Shoe Shopping Tips For Men

My grandfather used to say ‘You can always tell a man by his shoes.’ And while many things have changed since grandpa’s day, this remains one of the principles that holds firm in the rule book of men’s style. This doesn’t mean to say that men ought to have an extensive range of shoes for different occasions — thankfully, there’s no need for men to compete with women for equal closet space in this regard. But a few carefully selected items of footwear can set up the average male for most eventualities, leaving him free to spend the rest of his time (and money) on wardrobe items that express his true self.

But even though they may not own up to it, many men feel as clueless about choosing shoes as they do the rest of their clothing, and fall back on a few ‘safe’ items that can easily become bad habits. Here’s a simple shoe shopping guide for the man who’s looking for a confidence boost in the footwear aisle.

A pair of Oxfords: a.k.a low rise leather shoes you can lace up. And while you can find Oxfords in many different styles, I’d narrow it down further: a pair of leather shoes you can polish. The color’s up to you (although grandpa had a thing about never wearing ‘brown in town’) and dress shoes like these can be the stylish complement to anything from a business suit to chinos or jeans.

A pair of loafers: the slip-on partner to Oxfords, these comfortable shoes are sometimes worn as dress shoes for work — although lace-ups are still de rigueur in certain situations. Whether you like them with a plain front, tassels or a Gucci style metal bar, they can also double as casual footwear with or without socks.

A pair of boots: depending on where you live, boots may be a style choice or a winter weather necessity. The right type of brown, black or oxblood colored leather boots can sometimes do duty as dress shoes for work, while tough boots with a rugged tread may suit those who work out of doors or negotiate icy winter conditions.

Casual shoes: your lifestyle dictates your choice. For your leisure wear, choose between athletic shoes, sneakers, boat shoes or sandals for a look that goes with cargo pants or cords, slacks or shorts as you like to wear them. Shoes can match your belt if you wish, or make a bold contrasting statement that lends flair to your attitude.

If you’re already doubting the wisdom of this sage advice, it’s worth conceding that one of the problems of style rules is that there really are no rules, that fashion statements come and go and that one man’s ‘preppy’ is another man’s ‘poseur’. But grandpa usually knew more than he was letting on, and his advice was as much about being practical as it was about looking good. A few good pairs of different shoes, properly looked after, can be the foundation of the average man’s wardrobe and get him ready for work, leisure and all the unexpected situations in between.

A Look at the Wide Variety of Shoes on the Market Today

Shoes are used to cover and protect our feet. Shoes represent style and fashion for both men and women. Having attractive shoes is a natural desire of everyone. There are different types of shoes and some of the major types of shoes are described below.

Men’s Shoes

There is a big variety in the men’s shoes. Men’s shoes can be categorized into Balmorals, Bluchers and Monk-straps. They can be decorated in plain-toes, cap toes and Brogues.

Women’s Shoes

There are different types of women’s shoes. Women’s shoes are only accepted by women whereas some sorts of men’s shoes are accepted by both genders. Some of the broad categories of Women shoes include Sneaker boot, Kitten heels, Slingbacks, Espadrilles and pumps.

Athletic shoes

The athletic shoes are the special purpose shoes which often have less differences between both the genders. They can be worn by either sex. There is a big variety of athletic shoes including Sneakers, Track shoes, Bowling shoes, Walking shoes and Skating shoes. The skating shoes also have different categories including Ice skates, Roller skates and Inline skates etc.

Dance shoes

The dance shoes are special purpose shoes that are specifically made for dancing. The types of dance shoes include Ballet shoes, Jazz shoes, Dance sneakers, Character shoes, Foot thongs and Tango/flamenco dance shoes.

Work Shoes

The work shoes are designed to provide high traction and to protect the wearer. The work shoes are normally made up of sturdy leather uppers. The work shoes are used for uniforms by the policemen, nurses, fire brigades, waitresses and military personnel.

They are also used for protection in the industrial settings, mining, stores, construction and other work places. The protective features of the work shoes may include steel-tipped toes.

Historical shoes

Historical shoes are types of shoes that have been used in the past for a number of years. The major types of the historical shoes include Patten, Moccasins, Espadrilles and Poulaine.

Dress and casual shoes

The dress shoes are categorized by smooth upper leather, leather sole and narrow sleek figure. The casual shoes are categorized by sturdy leather uppers. Some designs of the dress shoes are used by either gender. The majority of the dress shoes have upper covering. The shoes with uppers are used to cover the ankles.

Athletic Shoes – Fashion Or Functional?

Athletic shoes are used by almost everyone in the world. Whether you buy them for functional sports or for fashion, go to a shoe store or search online and you will see millions of choices to choose from.

There are some simple aspects that need to be considered to help you choose the best shoes for your needs. The first question to ask yourself when shopping for shoes is, “What will I wear on my shoes?” Will you carry out the task in it or use it for the night out? Or, do you use sneakers to exercise or exercise at the gym? The goal will help direct you to the right side of a shoe store or website.

Functional Purpose

If you buy shoes for athletic purposes, determine what sports or activities you will do. There are shoes for running, walking, cross training, basketball, tennis, and more. Athletic shoes vary in design, style and comfort to suit every sport or activity.

Running shoes are made to support the forward movement with support where your foot ball hits the sidewalk. Walking shoes are the most soft with additional flexibility to support full heels to foot movements. Cross trainers, for aerobic exercise or weight training, add lateral support for side-to-side movements. And basketball or tennis shoes combine all aspects to support moving from front to back, from side to side, and up and down.

No matter what function, shoes must be made of fabric that is comfortable and breathable. Leather and cotton are the most common and do a good job! Rubber soles with the right amount of bearing and support are also important. And, remember to give your sneakers time to enter. After a few days or weeks, the right shoes will form your feet for combined flexibility, comfort and support.

Fashionable goal

On the other hand, if you buy your shoes for casual or fashion, you also have many factors to consider and many choices to make choices from! Shoes and sneakers are currently marketed to meet any style. There are brands that support certain athletes or celebrities. There is a brand that is intended for retro viewers, punk viewers, hip-hop audiences. Whatever your category falls, there are sneakers to suit your taste.

The top two brands out there today are Nike and Converse. Nike sponsors many athletes and sometimes even names their shoes after the athlete. For example, Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is a top supporter of Nike. Air Jordans Shoes line consists of many trendy and high-performance sneakers. The Jordan Retro Shoes, Jordan Sixty plus 60+, and Jordan AJF 4 Fusion are some of the options included in this line.

Converse is another brand popularized by great basketball. Chuck Taylor started wearing the shoes and the name took off. At present the company is owned by Nike and is run outside the US which created several changes to the original “Converse Chuck Taylor All Star”. Shoes can be found in a number of colors, designs, fabrics, and styles (top height, low top, slip on, etc.).

Nike and Converse are just two of the many sneakers. And in today’s society, you definitely find a manufacturer or brand that you like. Sneakers can complement clothes, make statements, and allow you to express yourself. Sneakers are considered acceptable to work and play with unlimited flexibility! When it comes to buying sneakers, know your destination and you will be happy with your purchase!