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Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions

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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

 

Oxford - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Florsheim Belfast Cap Toe Oxford

Hugo Boss - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Hugo Boss Leather Derby Shoes

 

Cocktails

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

 

New London - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Base London Rothko

Aldo - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Aldo Catallo

 

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Job interview

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

 

PabDer Oxford - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

PabDer Oxford

Kenneth Cole - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Kenneth Cole Weiser Derby

 

Road trip/Travel

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

 

Nike - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Nike Free RN

Sebago - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Sebago Men’s Spinnaker

Cole Haan - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Cole Haan Chelsea Boot

 

Date night

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

 

Adidas - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Adidas Stan Smith

Hush Puppies - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

Hush Puppies Loafers

Doc Marten - Men’s Shoes: What To Wear To Different Occasions | Wonder

DM Black Smooth Hardlife

 

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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

About The Author

Made of sarcasm and expletives. Did three years for an economics degree, rewarded myself with three years in the insurance biz. Entered this world as a freelance writer for entertainment and news, now making a living on movies, intimate interviews and the hush-hush of relationships.

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