The 8 Shoes Every Man Should Own

The average man owns a dozen pairs of shoes. These are the essentials.

A few years ago, a Time Magazine poll came out that said the average American man owns twelve pairs of shoes. Which got us thinking: If we had to have exactly a dozen pairs, what would we go with? Hell, what should every guy go with? Well, we decided to answer that question. So now, as a public service, allow us to present the shoes every man should own. Think of them as the foundation—both literal and figurative—of a lifetime of style, no matter the occasion.

BROGUES

BROGUES

Think of them as your workhorse shoe. Perfect with everything from jeans to suits, and appropriate for everything but formal occasions and (very) important meetings with (relatively) conservative business partners.

BLACK CAP-TOE OXFORDS

BLACK CAP-TOE OXFORDS

You know how that last pair wouldn't work for the dressier moments in your life? These will. Every time.

DRESS BOOTS

DRESS BOOTS

Tailor-made—well, actually, cobbler-made—for the "suited and booted" look.

CASUAL BOOTS

For those bad weather days, or for just looking cool.

DESERT BOOTS

More dressed-up than a sneaker, but not quite as proper as hardbottoms. Your go-to option for a casual everyday outfit.

PLAIN-TOE DERBIES

Because sometimes you want something a little bit dressed up. But not too dressed up.

PENNY LOAFERS

A classic American shoe that just happens to have originated in Norway. But, in the case of this pair, made in Italy.

MINIMALIST SNEAKERS

Every guy needs a pair of understated sneakers. Used to be you could only wear them off duty. Now? They're perfect for the office, the bar, the weekend, the...well, you get it.