OK guys, get rid of those old sneakers, and give them to the second hand store. What do you mean you bought them from the second hand store? If they are not retro-cool, then give them back. It is time for men to take more notice of their shoes. You wash and hopefully wax and polish your car, right? Well you need to pay at least as much attention to what kind of shoes you buy and how you take care of them. Our recommendation is don’t sacrifice on quality.
Yes, we know you can get $10 tennis shoes on sale at Super Cheapo-mart, but those are best worn when you are painting the kid’s playhouse in the back yard. When our goal is to be a well-dressed man, then quality, especially in the shoe department, really counts. This does not mean you need to overspend to buy them. There are fashion outlets for the upscale brands that have good deals on quality shoes, so go hunting for them.
Here are the rules for buying quality dress shoes. Rule number one, they must fit properly to be comfortable. Rule number two, they must be made out of leather. Why leather? Because it lasts forever. Women know diamonds are forever. For men leather is forever. The oldest known leather shoes are leather shoes from Armenia and they are still intact, even though they are over 5,500 years old! Rule number three, you need at least one pair of black shoes and one pair of dark brown shoes. Make sure you have black and brown shoe polish as well. If you don’t already have the basic black and brown shoe polish, then buy it and don’t go for the cheaters way out with the liquid shoe polish. If you have quality shoes, you should take the time to polish them properly by hand using black or brown hand wax type polish.
In the choice of style selection, if these are going to be your first two pairs, one black and one dark brown, or if you can only afford to buy two pairs and no others, then we recommend you go for a very classic style. Pick a style for men that has been in fashion for decades and one that will stay in fashion for many decades to come.
There are basically four classic men’s shoe styles that have been around for a long time and will be around for a long time more. They are Oxfords sometimes called closed lacers, Bluchers that have open lacing, Monk-straps that have a buckle instead of any laces and Slip-ons that don’t have any buckle or laces at all. Your choice between these basic four styles is really a matter of personal taste. If you don’t like tying your shoes then go for slip-ons as long as they fit properly and don’t not come off your feet when you walk in them. If you need a little more security go for Monk-straps, and if you want to be more traditional chose either Bluchers or Oxfords. One pair black and one pair dark brown and polish them each time before you wear them.