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Essential Shoes To Own

Essential Shoes To Own

Shoes are one of the most important things you have in your wardrobe and they can have a major impact on how your outfit can appear. Your choice of shoe for a given occasion can say a lot about you. Therefore, we will discuss what we believe to be essential shoes that every man should have in their wardrobe.

Invest in Quality

Investing in quality shoes is a decision that combines both style and practicality, offering a multitude of benefits that extend well beyond fashion. While it's true that a pair of high-quality shoes can elevate your outfit and make a lasting impression, their real value lies in their durability and comfort. Unlike their cheaper counterparts, well-crafted shoes are built to withstand the test of time, featuring superior materials and meticulous craftsmanship that ensure they can handle the demands of daily wear. Beyond aesthetics, investing in such footwear can have a positive impact on your foot health, providing adequate support and cushioning that promotes comfort even during extended periods of use. By choosing quality over quantity, you not only reduce the need for frequent replacements but also make a conscious choice towards sustainable consumerism. Ultimately, the allure of investing in quality shoes lies not just in the initial purchase, but in the long-term satisfaction and benefits they bring to your feet and style journey.

Dress shoes

Black Oxfords

A black oxford is a workhorse shoe in your wardrobe. These are absolute beaters that can be paired with a host of different outfits ranging from with a blazer-slacks combination, a full suit and even with a dinner suit for those special occasions. There are a variety of different styles to choose from but the classic cap-toe oxford is an excellent choice, especially if it’s your first good pair of shoes.


Brown Oxford

Like the black oxford, a brown oxford lies alongside it as an absolute must in your wardrobe. Due to the colour being not as formal as black, these shoes can in contrast be worn with more casual, sporty looks which gives them an equal amount of versatility. The casual edge to the shoes can be emphasised when the shoes have broguing (punctured holes on the cap-toe, wingtip detailing etc). A brogue is a nice variation on the classic brown as it can be paired with suits and with a blazer and jeans.

Smart casual


When you need to look more dressy but want to be a little casual as well, a classic loafer is the way to go. The favoured shoe of the Ivy League style, this shoe in particular can blend seamlessly with all levels of formality and variety of materials whether that is a calfskin or suede in all sorts of colours and designs. At the most casual level, a classic penny loafer looks great when paired with jeans or chinos. Stepping up the formality, a loafer can give a suit or blazer trouser combination a more relaxed and easy sophisticated look. Furthermore, an opera pump or Belgian shoe, variants of loafers, are the shoes of choice for a black tie event, especially if you’re bringing a bolder dinner jacket in velvet or plaid to the party.


A shoe that has been making waves in recent years, an open-walker shoe whether in the low-top or ankle boot styles have really been surging in popularity. A supremely comfortable shoe that feels as good as a slipper, an open-walker can blend quite nicely into smart-casual ensembles as the shoes give a slightly sporty edge to an outfit. They look sublime with chinos as well as a pair of jeans. Finish off the look with a nice piece of knitwear or blazer and you’re good to go.

Casual Shoes

White Sneaker

A simple and classic minimal white sneaker is an absolute must for any man’s wardrobe. A perfect shoe for both casual and more dressed up casual outfits, a minimal white sneaker can go with pretty much everything from chinos and a polo to a sports jacket combination or even a suit. This ease to give a slightly sharper appearance, even to the most casual of ensembles, is one the beautiful things about a sneaker like this. It is also a perfectly acceptable shoe to wear to work as office attire has shifted towards a more smart casual look. Although your pair of New Balance or Nike gym trainers are nice, a minimal white sneaker is what your go-to casual shoe should be.

Suede Sneaker

In the same vein as the minimal white sneaker, a simple suede sneaker is a good alternative for a casual but dressy sneaker. Although the suede leather upper may make you be more cautious to wear them, suede is a resistant material and perfect for a trainer and as such, there is no reason to be nervous wearing them. After all, a suede sneaker in colours such as brown, navy and grey can combine very well with a number of different ensembles and pieces which will give a certain richness to an outfit. Great when paired with a classic tee and jeans and looks great when paired with chinos and a piece of knitwear, the suede sneaker should stand alongside your minimal white sneaker as the cornerstones of your casual wardrobe.

Classic Boot

Chelsea Boot

A classic chelsea boot is a shoe that has enduring style and appeal. A shoe that is typically paired with a casual look, it gives a more sophisticated look over a pair of trainers. A chelsea boot isn’t limited to casual looks as it gives an interesting edge to more formal ensembles such as with a sports jacket or full suit, especially if you’re going for those cool 70s suited vibes.

Chukka Boot

Like with the chelsea boot, a classic chukka has stood the test of time. An absolute classic that pairs nicely with various different outfits, it’s a classic shoe that helps give even the most formal looks some rugged appeal. Favoured by the likes of Steve McQueen and Gianni Agnelli, the chukka boot is a shoe that pairs nicely with casual and smart casual ensembles best such as being paired with chinos and a blue crew neck jumper or worn alongside a chinos, a crisp white shirt and sports jacket.

In conclusion, the significance of shoes in shaping your overall appearance cannot be underestimated. As the foundation of your outfit, they convey style, personality, and attention to detail. Opting for quality footwear over quantity is a wise investment strategy that ensures longevity and a more refined look. The essential shoes discussed, from the versatile black and brown Oxfords to the adaptable loafers and open-walkers, provide a spectrum of options for various occasions and styles. Classic boots like the Chelsea and Chukka bring enduring charm, while the simplicity of white and suede sneakers offers a blend of casual and dressy aesthetics. Remember, a well-curated collection of essential shoes not only elevates your fashion sense but also mirrors your appreciation for craftsmanship and timeless elegance. So, take the step towards building a well-rounded shoe collection that speaks volumes about your taste and sophistication.