Men: How to Choose Shoes

It can be difficult to know what to look for when shopping for shoes, there are many considerations to be taken into account; what are the occasions when you will be wearing the shoes, which shoes are currently in fashion, what colour shoes suit your complexion, which shoes are good for which weather. Well here, we hope to help you to understand which shoes you should be thinking about buying for specific occasions.

There are some fundamental considerations you should make first-and-foremost. Why do you need to buy a new pair of shoes?

Work Shoes:

If you are a labourer, choosing shoes for work, you need to take account of how much the shoes will protect your feet. Mens shoes can be fitted with several features that make a shoe safe for manual work, a steel toecap for example, is essential if you spend the majority of your working life operating heavy machinery or carrying heavy objects.

On the other hand, perhaps you work in an office where your boss expects you to look smart at all times. For this occasion, shoes need to be traditional and conservative – this is good news for the fashion conscious men among us, these styles of shoe are ageless classics, always instilling an appearance of sophistication upon the wearer. A decent pair of work shoes can work wonders for a man’s style.

Alternatively, perhaps you are an athlete, in which case you will need a shoe that will offer optimal performance while protecting vulnerable areas, such as knee and ankle joints – it is certainly possible to buy trainers that offer a suspension-like feature that will help to protect your joints.

Formal Occasions:

Dress shoes are not only the reserve of men who wear suits to work, although they are the shoe of choice for any man who does. Plenty of occasions warrant dressing-up, and for such times, dress shoes are essential. A dress shoe is a formal type of footwear, such as oxfords, brogues or loafers. Choose either a slip-on or a laced variety in either black or brown. For formal occasions, bright colours are definitely a no-no.

Casual Mens Shoes

We are extending this segment beyond the simple everyday casual attire of tracksuits and jeans, but to chinos and combat trousers too. This means that the casual shoes discussed here are versatile and can be worn beyond a strictly casual situation – although not to an occasion that is formal to the extent that a pair of dress shoes is required.

These shoes need to be comfortable as well as stylish. Depending on the season, you can wear boots for colder times or sandals for warmer times. Trainers are also a casual shoe, but they can be smart when bought in conservative colours such as black.

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