Flawed or flawless - A man's shoe has for centuries been used to determine the quality of their character and their standing amongst the community. While less explicit in today's society, we still place a large emphasis on fashionable footwear being worn right.
Whether you're gearing up for the work week, strolling along the boardwalk or painting the town various shades of red, we've composed a brief breakdown of the 6 essential styles every man needs and when to wear them:
Workaholics: Work friendly footwear
With the rise of casualisation in the workforce, the already blurry line between what is and isn't socially acceptable for office footwear has become increasingly difficult to detect.
Standoff awkward comments at the water cooler and deck yourself out in a simple pair of Oxfords, Derbys or a minimalist Brogue. Showcase you penchant for pairing and keep blue and lighter spectrum suiting with brown and earthy tones. Black or charcoal suits shine most when matched with a polished pair of black leather oxfords.
If your colleagues aren't much for conservative dress, step up your shoe game with a strong statement shoe, like the Double Monk. The double buckle feature and wrap around tongue make for a more contemporary design, giving a twinkle to your toe-line.
Patent Pending: Formal footwear with all the frills
In most instances, formal footwear is pretty cut and dry - black lace ups with little to no broguing.
Pay attention to detail and be sure to give your footwear a thorough clean and polish before any big event. Nothing is as glaring obviously and trips as many men up as a pair of scuffed shoes.
For Black Tie bonanzas, a pair of patent leather shoes will anchor your style in a traditionally tailored look.
Beachcombing Best: What to wear when it's hot
Summer centric styles should play to a more relaxed feel, dropping heavy duty boots and brogues for lightweight lace-ups and suave slip-ons.
While Birkenstocks and Thongs may be great for lounging in the sun, anything more than simple stroll can quickly turn your feet into a battleground of bumps and blisters. Support your arches and your beachside style by investing in a pair of tanned Derbys. Wear with anklet or no socks to keep the summer vibe going strong.
No longer just a thing for lounging around, loafers have slipped back into vogue, giving many men the opportunity to have a bit more fun with their footwear.
Urban Bootcamp: Footwear that stands the test
Despite its name, the Desert Boot has become such a part of metropolitan life, it's hard to walk down the street without spotting suede, leather and even canvas varients.
A key piece for casual combinations, the Desert Boot takes some of the best elements from all shoes, with a roomy silhouette, easy lace-up design and durable frame - just 'Chukka' them on with a fresh pair of chinos and you're good to roll.
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