Men’s fashion might often feel like an ever-changing carousel of what’s hot, what’s not, and what might be hot come Autumn/Winter 2032, but our edit of the essential shoes every man should own will have you covered.
From formal events, low-key weekends and that thing called ‘smart casual’, you can put your best foot forward with confidence.
Every man should own a simple, fuss-free pair of dress shoes. Ditch the frills and excessive details and stick to something classic, like this pair from Loake’s. Low-key but still exceptionally smart, these will look equally good worn to a wedding as they would in the office.
A handsome pair of shoes in tan brown leather are ideal for wearing with grey or navy suits, but they’re also the perfect footwear for dates, meetings and semi-formal occasions when you need to make a good first impression. Try these from Grenson.
The perforations on the brogue were once more than decorative – holes were punched in to the water to allow water drain off if the wearer happened to be wading through a bog. While brogues are no longer worn for any swamp-related pursuits, ones like these from Ted Baker are still good for pretty much every other occasion, making them a solid investment for your wardrobe.
A Proper Pair Of Winter Boots
For the colder months, an essential part of any wardrobe is a good pair of boots. To eschew the lumberjack vibe, opt for a pair with a slim silhouette that you can wear with a shirt and jeans, like these ones from Palladium, and they’ll serve you well whether you’re scaling The Great Outdoors or just walking the dog.
Suede Desert Chukka Boots
A low-cut ankle boot in soft suede blurs the lines between smart and casual. A pair like these ones from Grenson help make a t-shirt and chinos a little dressier but will also give a nonchalant, modish look to a button-up shirt and dark jeans.
Once the preserve of yachting enthusiasts and anyone living in Chelsea, deck shoes have broken out to become a warm-weather staple even if you plan to remain on dry land. Perfect when you need something smarter than a pair of trainers. Go for something a bit different than your usual browns and tans with these grey suede ones from Armani.
Timeless Trainers: Plain White
If in doubt, buy it in white. Solid advice for trainers, shirts and pocket squares, less solid advice for denim, tuxedos or wristwear, but these low-cut Paul Smith trainers are a safe (and, more importantly) stylish choice.
Timeless Trainers: Converse
A good pair of trainers shouldn’t date, so stick with the standard colour palette avoiding zany colours, patterns or styles and stick to something classic when it comes to picking your kicks. Converse are comfortable, relatively grown up and this navy/white pair will look great with everything.