Sunday, September 2, 2012

Top 10 must-have shoes a man should own

I've been looking for gifts to give to my guy friends, two of them have their birthdays in September and my brother has his birthday in October. I was thinking about buying them some shoes but which one? While I was looking around, I realized that men do not have a huge selection of shoes (sadly!)! Basically, a man can own only 10 different pair of shoes and he will have the perfect shoe for any occasion he attends. In this post, I am presenting the top 10 pairs of shoes a man should own:

1. The Athletic sneaker: This is the must-have pair of shoes! If you want to workout efficiently you need shoes that are made for that. Now, it depends what kind of sport you are into: running, tennis, hiking. Always buy athletic sneakers that correspond to the type of sports you are practicing.

2. The classic sneaker: by this, I mean like a pair of converse because it is perfect for when you are well-dressed i.e. when you are not wearing your gym outfit. Trust me, Nothing is worse than a well-dressed man in those big and chunky athletic shoes! It just kills the whole outfit.

2.5. The Cool Sneaker: I am including these kind of sneakers because I love them (I admit that)! However, I don't think they are a must-have because not all ages can wear them and not look like they are trying so hard not to show their real age. I mean that at some point of their lives, men should forget about these sneakers and stick to the classic sneaker. These sneakers go well with hip-hop outfits i.e. with jeans (not Baggy, please!)

3. The Boat Shoes (a.k.a Topsiders, a.k.a Deck Shoes): These are my favorite shoes and I think all the guys around me own one because they love them or I forced them too (ha!). When wearing these shoes, it helps to think about what you would wear if you were to go on a boat/yacht (we can dream a bit that we own one!). You would probably wear these shoes with shorts or khaki/tan pants (nice slacks) and a striped polo T-shirt or just a plain shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Then you would probably add a light sweater or a light jacket if it's not warm enough.

4. The Loafer: This shoe is for casual affairs and relaxed meetings. It is worn with a sporty jacket, a pair of jeans, or a pair of suit pants with a T-shirt. They should be worn with socks and not with shorts.

5. The Driving Moccasins: this is a more casual kind of loafers. Always go for the suede ones! Like the name suggests it, these shoes were made for driving so it's absolutely important for them to be comfy. Anyways, these moccasins are usually made of suede texture for comfort and ease. They are best worn without socks.  

6. The Boots: it could be desert boots, work-boots or dress-boots, it's your choice! It also depend on the occasion; but your shoe collection is not complete without at least one pair of boots!

7. The Wingtips shoes: These are more than the office shoes, they can actually be worn with jeans, khakis as long as the shoe has a thicker than usual outsole. I love the broguings (little holes on the shoe) and unfortunately or fortunately, it makes any shoe with broguings looks more formal especially if the shoe is not in suede!

8. The Oxford shoes: To me I think most oxford shoe models look like either the wingtips shoes or the lace-up shoes but they say they are different so I am including them in the list.   

9. The Patent leather shoes a.k.a. the Tuxedo: This is the perfect shoe for formal occasions such as weddings. These shoes go perfectly with your business attire and other suits. When they are in black patent leather, that is the ultimate elegant style you can achieve with these kind of shoes!

10. Last but not least, The Flip Flops or sandals: Please no socks with sandals, that is a horrible look! (ha!) Of course if you're going for a sporty look and the sandals are sporty sandals then wearing socks is preferable. These shoes are for those laid-back moments of your life and the "beach" times. Why wear sneakers and closed toe shoes when you are going to walk on the sand and dip your toes in the water? Sometimes, you gotta show those beautiful feet of yours!

Well we come to the end, hope you enjoyed reading this post (because it took me a longtime to do it :) ).
Have a great day!

P.S. In two days, there's going to be New York Fashion Show and designers will present their Spring 2013 collection so if you can't attend it just join me with popcorns and a soda to watch it live on Youtube:


Francesca Giusti said...

love this shoes and also pour blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

moiminnie said...

thanks for the comment on my blog! and great picks! xx

Sheila said...

Love this post! Great ideas for my hubby. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would love to follow each other. Following you right now via GFC. Please follow me back!

xo - Sheila

Helena said...

Lovely post! :)
Thank you so much for you comment, let's follow each other x

Anni said...

Nice - I kind of love a guy who can work dress shoes or loafers into everyday wear. Nothing draws me more to a cute guy than the shoes he's rocking.

onlyforfashionvictim said...

Nice selection! I like all sneakers.

Chezka said...

I like it when a man wears nice shoess that match his outfit :) I guess it's just the blogger in me!
I would love to follow each other, just tell me when you have and I promise to return the favor!
See you soon,

Lara Takahashi said...

Hehe. My husbans is 99.9 % sneakers type. When he needs to wear a suit, he will complain about the shoes being uncomfy ;)

xxx Lara

Carolina Neto said...

Hey. Nice post! My boyfriend has almost all of it

modishYou said...

Lovely blog! Follow each other via Facebook/ GFC/ Bloglovin or more?

Pip said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment! Your blog is so great and I love this post! Seriously, every man should read this! LOL! Sure, I would love to follow each other! I'm now following you and hope you will return! Have a great day! xx Pip

Annika Schäfer said...

Thanks for your comment :)

Love you´re Site <3


Kimberly said...

Love this post! Every man should read this and go shoe shopping =D Thanks for dropping by my blog, and YES I'd love for us to follow each other. I'm your newest follower via google (#140) Could you check out my blog and follow back?!


Izabela Majkut said...

love those sneakers ;)

of course that we can follow eahc other ;)

I'm following you here and now waiting for you .

ASIA said...

Very interesting post! I completely agree. I like it when boys wear converse <3

juice said...

I like the light brown boots! They are my favorite.

maybe we can follow each other?

VιcκyBeL said...

I am following you too!!

michelle said...

Christian Louboutin Pumps are so famous for the luxurious and distinctively styled designs, which enhances personal vogue taste and make it easy to match with varied dressing ways.
Christian Louboutin Pumps 12CM Gold Sand Pointed
Christian Louboutin Pumps Leopard Pointed 120mm
Christian Louboutin pumps 12cm purple suede pointed

Blogger said...

+$3,624 profit last week...

Get 5 Star verified winning picks on MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL + Anti-Vegas Smart Money Signals!