The ability to present a polished appearance is a valuable life skill that every gentleman should possess. Whether you’re dressing for a job interview, a formal event, or even a date, looking the part is essential for success. While your clothes are an important part of how you present yourself, your shoes are equally so.
Have you ever wondered what women notice about you when they meet you? Spoiler alert: it’s your shoes. That’s because your shoes reveal a lot about your personality, and the right shoes for the right occasion exude confidence.
We’ve compiled a list of the best men’s dress shoes that every man should have.
Everyone regardless of gender needs a sneaker they can wear for either a quick trip to the grocery store or a night on the town. For a relaxed weekend, they’re the perfect footwear to pair with jeans and a t-shirt. Go for lighter, neutral colors and lower cuts if you want the focus to be on your outfit, or make a plain outfit pop with dark high tops against light-wash denim.
#2: DRESS SHOES | OXFORD, DERBY & BROGUE
Whether you’re going to a job interview or a business meeting, your choice of formal footwear is critical. Oxfords in deep black or dark brown, Double Monk Straps, or Derbys are obvious choices.
Oxford shoes are distinguished by their low heel and closed lacing system. And it’s the latter that gives them their peculiar yet classy appearance.
They come in a variety of styles and colors, and they’re ideal for office wear, black tie (the less detailed versions), and smart-casual occasions. When you need to look respectable, the Oxford should be your go-to shoe.
Derbys with just the right amount of toe point and block heel. But other than small, unique statements in your dress shoes, sometimes blending in is the better choice. Be mindful of matching suit color with the shade of your shoes, whether they are dark brown or black
Opt for dark brown brogues for formal occasions and lighter brogues for casual days. Black brogues work best with a suit but don’t get carried away and wear them to a black tie event. When buying brogues remember as a rule of thumb, the more broguing on the shoe, the less formal it is.
#3. THE LOAFER
Loafers are the signature slip-on shoes of adulthood.
They’re a solid mix of high-end style, with that low-key desire to have a fun time.
#4: ATHLETIC/RUNNING SHOES
Running shoes are not only essential for any man who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle, but they can also fit in your life in the same way that casual sneakers can.
The right running shoes can complete a casual, daytime outfit just as well as Old School style Vans, and can even help you achieve the cool, slick, and effortless athleisure style that’s so trendy right now.
Investing in the perfect pair of running shoes will allow you to seamlessly transition from a jog or grind at the gym to a weekend afternoon excursion, from a demanding nature hike to a beachside brunch. And while comfort and quality should be the highest priority for your choice in athletic footwear, fortunately, these days, you hardly have to compromise quality for style.
#5: BOOTS – CHELSEA BOOT, DRESS BOOT, AND CASUAL WORK BOOT, LEATHER BOOT
Last but not least, every man needs a good pair of boots. They’re a style essential for chillier days in any region, not to mention for inevitable travels to colder places.
- leather boots:
The great thing about a leather boot is that, once you wear it begins to tell a story . Every man’s wardrobe should include a pair of leather lace-up boots. Choose an ankle-high, black, or dark brown boot and cuff your pants for a more casual, edgy look. For a more conservative look, pull your trousers over the top of the boots. If you buy a good pair, they will last you for years.
- Chelsea boots:
Chelsea boots are popular for their versatility: they can be worn as part of formal or casual outfits, whether with jeans or suits. Chelsea boots complement virtually all outfits and can be paired with most clothes without clashing or appearing uncoordinated.
- The service boots:
Do you want to project the image of a tough guy? You do, of course. Service boots have an antique appearance because they are based on military boots worn by service members (hence the name, service boots).
However, just because they appear old-fashioned does not mean they are out of style. Far from it: these types of boots are currently popular, and here are the best of the best.
- Dress boots:
Built like dress shoes, but with uppers covering the ankle, versions of the boots are used as an alternative to these in bad weather or rough outdoor situation, and as a traditional option for day time formalwear.
- The Chukka Boots
Chukka boots are simple in design and can range from ultra-casual to dressy and formal.
Take a quick inventory of what your wardrobe requires before deciding on a chukka.
If you work in a business-casual setting, then a more formal, sleek chukka is your best bet.
Finally, when it comes to formal men’s dress shoes, invest in a pair of Oxfords, brogues, Derbys, or monk strap shoes, preferably in a high-shine leather. If you’re looking for men’s dress boots, Chelsea boots, lace-ups, and chukkas are all excellent choices that go with a variety of outfits. Finally, loafers and sandals are both great options for less formal occasions.