Top 5 must have men's shoes

by - 8/26/2015

Gentlemen, by now we agree on the fact that shoes are important, they matter, they need to be paid attention in order to draw attention! If you still don't agree, here's an article that you must read first - Shoes. Why do they matter?

So how many pair of shoes does a man need?

There is no magic number. It largely depends on personal preferences, lifestyle and age but below are the 5 shoes that can help you create a diverse shoe collection that covers every occasion.

1. Oxford/Blucher

Oxford shoes have stitched eyelets
Blucher (aka Derby) shoes have open eyelets
All of us need a pair of black dress shoe as a daily driver. An Oxford or Blucher/Derby can fix it up just fine. As far as styling goes, if experimenting is your cup of tea go with a cap toe or brogues to spice things up.

2. Chukka

Chukkas rise just enough to touch the ankle and generally have only 2 or 3 lace openings
Chukkas are perfectly versatile and you can pull them off on both formal and casual occasions. You can always bank on them whether you are wearing trousers, chinos or jeans. Suede ones tend to be more casual. Blend them in on a weekday when you are bored with the usual.

3. Sneakers

A must have for your casual outings
Sneakers are the number 1 go to shoes for casual Fridays. They can pair up with jeans, chinos, shorts and are easily available in bevy of colors. Go with a subtle shade as pairing them will be easier.

4. Slip Ons

Loafers/Moccasins - Also come in suede and bright colors

Boat Shoes - Usually have faux laces and a squarer tip
Tassel Loafers - Low cut, lace less and blurring the lines between formal and casual
The first shoes in the list that offers the comfort of not worrying about laces. Also known as loafers, moccasins and a ton of other names with slight styling variations. They also come in suede which are best reserved for casual wear. Men can be often seen pulling off the leather tassel loafers with formal wear these days.

5. Boots

The quintessential brown boots
Question - Which one of the four shoes above do you wear when you are going out riding your bike 50 kms or a short trip to the mountains? Which is the shoe you can go a little hard on and still be sure that they will be rock solid without a scuff?
Answer - NONE. This is where the boots come in. Nothing defines the word 'manly' more than boots and every man needs one for all the manly errands.

So which ones fit into your wardrobe and what are your 5 must have shoes?

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