Maybe you find yourself asking, “How many shoes does do I really need?” You need shoes that will get you from work to after-hours drinks, but also something to wear at the beach or on a crisp morning hike. One pair is obviously not going to cut it. And twelve pairs might be going a bit overboard, especially if you choose your footwear wisely. We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled our list of three essential shoe styles every man should own — so kick your feet up and read on.
1. A Pair of Oxfords or Derbys
A pair of black or brown dress shoes is the quintessential shoe in every gentleman’s closet. Whether you’ve got a formal event or just a guy’s night out, a pair of Oxfords or derbys always fit the bill.Which color you choose depends on what color suits you own. For example, navy suits tend to look great with either black or brown shoes, while a black suit generally looks best with black shoes.
If you only have one pair, we recommend choosing a pair with classic detailing, leather soles, and a classic round toe box. Pair them along with eye-catching socks, and a tailored ensesemble and you simply can’t go wrong.
2. A Pair of Casual Sneakers
Now that you’ve got your formal footwear covered, let’s get causal. Not every occasion calls for brogues but with careful consideration, sneakers can look just as dapper. Some can even look great with a suit for a casual-formal twist. We’re big fans of white sneakers around here and we’re also evangelists for the no-show sock. Let those ankles breathe once in a while, especially when you’re wearing shorts. Plus, believe it or not, many women go crazy for mankles.
3. A Pair of Running / Athletic Shoes
Whether or not you hit the gym 5 times a week, you need to own a pair of comfortable, dependable running shoes. Athletic shoes are a necessity for weekend hikes, a quick run around the block or doing yard work. Consider these your take action, get messy footwear. So choose a pair that isn’t going to show grime or wear-and-tear easily — because when you’re using them right, they are definitely going to get dirty.