I’m often asked if there is one shoe they could buy that could be worn with jeans on the weekend, casual Friday’s, a suit, and in bad weather. The answer is “NO”, that magic shoe does not exist. Fellas, it’s ok to have more that one pair of shoes for lots of reasons. The more you have, the longer they last. At the very least these are the 5 shoes every man should own. Keep in mind this doesn’t include your gym/running shoes, golf shoes, hiking shoes, winter boots, etc.
I’m a shoe guy so coming up with 5 was difficult for me so I wrote another post with some additional options. Keep in mind the first 5 options can be interchanged based on color or style preference. Here we go from left to right:
1. The Chelsea Boot – This is a great addition to every closet. It’s a slip on dress boot that you can wear with everything from jeans to a suit. They are easy to get on an off for those who travel, and you can find waterproof options that allow you to get to the office and about town in rain or snow while still looking your best.
3. The Casual Oxford – Stop wearing your running shoes on the weekend with your jeans! Step up your style with something like this Cole Haan Lunar Grand Wing tip. It has the feel of a running shoe but much more stylish. There are a ton of cool options in men’s footwear these days so there is no excuse for not finding something great. Don’t be afraid to get out your box and pick up something with a colored sole or laces. If your job is casual you can also wear these to work.
5. The Vintage Running Shoe – If you are going to wear a sneaker on the weekend it should be cool. Leave your half marathon shoe in closet.