Men’s shoes can be quite the conundrum
Every occasion calls for a different piece from your wardrobe, which is why it’s essential to have the basics in your closet. But while women have countless options to choose from, the men’s corner of a shop is usually just that—a small corner.
Despite its size, however, it can get a little difficult to find your way around, especially when you have a special little something in mind. Fear not, gents, there is an easy way to pick out what men’s shoes to wear to different occasions.
Weddings (or other formal occasions)
Granted that weddings have varying levels of formality nowadays, it’s still always best to overdress rather than underdress. So unless it’s at a beach or on top of a mountain, why not bring out the big guns?
Key words: Formal, leather, dark colored, polished
Safe bets: Oxford, Brogue/Derby
That said, cocktails are the still-dressy-but-not-completely-formal events of our social calendars. So if weddings call out for the big guns, cocktail hours are for that balance of comfort and stylish.
Key words: Sleek, leather, chic
Safe bet: Derby, Monk
Rule of thumb for job interviews, presentations or anything else you need to put your best foot forward on: Dress to impress; people look at you (and judge you) shoe-first.
Key words: Leather, durable, comfortable
Safe bets: Oxford,Derby
Unless you’re making big money, you probably aren’t that willing to cover the cost for extra luggage space (or a bigger car). So the trick when it comes to footwear while on the open road or on a plane is to stick to basics that you can re-wear and last in.
Key words: Comfortable, durable, versatile
Safe bets: Sneakers, Boat Shoes, Boots
Don’t let anyone tell you different: Date nights should be special no matter how long you guys have been together. Sure, not every date night can be extraordinary, but do fix yourself up once in a while.
Key words: Unique, activity-appropriate, modest
Safe bets: Sneakers, Penny Loafers, Boots
Different occasion, different footwear. We’re all about being yourself and wearing what makes you look and feel like you, but there’s merit in understanding a room, too. There’s a time and place for everything, isn’t there?
Art Alexandra Lara