As comfortable as your cowboy or mudguard boots are, you simply can’t wear them to everything. The fact is, owning a pair of dress shoes is a necessity, not a luxury. Learn more about men’s fashion shoes in the post below. When an opportunity comes, you want to know you have the right kicks for the occasion, right?
Men’s Fashion Shoes Guide | 7 Essential Footwear For Men
1. Oxford Shoes
A classic wardrobe staple, the Oxford is considered one of the most timeless dress shoes. These shoes are very versatile—apt for formal occasions but good for more casual gatherings, too. You can’t go wrong with a pair of Oxfords, with their defining design of closed lacing, low heel, and exposed ankle. You’ll look appropriate—maybe even stylish.
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Did you know that loafers were originally made to be the casual house slippers of England’s King George VI? Decades later, they are being one of the most essential footwear options for men. Loafers are slip-on shoes that work well with casual attire, so pull on some of your comfiest jeans, slip your feet into a pair of loafers, and you’re good to go.
3. Derby Shoes (AKA The Blucher)
Derbies were originally worn for hunting and sporting back in the 1850s. By the 20th century, society decided that this footwear can be donned in more formal, social situations. They go well with jeans and suits—a strong masculine look for the former, a sleeker, more dapper look with the latter.
4. Monk Straps
If its added panache you’re looking for, monk straps are perfect. Style-wise, they’re sort of in-between the Derbies and Oxfords. As the name suggests, yes, they were once worn by monks, and yes, they come with straps instead of laces. They look good with cuffed jeans and are also perfect with most suits.
5. Chelsea Boots
If there’s footwear that screams a style between confidence and rebellion, it’s the Chelsea boot. These mid-height boots lie somewhere in the center of the smart-casual spectrum. Chiseled Chelsea boots are better for suits than round toes. Round toes, on the other hand, suit casual styles or denim. If you happen to find one that works for both, you are a lucky man.
6. Leather Boots
A good pair of leather boots can last for about 5-10 years—definitely a reliable workhorse (especially during the winter) that makes a smart addition to your wardrobe. One of the most flexible and versatile leather boots you can buy is a 6″ boot in dark brown or classic tan without much embellishment. They’re great with chinos, khakis of most colors, and cords.
For more laid-back casual looks, tennis trainers with quality leather and good stitching inside and out can do wonders for your style. Most popular choices include smart-looking pristine white trainers and all-black sneakers. Be aware that bright white trainers tend to draw eyes, while darker colors easily fly under the radar.
Watch this video from Alpha M. below to know more about men’s footwear essentials:
Investing in a few versatile pairs of shoes that go well with various outfits and occasions is the smartest thing to do. You don’t really need a hundred pairs in your closet. Because let’s face it, men’s shoes can be really expensive—and why blow your hard-earned cash on something your feet are going to stink up anyway?
Which of the shoes mentioned is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!