smarter for a sharper appearance and go chunky if you’re rocking them with denim, cords, chinos or khakis.

You can get away with a boot in the office, but keep it black, thin soled and always make sure it’s shiny. Work boots and desert boots are both great and this season the humble desert boot is making somewhat of a comeback on the men’s fashion scene and is being produced by many designers in some unique colour ways, however save them for your down time.

Oxford Shoes for Men

Much Better – a Smart Pair of Oxfords

Converse are all well and good when you’re hanging out in jeans and t-shirts, but sorry guys, the fact is, if you care about your appearance you’re going to need to own more than one pair of shoes, especially if you want to create a good impression in the workplace. Shopping for men’s tees or a new pair of jeans may be just about acceptable whilst shoe shopping might rank on your list of enjoyable activities alongside visiting your other half’s parents and doing the ironing but as any dapper man about town will tell you, the devil is in the details!

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