Someone said to me a couple of days ago that men will never be into shoes in the same way that women are. I smiled and nodded as is standard in these kinds of situations; however, on reflection and much thought, I disagree. I think guys have always been as obsessed with shoes as much women, they’ve just been obsessed with the wrong kind of shoes. Sneaker-heads have been around since the eighties and plenty of men religiously buy Converse or Vans or K-Swiss as if they were part of some exclusive club. The only thing that separated us from our female counter parts was we just had no variety or imagination.
But these days the tide is changing. Men across the world are becoming more and more obsessed with shoes in all the myriad of options now available to us, that I might even be so bold as to say we’re more obsessed than women are. Or, at least, I am.
So with that in mind, I decided to compile a top 5 list of the types of shoes that every man should have in his wardrobe. Or shoe rack if we’re being fussy. For the non-obsessed this will be a good initiation, and for the already converted a nice check list. What I will say is that when it comes to footwear there are a few things to bear in mind.
Firstly, you get what you pay for. I can’t pretend that a £30 pair is going to stand up against a £250 pair. It’s fine to buy from the high street and on the low end of the spectrum but expect them to only last you a couple of years (if that) before you need a new pair. The £250 pair on the other hand will be timeless if looked after correctly.
So that is where correct maintenance comes in. If you have gone up market, invest in some shoes trees. These keep the leather’s shape after the day’s sweat it’s absorbed. Clean them regularly with shoe polish, brushes and cloths. And when packing them for travelling, try to keep them in some kind of separate shoe bag so they don’t get marked by other items in your case.
Here’s my official list:
So there you have it guys, 5 shoes every guy should own. Have you got all 5? Or do you need to start doing some serious saving/shopping? Or did I miss something off that you think is 100% essential? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next week,
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