10 Shoe Rules to Guide the Gentleman

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Confidence starts from within, yes. But to exude complete confidence, it all starts and ends with a great appearance. This is deeply punctuated by a pair of great shoes.

There are several shoe rules that exist. However, we have summarized the most important and compressed them into 10.

These should be your holy grail to help you nail that elegant gentleman look you always aim for;

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  • No matter the budget you set apart for your shoes, never compromise your feet comfort for style. Your feet should and must never suffer no matter the style you want. If you are in dire need of that particular style, you can always custom order from The Footwear Academy.

  • Your choice of sock colour should always compliment your shoes. Socks serve a pivotal role in fashion as they help to bridge your shoes and your trousers. Do not wear a contrasting shade of socks. Remember the rule; blend in not stand out!

  • No one likes dull faces right?  Your dress shoes should always be polished and looking great. So, never go out without shining your dull pair of shoes.

 

  • Brown oxfords are a must have in your shoe closet. As they go with almost anything. Don’t have one? Go get one!

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  • Socks and sandals never have and never will mix. Never opt for this dress style.

  • This rule borders on the colour of your shoes and suits.  You should wear shoes that are darker than your trousers. The darker your suit appears to be, the darker your shoes should be. This rule helps whatever look you intend to nail to be appropriate.

  • To nail that young at heart look and live of the party attitude, you need to own a pair of comfortable boots. They always come in handy when it is time to hang out with friends.

  • If you do not know how to polish your shoes, you need to learn. Tutorial videos and guides abound to help you. You can also hire the services of a professional shoe shiner to help you with this. When you meet people for the first time, they unconsciously look at your shoes; you should stand out right from your shoes.

  • Never wear flip-flops to work except you work on a beach. It doesn’t give off a good vibe to any who sees you.

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  • If you ever consider sandals as a choice of footwear, tend to your feet. If you can’t, ditch the sandals for something that would cover your feet up properly. No one likes to see gross feet in sandals.

 

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6 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes

Shoe laces are important shoe accessories. It can literally switch up your attire when knotted properly.

We’ve highlighted amazing shoe lace ideas.  Read on!

Sawtooth Style

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This style is suitable for sporting or military use. In both scenario, if injuries occur, the upper laces can be easily cut through. Other benefits of this style are; it’s easier to tighten and the fit can be modified.

The way to achieve this is;

  • Begin straight across on the outside and in through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left end runs straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.

    • The right end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside. Repeat with alternate ends until one end reaches the top left eyelet.

    • The remaining end runs straight up on the inside and out through the top right eyelet.

Zipper Style

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This style is well suited for climbing boots, skates, boots or any footwear that requires firm support. The benefits of this style are; it holds the shoe very firm as well as gives the shoe a decorative look. Here is how to achieve this style:

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.

    • Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.

Loop Back Style

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Do you have shoes with thick round laces? This shoelace style is excellent on them especially light colored laces on dark coloured shoes. The beauty of this style is the fact that the shoelaces loop back on themselves rather than simply cross over each other.

This style gives the shoe a decorative look. However, this shoelace style wears the shoelaces out and causes the center line to shift. How to achieve this style, read below;

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.

    • The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

    • Repeat until lacing is completed.

Ladder Style

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This style is suitable for high boots with many eyelets such as hiking boots. This style assures the wearer is stable while supporting the entire body weight. Here’s how to achieve this style;

  • Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  • Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  • Run the ends straight up the sides and through the next (higher) set of eyelets 
  • Run the ends straight across, but under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side 
  • Continue running straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets 
  • Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets

Bush Walk Style

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For even number of eyelet pairs on a shoe, this is the shoelace style to consider. It evens out the pressure on the feet and reduces sagging of shoes. If not done properly, the result could be a very messy look. These are the steps to achieve this look;

  • Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

    • The left (blue) end runs straight up on the outside, then straight across on the inside.

    • Both ends run straight up on the outside, each skipping one eyelet and feeding in two eyelets higher up.

    • Both ends continue straight across on the inside and out through the adjacent eyelets.

    • Alternate running up on the outside and across on the inside until the ends emerge through the top and second-from-top eyelets on the same side.

Double Back Style

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This shoelace is really stylish and holds the whole firmly. However, while trying to tighten, it can be terribly awkward. The good news is, different variations of the shoelaces, offer beautiful yet different looks on your feet. Here’s how to achieve this shoelace style;

• Begin straight across on the outside and in through the second-from-top set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the second-lower set of eyelets (skip past one set of eyelets).

• Continue down the shoe two sets of eyelets at a time.

• At the bottom, run each lace end vertically between the bottom and second-from-bottom eyelets.

• Double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing through the vacant sets of eyelets.

Now, you have 6 amazing styles to pick from. Let us know how helpful these styles were in the comment section of all our social media platforms.

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5 Must Have Shoe Accessories

Accessories are like vitamins to fashion (Anna Dello Russo) and they are the perfect way to add something special to finish your look.

Shoe accessories are the unseen, unforgettable and ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure at any event or function you step into. Good shoe accessories are important and are becoming more and more important as each day passes.

