Many things in life are superfluous; like a gold studded iPad case or a skull-handled umbrella. Some things are an absolute must though, and, as many would consider them the most important part of an outfit, shoes undoubtedly fall into this category. It’s therefore essential to spend considerable time deciding which styles should always have a place in your rotation.
Some things are an absolute must, and, as many would consider them the most important part of an outfit, a pair of fine shoes undoubtedly fall into this category. It’s therefore essential to spend considerable time deciding which styles should always have a place in your rotation. The following five styles should form the basis of your collection and, due to their versatility, they’ll ensure you’re prepared for any social situation. So, whether you’re heading to the boardroom or the bar, you’ll be ready.
The brogue represents the ultimate in flexibility and has, over time, become the go-to for gents who want a shoe they can wear for a multitude of occasions. Originally created for functional purposes – holes were punched in the leather to allow water to seep out – brogues are now considered a stylish essential and as such this should be one of the first shoes on your radar. We love these because of the chunky, stacked wooden sole and understated pebble-grain leather.
There’s something about loafers that is just so effortless. Maybe it’s the fact that they have no laces and can be easily slipped on or off, or the clean, unfussy silhouette that screams nonchalance. Opt for a tassel version to add an element of dandiness to your outfit or go for a penny loafer for a classic preppy twist. We love these because of the rich oxblood patent finish.
These will be your Monday to Friday workhorses. Opt for a leather-soled black pair with a cap toe and they’ll finish off just about any suit with aplomb. Invest in some good polish though as these bad boys are at their best with a mirror finish. We love these for of their simple, double-stitched detailing.
We’re not talking about loud, colourful trainers that shout out for attention at any opportunity. Instead, go for a simple white or black design with minimal detailing and your look will be on point, whether you choose to pair them with selvedge denim and a crisp white t-shirt or an unstructured cotton suit on dress down Friday. We love these because of their thick sole and wipe-clean leather finish.
Again, there are an infinite number of options here, depending on whether you want to fall on the casual or formal side of the spectrum. For a more laid back look, desert boots are your best bet, particularly in a brown suede or waxed leather. To smarten it up, Chelsea boots are a great option and with their smooth lines and rock ‘n’ roll connotations, they offer a great alternative to oxfords. We love these for their high quality suede and durable crepe sole.