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Men, is it time to trade up your shoes?
September 25, 2014
Do you wear sneakers out to dinner because they’re ‘sturdy and practical’? Do you wear a nice suit to work and pair it with a cheap pair of clunky lace-ups? If I have just described half of your shoe collection, then allow me to share a little secret with you, something women have known for a long time - Shoes are a window to the soul and they can literally make or break an outfit.
Whether it’s going out on a date or applying for a job interview, the right shoes make the right impression. If you’re dressing to impress then it’s crucial to make sure that your shoes match your outfit and that they are on trend with the latest style. So set fire to your clunky lace ups and send your sneakers to the bin and let’s take a look at what’s ‘hot to trot in’ this fall for all of you who fancy developing your inner Carrie Bradshaw.
As business casual becomes the hot style in and out of the workplace, the lines between dressy and casual shoes is getting blurry. Many shoes can pass for both dressy and less formal occasions and can be worn equally well with jeans or a suit.
Take the Chukka II from cobbler-union.com ($425 pictured left). The grained calf leather gives it a dressier feel than that of the suede Chukka without betraying the cool everyday personality all real chukkas must possess. These shoes are quality crafted using the Goodyear welt, the gold standard in the construction of luxury footwear.
There are casual shoes that can pass for dress shoes. Rubber soles and wedge heels are acceptable in both lace shoes and loafers.
Ankle and Demi boots are also in style. I particularly like the Portman Demi boot by crockettandjones.com. Made from the finest calf leather with a single buckle ankle strap detail, with bark tanned single leather soles.
Whatever your passion, make sure you add some zing to your shoe collection this fall. If you invest in a handful of sensible, and stylish pairs and take care of them, you'll be set for years. You just need to take that first step.