There are several shoe accessories but we have put together 5 Must Have Shoe Accessories. They are;

Shoe Insoles

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The insole of a shoe is the inner part of a shoe that runs from underneath the shoe. It provides support to the base of the feet.  Insoles are also known as footbeds and inner soles. They offer the user even weight distribution on the feet, they provide arch support and help the feet to absorb shock.

The improper care of the foot can lead to a wide range of complications but it’s interesting to know that all these can be avoided by using this pair of accessory. The pads are made of gel or foam. The choice to use any is highly dependent on you.

Shoe Clips

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These are basically used to provide beauty to certain kinds of shoes.  Either court shoes or pumps made of leather materials. It is a common practice for brides to add this piece of accessory to their bridal shoes.

The shoe clips are available in different styles and colours. The clips could be made of rhinestones or synthetic pearls. They can also be gotten from the nearest jewelry store or ordered from an online store.

Shoe Decoration Charms

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These come in different styles and bear different insignias. There are different shoe charms for different shoe types. There are shoe charms for sneakers, high heels, crocs and so much more.

Running shoes would look so boring if they don’t have shoe decoration charms. You and your partner can have matching shoe charms too to add a bit of love to your romance!

Shoe Laces

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These are available in different sizes and width and come in different colours. You can spruce up your feet outlook by tying these laces in unique and amazing styles. So, who  says you gotta stick to just black and white shoe laces?

You can go bold, you can go bright and you can go colourful!

Shoe Socks

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This is sometimes perceived by some to be a fashion item or a piece of clothing that is usually worn on the feet. Socks most times, cover the ankle or some part of the calf.

In this article, we are dealing with socks covering the ankles as they could be worn with dress shoes or sneakers. Socks made from materials such as wool offer insulation to the feet as well as absorb sweat produced from here. They are a must have and are available in myriad colours and patterns.

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5 Shoe Types to Wear to a Movie Premier

Welcome to April all ye shoe lovers! We hope you are as excited as we are about this month.

April holds a lot of goodies for all most especially for all DC and Marvel fans as the world wide release of blockbusters such as Shazam and Avengers: End Game would be happening.

Speaking of premiers, what exactly is a premier and why do people rave so much about it.

A premiere or première is the debut (first public presentation) of a play, film, dance, or musical composition. Here the creme de la creme of the movie industry are invited to come see the newest movie to be added to the industry’s archive . The cast and crew members of the movie too get to see the finished project they took on. It is usually a tuxedo event for the men and a gown event for the ladies and it depicts to the world the fashion prowess of an individual.

Over the years, the fashion rules have evolved most especially the shoe choices as more shoes have been found to be more red carpet worthy.

The idea behind a red carpet look is to look chic, look classy, elegant and at the same sophisticated. In all shoe choices, comfortability is key and these should reflect heavily in your choice.

This blog post is dedicated to all our movie lovers and those in the arts and it hopes to enlighten us all on the 5 shoe types to wear to a movie premier.

Let the red carpets roll!

  • Brogues

Although Brogues are of Scottish origins (thick Scottish brogue, aye!), they have soon turned out to be a red carpet favourite.

Brogues are great with suits and bring out the classic gentleman look. If you want to achieve that formal yet casual look, brogues are also an excellent choice.

To command that star-studded look on the red carpet, I recommend wearing a quarter brogue, preferably black, with the suit of your choice. At The Footwear Academy, we have an array of different designs and styles for brogues. Do take time out to check us out.

  • Pumps

We know that it’s an unwritten law for most ladies to wear heels on the red carpet. Pumps are great as they offer a sense of versatility to its users. So, you don’t have to be worried about wearing it only for events like a movie premier. They also offer tons of benefits to  you as they make one have a taller appearance which most times helps to boost one’s confidence. It also gives you a slimmer physique.

Have you gotten your pair of pumps for the next movie premier?

  • Monkstrap

This shoe is one with a lot history surrounding it. With deep ties to Europe, one can only conclude that you give off the air of royalty whenever you wear a pair of monk strap. Also known as monk shoes, this is a must have for every gentleman in his shoe dresser. The monk strap come in 2 different styles;

  • Single monk strap
  • Double monk strap

Both have the same effect on him who wears them. Wearing a stylish monk strap, sets you apart from the multitude attending the premier and it has the advantage of being a versatile pair of shoe too. So whether its a business meeting and a movie premier happening on that same day, monk strap got you covered.

  • Stiletto

These are much more higher in inches than pumps and come in different styles, designs and brands. This is a must see at the movie premier but only the brave can pull of wearing  very high stilettos.

They give shape to the calf muscles and also elongate the look of your legs to make you look leaner. This is  a must wear if you choose to wear a thigh high slit dress. Remember the trick to wearing comfortable stilettos are; to wear stilettos with adequate lift, shock absorbers and arch support for the feet. This would enable you enjoy the rest of the evening without having to stress your feet.

  • Oxford shoes

Although these are a must have for men in the finance sector, they can also be a showstopper at any red carpet event. This is because they are definitely a formal shoe, hence they readily offer the elegant look one seeks.

So, if you haven’t got any Oxfords yet, hit us up in the comments section below and you can be certain we would have one that suits you perfectly.

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