Shoes are among the best accessories of men’s fashion. With the evolution of men’s fashion there are but one too many options available for men’s shoes. And with increasing awareness, to commit a shoe fashion faux pas is only that much more difficult!
So that you don’t come across as a ‘shoe virgin’, we bring to you the Men’s Shoes Buying Guide. This one will definitely help you put your best foot forward!
They have low-heels, toecaps and are almost like boots. Practically every type of brogue has shoelaces but they are not termed as ‘closed shoes’ since they technically fall under the slip-on category. The toe-caps are available in 4 styles which give Brogues their distinct look & feel.
- The wingtips
These shoes are characterised by a pointed toecap. The extensions begin from the toe, run along both sides of the foot and stop just at the ball of the foot.
- The longwings
Like wingtips, longwings also have pointed toecaps. However, the wings or extensions begin from the toe, go right up to the heel and end just before the heel begins.
Semi-brogues are characterised by pointed toecaps, the sears run only along the toecaps and have tiny perforations in the centre.
- Quarter broguesform
These also have a sear along the toecap. Just like with the others the toecap is pointed, however, quarter brogues do not have any perforations.
Dress boots are a form of short leather boots worn for formal occasions. They have raised and pointed toecaps and they end just above the ankles. Formal dress boots can be worn only during the day, whereas outdoor boots can be worn as formal + informal wear anytime of the day. Outdoor boots concentrate more on comfort and less on elegance as compared to formal shoes. While the main shoe covering the foot is made of strong leather, the rest from the heel upwards is made of softer materials like suede.
Monk strap shoes do not have any lacing; they simply use a strap and a buckle and are hence called ‘monk strap’. These are the most common and popular type of shoe in the semi-formal category. The most common shoe material used to make monk straps is suede.
Canvas shoes, also known as sneakers are the most comfortable, walk-friendly shoes which we all have been wearing since our school days. No kidding! These are so comfortable that they make running/walking a pleasure & an adrenaline rush. While some maybe simple slip-ons, most of the times canvas shoes have laces which when tied definitely give a better grip.
Flip-flops, commonly known as slippers, are open-toed and have no back strap. While some may find these unfavourable since they neither take the shape of your foot nor do they grasp the foot securely, a whole lot of men find these apt for casual, no issue wear. Basically, flip-flops are out for a stroll or headed down for an ice-cream type of footwear.
Floaters are a good option for those who don’t like flip-flops. With velcro or buckle straps ahead floaters also have a back strap and are open toed to prevent cramps. All these design features make walking long distances in floaters a pleasant experience. In short, floaters are your all-weather comfort confidants.
Sport shoes are a workout wonder for all those who enjoy outdoor games and/or a regular workout! With good amount of sole padding, air pockets that provide oxygen to your feet as you run, a body of thick mesh material and a large width, sport shoes are just the thing for fitness freaks. They include lace closures which grip the foot and rubber soles which grip the ground firmly as you run. Seriously, there’s no reason as to why you mustn’t buy sports shoes.
Some handy tips:
- Never wear socks with floaters or loafers.
- Have at least 1 pair of dress boots that are suitable for every occasion
- As your suit gets darker, your shoes should too!
- Your shoes should always match your belt.
- When buying sport shoes, consider your shoe size after putting on a pair of socks
- A lot of people have one foot larger than the other, so make it a point to try out the shoes on the larger foot.
Lastly, remember it’s not always about the style, most of the times it’s simply about comfort. Wear what makes your feet happy, and style is sure to follow!
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