Posted on August 30 2018
When choosing the right pair of shoes there is a lot to consider like durability, style, colour, contemporary fashion trends and more. And whilst a never-ending budget to buy whatever you might need is desirable, for the vast majority of us, it remains unrealistic.
So how do you shop wisely and choose a few pairs of shoes that will stand you in good stead without breaking the bank? There are two key rules to follow. Firstly, don’t be lead by logos and brands, stick with classic styles. Secondly, go for quality over quantity; shoes make or break a first impression and if yours look worn, scuffed and untidy then the impression they make will follow suit. It’s also worth the investment, a well-made pair of shoes will last you considerably longer than a budget pair.
As an additional guide (not necessarily a rule per se) – it’s a good idea to be brutal. When purchasing, consider is this a “nice to have” or a “need to have”? Below we chart the shoes you must have in your closet to cover you regardless of occasion or outfit.
- Plain trainers
When shopping for these, think of a classic tennis shoe. Stay away from obvious, large logos, thick tread or air-cushioned soles. White is a classic colour, you can opt for something a little more adventurous but remain fairly neutral and avoid multiple colours on a single sneaker. Shoes of this style are useful in their versatility. You can pair them with shorts, jeans, chinos and tailoring throughout the year. However, don’t overwear them. As soon as they begin to look tired, tidy them up by washing or cleaning them. If that doesn’t work then it’s time to get a new pair.
These Lacuzzo Grey Nubuck sneakers are an ideal choice.
This is the archetypal shoe for any formal event you might have such as a wedding, funeral, interview and such. They’re not an article you’re likely to wear every day but a good idea to have in your wardrobe for when they’re called upon, which will be more often than you think. These Barker Grant Brogues fit the bill perfectly!
- Leather Slip-on Loafer
These give your outfit a preppy look and have their heritage firmly planted in American fashion history. They can work with or without socks so you can adapt them to fit the season you’re wearing them in. There are various different styles to chose from, including horsebit and penny.
These Lacuzzo Black Tassle loafers are a perfect example to fit a smarter outfit.
- Worker Boots
These rugged shoes have evolved from the original style initially supplied to infantry soldiers in to something significantly more stylish but without losing their hardwearing qualities. This makes them an ideal choice for when outdoor activities are likely to be the order of the day. They’re also a good fit for autumn and winter when conditions become decidedly trickier to negotiate.
Check out these Leather Chukka Boots in tan for comfort, style and versatility.