It’s a well-known fact that shoes are everyone’s best friend. But in the case of men, shoes do not only make their outfits pop, but can say a lot about the wearer.
The modish male shoe game must be impeccable in both choice and grooming, hence the importance of gaining the necessary knowledge needed. Whether you are headed to a fortune500 meeting, gym or hanging out with friends, your kicks should fit the occasion as perception is often the key to unplanned opportunities.
Below are some shoe essentials for every season carefully curated for your style pleasure by Stitch Fix.
The Brogue Boot
The perfect choice for the dapper chap, the Brogue was originally made in Scotland and Ireland in the late 19th century. Since then, the style has evolved from a farmer’s functional shoe (complete with holes to drain water when sloshing through wetlands) to a modern fashion staple. We love the plush suede, hip side zips, and decorative perforations. Take these to the street, the office, happy hour. Just skip the bog.
Sneakers are the slippers of our time. White canvas tennis shoes work great with just about any casual outfit, including skinny jeans and joggers. Whether you’re running laps or running for coffee, sneaks are your sole mate.
The Classic Oxford
When most men think ‘dress shoe,’ it’s the Oxford that comes to mind. With its English pedigree and sleek silhouette, the Oxford is found more often in boardrooms than barrooms. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t wear it for a less formal occasion. You can wear it with a casual pair of pants (dark-wash jeans or chinos) and a knit sweater to balance the dressier vibe.
The Weekend Loafers
Loafers are simple slip-on shoes, designed without laces to trip you up. Ideal for loafing around town, around the house, even around a yacht if you’re so inclined. Favored for their sturdy construction, clean, classic lines and Ivy League vibe, loafers pair easily with casual shorts, jeans and chinos.
A rip- off of the desert boot, the Chukka hits the smart-casual sweet spot. The neutral shades work equally well with both jeans and chinos. For something a bit more adventurous, try a dark hue or bold colour.
The Hiker Boot
Taking a page from the more rugged hiking boot made for tackling trails, the hiker boot boasts soft leather uppers, cushioned soles and stylish stitching. In essence, an elevated version that pairs nicely with a more casual, outdoorsy outfit (Think denim vest layered over a fleece hoodie).