Contemporary society places a lot of emphasis on appearance; we all want to look our best. However, sometimes, it isn’t easy to know what looks good and what doesn’t. Here, we are going to look at footwear trends for men, as this is an area that can seem confusing to the uninitiated.
We hope that by reading this article, you will pick up a few tips about what’s hot and what’s not, by way of men’s footwear fashions. From espadrilles to brogues, you’ll find information to help you reach your true fashion potential.
Firstly, we will consider the more formal styles of footwear, beginning with the brogue.
Brogues are extremely popular shoes, you probably own a pair yourself, but perhaps don’t realise. In basic terms, a brogue is a shoe that is made of leather with the uppers stopping at, or just below, the ankle. Americans refer to brogues as oxfords.
Brogues come in a variety of styles; some have pointed toes, others rounded toes; some have laces, others just slip on.
When you are buying brogues as formal footwear always purchase them in leather. In general, brogues should be black, other colours are available, but black makes by far the most stylish colour.
Wear brogues with suits and formal trousers. Although they also look extremely attractive with a pair of straight cut jeans and crisp white shirt.
Loafers are quite formal, yet at the same time have relaxed connotations too. They are perfect for wearing at informal business networking events, such as a trip to the golf course with the boss.
There are several varieties of loafer, including moccasins, and tassel loafers.
Loafers are all right for wearing with a suit, but not if the occasion is strictly formal. They go best with a nice pair of corduroy or denim jeans.
Some men avoid wearing sandals because they believe they are particularly feminine. This isn’t true though, and many shoes, such as flip-flops, or sports sandals, look great on men.
When wearing sandals you should generally stick to wearing shorts, the only exception to this rule is with the sport sandal, which goes well with jeans and chinos too.
Espadrilles are much underrated. If you don’t know what they are, they look a little bit like a cross between a sandal and a loafer, with a rope-weave sole and a canvas, or cotton, upper. They are generally a summer shoe, but when worn with straight-cut, or boot-cut, jeans, you can wear them in winter, because you can add socks.
Never ever, ever, add socks to sandals or espadrilles if your ankles are on show, it is not a good look.
Boots are the staple diet of any man’s footwear collection. As a man, you should own at least one pair of boots. The standard style for men is the ankle boot. They come in a variety of styles, some with zips, and others with laces.
Boots cross the boundary between informal and formal occasions; they are perfect for wearing to a restaurant, or on a first date.