There is no doubt that every man should own at least one pair of decent shoes. One that you hold above all other shoes as the king of shoes. We’re not talking about trainers, sneakers, running shoes or sandals here, we are talking a grown up pair of smart shoes. It really is true what they say – you CAN learn a lot about a man from his shoes, so your shoes need to make a good impression.
There is a downside though: a fine quality smart shoe can set you back quite a bit. However, if you are good to those shoes they will be good to you. Trust us, it will be worth it because a) they can change your entire outfit, and b) everyone notices them.
Here’s couple of pointers to look out for when you take our advice and head out to buy your new shoes 😉
– All the materials on your shoe should be organic, not synthetic.
– The sole should be stitched onto the shoe, not glued.
– Pick up some polish when you are there because these babies will need cleaning up every now and then.
– Consider what you will be wearing them with and go for a versatile style that will work with your current wardrobe because, after all, if you are splashing out of some new shoes you may not be able to afford any new clothes for a while so make sure they will work together!
Now here comes the part where I make some possible shoe suggestions to you. In all honesty I only ever have one nice pair of shoes at a time and so do not have a lot of comparisons for you, however, I CAN recommend the brand that I always go with which is Jeffrey West. A classic English shoe. I love them because, firstly, they are made with fine craftsmanship and superior quality but also because they mess with the traditional ideas a bit. Their shoes stand out to me when I walk past them in the shop more so than any others and they have definitely served me well, accompanying to countless weddings, dinners, interviews and my first job (I’d like to add that I’m pretty sure I owe that job to the shoes…and for that I thank them personally). There are obviously tons to choose from but here are a few of my favourites styles.
“Good shoes will take you good places”