Let's face it: if you're a guy, then you're probably not too clued up on shoes. You might have noticed that there are different kinds of footwear that come in all shapes and sizes. They might even come in different colours...
But beyond that, what do you know about shoes? Which pair should I wear to work? How do I match my suit with my men's boots?
The world of footwear is vast and mysterious—and if you don't know how to navigate it well, your wardrobe may start looking chaotic. To help out any men who find themselves lost in this mystery of footwear options, here are six types of shoes every man needs in his wardrobe.
Oxfords are a classic shoe. They're the most formal option you'll find—you don't see many people wearing Oxfords to the gym or on a weekend trip to the beach! But they're perfect for dressing up and work well with suits, blazers, and trousers. If you want to look sharp while still projecting that laid-back vibe, Oxfords are your best bet.
These shoes work well for any setting where you'll need something between casual and professional—think business lunches or dinner dates at upscale restaurants—and they come in every colour imaginable, so you can choose what matches your personality and your outfit best.
2. Ankle boots
If you're looking for a versatile shoe to work with casual and dressy outfits, ankle boots are a good option. They go well with jeans and chinos but will also boost your suit outfit.
Ankle boots are also great if you don't like wearing socks—they'll cover your ankles while letting some air in when it's warm. For these reasons, they're perfect for autumn to spring (and sometimes even summer).
Trainers are a great option for casual wear. They’re versatile and can be worn with just about anything. You can match them with shorts, jeans or even a suit to give it a more casual twist. Trainers are also comfortable and can be worn on long walks, so they’re great for travelling. With trainers, there is no need to worry about what socks you have on because they will look good no matter what!
4. Boat shoes
Boat shoes are a popular choice for men who want to dress up their look and are great for casual occasions. They typically come with a nautical theme and are usually made of canvas or leather. They can be worn with shorts or jeans, as well as t-shirts, button-ups and polos.
The key is to keep the boat shoe simple so that it doesn't overpower your outfit; however, you can also play around with colour by wearing brighter hues like reds or blues.
Loafers are slip-on shoes, but they’re more than just slippers. They often have a tassel on the front and are typically made of leather. Loafers can be worn casually for everyday wear or dressed up for special occasions.
Since loafers are comfortable and casual, they’re a great option for summer since you can easily slip them off when you want to go barefoot on hot pavement or sand. You can pair them with shorts, trousers, or chinos for an easygoing look that keeps you cool during warm weather.
The best summer shoe you can buy. They go with everything, are ridiculously comfortable, and don't need socks. You can even wear them in the water!
Other benefits of wearing sandals are that they're comfortable and easy to wear with shorts or swimming trunks. If you want to be more stylish, pair your sandals with jeans or khakis for a casual look during the summer months.
Now that you know about the many types of men's shoes, it's time to start building your collection. The right pair of footwear can help prevent some common foot conditions, not to mention ensure you are always comfortable when you're on your feet all day.
There are plenty of styles, colours and brands out there to choose from, so don't be afraid to test them all until you find something you love. You don't have to stick with one brand either; if they're comfortable enough for your feet, go for it.