The old saying goes that you can judge a man by his shoes. Britain has a rich heritage of shoemakers and to this day we are proud to produce the very best in the world.
The price tag of a good pairs of shoes can be off-putting for some. While many men opt for cheaper shoes, they will inevitably be of an inferior quality. It can prove to be a false economy, with the cost of replacements over the years far outweighing the initial outlay for a decent pair.
A shrewdly selected arsenal of footwear can not only provide the versatility needed to span both business and pleasure, but well looked after, they will last you the rest of your life. Here we explore the five pairs of shoes every man should have in his wardrobe, and in our opinion, will prove a wise investment for years to come:
Good for summer or winter, the loafer is a must-have for smart-casual wear. Worn with chinos, jeans or even shorts, they are comfortable yet smart, and can elevate an otherwise relaxed weekend outfit to a cool birthday ensemble.
The star in any wardrobe, you are bound to impress your friends with a well-designed and beautifully polished pair of brogues. Versatile as they come, their natural flair are perfect for events like a day at the races.
The classic work shoe. If you work in an office, investing in a pair of hard wearing Oxfords will repay you with years of stylish service. They also double as great shoes for weddings or other special occasions.
The Chelsea Boot For casual dinners, the Chelsea boot goes perfectly for the relaxed smart look. Great when paired with a blazer, the over-the-ankle boot can be worn with a slightly higher cut trouser for a modern look.
The Monk A style that comes with either single or double buckle, depending on preference. This is a great alternative to your daily Oxford as, of course, you should give all your shoes a rest to get the best out of them! Wear on smart occasions for something a little different.
What do you think of our choices? Is there a shoe we’ve missed that you think is integral to your wardrobe? Leave us a comment!
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