Students may be able to get away with living in one pair of trainers, but the stylish man assembles a collection of footwear to meet every eventuality. Luckily, a man’s shoe wardrobe doesn’t need to be extensive to be versatile. It comprises four cornerstones; a cap toe Oxford, a long wing brogue, a Chelsea boot and a canvas or leather trainer. If you have the budget or the space you can add a boat shoe, a suede loafer, a double monk strap shoe and a technical trainer.
The cap toe Oxford is a classic shoe, well served for the office and more formal occasions. It’s best suited in black to compliment the darker notes of office attire or a black tie ensemble. A long wing brogue is timeless. Chocolate brown will work well with a blue or grey suit, or jeans. A black or brown Chelsea boot is a classic winter option, great with slim jeans, tailored trousers or a tweed suit. Try to colour match your belt and your footwear for a pulled together look. A plain white canvas or leather trainer is a perfect summer companion for chinos, jeans, shorts and tailored linen trousers. Avoid garish patterns and colour to maintain a clean look, or try a boat shoe instead.
Look for a double monk strap shoe to lend weight to a business suit or dress up jeans. A suede loafer is a smarter summer choice with skinny jeans or tailored shorts and a lightweight technical flyknit trainer is perfect for the gym or travelling.
Looking after your shoe collection is essential. Use a neutral wax to keep leather in top condition and dry brush suede regularly. Don’t just heap your shoes in a cupboard or under the bed, use cedar shoetrees help maintain shape and stop the development of creases. The world is now at your feet.