May 2019

Men’s Shoes Tell a Story

The Story

Men’s shoes tell a story about the man wearing them. What do you want to communicate with your shoes? Women, bosses and even other men notice what you are wearing on your feet. Why buy the best dress shoes if you are not going to take care of them? The best investment in shoes is the care and cleaning of all your shoes. Regardless of you taste in shoes. Put together your own shoebox of important shoe care accessories if you are not in a position to have someone else take care of them.

Shoe Care

The shoebox should contain: a good quality leather and suede cleaner; several shoe cleaning cloths and brushes; shoe polish to match all of your shoes; weather protecting product in a non-aerosol format (better for the environment); extra laces for each pair of shoes that require laces; deodorizing spray for the inside of your shoes; extra inner soles to extend the life of your shoes; and the address of a good repair store for the times when the heels or other parts of the shoe need repair.

If you can afford the investment, purchase wooden shoetrees, these are adjustable wooden forms to keep the shape of you shoe as it deodorizes. Shoes should be rotated so that they dry out completely between wearing. Wooden shoe trees help to speed up the drying process and prevent curling at the toe. If your shoes have become soaking wet, do not put them near the heat as this can cause cracking and splitting. Instead, fill the shoes with newspaper and leave in a dry cool environment until completely dry.

New shoes should be waxed and polished before they are taken out into the elements. Project this investment with the best quality products that you can find. Remember to wax and polish over stitching as this will increase the weatherproofing of the shoe. This process will reduce the number of permanent scuffs and scratches that you get on your new shoes.

Buy the Best

Buy the best shoes you can afford. Well cared for shoes last a lifetime. If you can’t afford the best, try the Army surplus store for great quality military oxfords. You need a black pair, a burgundy or brown pair and a casual pair. Dress shoes should have laces.

Fit of the Shoe

Make sure that the shoe fits. Do not depend on a shoe stretching. Make sure it fits before you leave the store. Shoes should be comfortable. When ordering online, make sure that you have measured your feet know your size in Canadian, US, European and Asian sizes. Know the width of your foot for comfort and longevity of the shoes you buy.

Mens Black Shoes Are Timeless

If you have ever owned a very nice pair of mens black shoes then you will know that nothing has the special capability to blend in and stand out at the same time quite like a well polished pair of these shoes. Nothing adds more to the overall look of a really well dressed man than a great pair of these shoes.

For this reason black shoes are loved by all men. The kind of men who are into fashion and follow trends in the clothing and fashion industry are all scrambling to get themselves a brand new pair of this because the change in seasons has brought with them a change in the fashion sense as well. This season once again for clothing and for accessories for men, black is back.

On catwalks and ramps around the world at designer shows and fashion weeks men strutted their stuff in many new lines of designer clothes but one thing that was common to almost all of them was that they were all were wearing classic mens black shoes. Fashion conscious men who spend a lot of money on clothing and accessories and who spend time and effort on their appearance and on their personal grooming are all to be seen sporting new styles of back shoes this season, as black is once again the hottest colour this autumn and winter.

For men who do not pay attention to everything that is going on in the world of fashion or who have only a passing interest in what is cool and what is hot, these shoes have always been the pair to have. Like their more fashionable brethren these men too will always have at least one pair of great black shoes that are in a style that is elegant and classy if not the most trendy style of the moment that the metrosexual men are all flocking towards.

The fact is that for men as much as women and probably even more so a pair of black shoes is a very basic building block on one’s wardrobe. No man’s wardrobe is complete without at least one good pair of black coloured shoes. They fit in well in any number of situations and whether you are at a business meeting, in the office in a board room meeting or even at a wedding, mens black shoes are always perfect for the occasion.

A Man’s Beginner’s Guide

Let’s start with shoes. Every man should have a decent pair of exercise shoes. For casual sneakers, typically black or dark grey is good so you can wear them with different looks. A man should also own a pair of black dress boots and brown dress shoes. A cap toe or a wing tip pair of shoes will be fine for any formal outfit. Never wear white socks with dress shoes, men often make the mistake of messing up a good outfit with casual white cotton socks, that is a big no and a turn off to the ladies.

The right pair of pants is essential for pulling off the perfect look. Avoid baggy jeans, they make you look sloppy, plus that era is over and long gone. Although skinny jeans are in these days, I would still avoid super tight jeans especially if your legs are scrawny. When wearing dress pants you ideally want a pair that fits perfectly on your waist and not your hips. The pants should be exact in length, meaning the cuff of the leg should stop exactly where the soles of your shoes start, and it should never bunch up around your shoes. A good choice of attire would be flat front pants or single pleated pants.

Belts should be black or brown and they must always match your shoes. If you are wearing a visible tie clip, make sure the color of the metal matches the belt clip to avoid clashing.

Shirts can be a little bit tricky, because it all depends on your personal taste. You should have various fitted button up shirts in many colors. Polo shirts are a good choice because they look good in most colors. Rugby stripes add mix and matched colors to your casual out fit in a good way. Owning several plain white or black fitted tees are good for a neutral look and working out in. I’ve been told by various women that they like thermal long sleeve Henleys on men, I don’t know why, but this is their preference, keep that in mind. Its also good to own many t-shirts with nice aesthetic graphics as opposed to company logos or phrases on them. Old navy has a good selection of these type of t-shirts.

When it gets cold, layering will not only keep you warm, but stylish as well. I recommend owning many nice sweaters in black, grey, brown, or blue. Knitted sweaters can look good if you pull it off right, otherwise you will look like a retired old man. I would avoid patterns and strips on your sweaters, the more plain looking it is the better. A dark blazer jacket is recommended as well, either in black or grey. Military jackets are becoming more popular as well, a dark Forrest green one can look very stylish. When it comes to outer wear, most men own one or two coats. If you are more conservative, I would recommend owning at least three. One should own a camel colored overcoat that is three fourths in length. Also, a black, navy blue, or grey pea coat is a good choice to own. Finally a tan trench coat is a good piece to add to your wardrobe.

I’m not going to get into suits in this article because that is a whole article to cover all the important points. So for now we will finish off with accessories.

Accessories are the perfect why to add your finishing touch to your outfit. It is great for show casing your personality. If you were caught wearing the same thing as someone else, I bet at least the accessories you were wearing would be different. I recommend having a brown leather strap watch that can be worn casually and formally. For those of us who wear mens bags, a good brown leather bag is good for any type of dressed up look. A rustic brown or green bag goes well with a more casual look. When it comes to sun glass, a pair of black or brown Ray Bans will do the trick. Hats are a good way to spice up your look. I prefer to wear a dark green or black military hat with my casual attire. Also driving caps and casual fedoras are a good way to mix it up. Finally I would recommend following mens magazines to get a good sense of what looks good and what kind of styles you can incorporate into your own.