They can make or break an outfit.
Designer Hardy Amies once remarked, ‚ÄúIt is impossible to be well dressed in cheap shoes.‚Äù
Shoes are arguably the most important investment a man can make in his closet.
The average man owns at least 10 pairs of shoes.
Truth is, you only need a pair of black cap toe leather oxfords for¬†formal occasions, brogues for¬†everyday use, dress boots for¬†less formal occasions, loafers for¬†casual days/weekends¬†and¬†a¬†wildcard pair of your choice¬†to upgrade your shoe game.
All you need is stylish versions of these 5 timeless and classic shoe styles in your quest to build a versatile shoe wardrobe.
#1. Balmoral Oxford Dark ‚Äì The Black Leather Oxford¬†
Black cap toe oxfords are the first shoe you should start with.
The sleek simplicity makes the Oxford¬†the perfect choice for formal occasions.
A¬†pair of formal black oxfords will carry you through the most formal of events ‚Äì black tie, weddings and job interviews.
The difference between an Oxford and a Derby is the closed lacing system ‚Äì the bottom of an Oxford shoe‚Äôs lacing section is sewn closed.
The shoes should be made of¬†box calf leather¬†and¬†it should not have any broguing. Oxfords are the best worn with business suits and professional attire, but not suitable for casual occasions with jeans or khakis.
Keep in mind that the Oxford is a dress shoe ‚Äì purchase a pair with leather soles and be sure to shine your Oxfords thoroughly to prevent them from dulling.
Whether you are wearing a tux to a black-tie event or a business suit, these minimal shoes will complement and add a dose of formality to your attire.
#2. Brogue ‚Äì The Brown Leather Brogue
#3 ‚Äì Slip On (Loafer Or Monk) ‚Äì The Suede Loafer
Moving down the formality scale, a loafer is a slightly more casual shoe.¬†The laceless silhouette features an elegant design that makes the loafer a highly versatile style, right after a leather brogue.
#4 – The Leather Lace-Up / Slip-On Boot
If you have already secured yourself a quality¬†pair of oxfords, brogues and loafers, the next pair of shoes in line to complete your shoe selection is a pair of leather dress boots.
- Leather Brogue Boots:¬†This is a boot that works with suit trousers as well as with jeans. Wear them for a dressier take on rugged.
- Lace-up leather boots:¬†Crepe-soled¬†desert boots¬†are a¬†popular option but they add a casual touch to your outfit.
- Chelsea boots:¬†The¬†Chelsea¬†is a slip-on style, like the loafer, with an elastic ankle that makes them flexible and comfortable.¬†These are the perfect boots for a day at the office that extends into a night out on the town.
Leather boots can be teamed up equally well with tailored jackets during the work week as with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt at the weekend.
A pair of rugged leather lace-up boots, ideally with rubber soles will keep you sure-footed in rough weather.
#5 – Wholecut Leather Shoes
There is no set formula to build the perfect shoe collection.
These 5 shoes styles purchased in the order mentioned above will, however, meet all your shoe needs for most occasions.