Every year, we all ask ourselves the same question; what shoes am I going to wear? There are so many events that all need different types and styles of shoes; receptions, casual coffee’s, formal drink – the list is endless. And when considering you shoe choices for the year, on question that should be at the top of the list is: what kind of material should they be?
Fake leather shoes (otherwise known a pleather, aka plastic leather) can be clammy, they brake easily and you don’t want wet feet when the heavens rain down. Real leather is the way forward when it comes to a lasting shoe. It breathes, it can be made waterproof and by using the right protection and conditioning, it can be in perfect condition for years to come – what I call an ‘Imperative Investment’.
All the cool men’s shoes above can be purchased from House of Fraser.
Going out shoes
For nights when your casually sipping cocktails, pair number 1 fits the bill. Classy, slightly vintage-looking and in a dark blue colour, makes this shoe perfect for that smart-casual image. We advise that you pair them with a tweed blazer and some dark jeans – you’ll be rocking at the bar.
If you are more of the sporty type or are just running a few errands for the day, then a good pair of trainers is essential. The wrong type of trainers could give you both back and knee pain. If you are planning a hiking trip or even a city weekend abroad, which may include lots of shopping and sightseeing some walking trainers could be a life saver.
The casual pair should be comfortable everyday shoes; converse never go out of fashion and can be worn with so many outfits!
A pair of nice black formal shoes is a good investment, if the dress code at work is smart this would be your most commonly used shoes, and it might be worth getting an extra pair for the more formal events such as weddings and client meetings. The pair shown in window 4, are a nice formal shoe with a fun twist in the combination of Suede and shiny leather. Formal doesn’t have to be boring!
Slippers are highly underrated! A pair made with sheep wool, will have you melting into your couch -plus they will keep you warm during the cold winter nights!
Every male should own a good ol’ pair of boots. First of all when the temperature starts to drop, your converse might not cut it when it comes to keeping you warm. A pair of leather boots with a thick sole would keep you warm and dry during the winter and rainy seasons. Tall black or brown boots are also timeless, and if you invest in some particularly nice ones, you don’t have to worry about buying another pair for years to come.