Mens Dress Shoes
An old joke says that women have shoes in every color imaginable. Men have shoes in black and brown—which, sadly, is one choice too many for most men, who always ask their wives if they should wear the black shoes or the brown shoes today.
Although amusing, this joke masks the truth that mens' shoes come in a dizzying array of styles and designs, and that men often do put a lot of thought into their footwear. Unlike women, however, men are not always up on the latest fashions, or know what styles of shoes to look for or where to find them.
This article will give men a cash course in modern, fashionable footwear. First of all, we're mainly talking about mens dress shoes for office wear. If you're playing basketball on the courts or going fishing with your friends, you're old tennis shoes or cowboy boots will do. In situations like that, no one cares what you're wearing or how you look.
Men's Business Shoes
A professional situation is different, however. You want mens dress shoes that will compliment your entire outfit, make you appear on the cutting edge of fashion, and make the right impression. To this end, let us first describe what NOT to wear.
The big, bulky clothing of the early 2000s is out of style. Designed to make you look big, powerful, and dominant, this look has gone the same way as SUVs, Hummers, and wallets the approximate thickness of a Big Mac. The new look is slimmer, more streamlined and elegant, implying that you are fluid, flexible, adaptable in these troubled economic times where change is happening fast.
As far as footwear goes, this means the big, clunky, blocky shoe is out of date and out of style. There types of shoes tend to be wide and angular, with square toes and thick soles and heels, the type of shoe now disparagingly referred to as the "pilgrim" shoe.
The New Dress Shoe
Replacing it on the fashion scene are shoes that have slimmer, streamlined construction. These shoes tend to be narrower, have elongated and rounded toes, and thinner soles and heels.
The idea of your overall outfit today is to portray a look that is sleek, slim, and streamlined. If the streamlining ends at your ankles to be capped by big, blocky shoes, you're ruined the effect. The slimmer, elongated shoes, on the other hand, continue the streamlining from the top of your head all the way down to your toes and beyond. It completes the overall look you're aiming for.
Choosing No Laces
Finally, although laces are completely acceptable, loafers are preferable these days for mens dress shoes. Without laces, the hems of your trousers have nothing to get hung or bunched up on, increasing the fluid, streamlined look.
Another problem men may have is knowing where to find such shoes. Department stores tend to have a relatively limited selection of mens' shoes. If you plan to swing buy and grab some new stylish shoes at Walmart while you're pickup up groceries, think again. Instead, a large shoes store is your best bet for being able to find yourself shoes in the right look, the right size, at the right price.
The widest variety of shoes styles and prices, of course, can be found on the internet. However, many men are reluctant to buy a pair of shoes without having tried them on first. This is completely understandable, and the same shoe size may vary from brand to brand. And ultimately, we tend to buy mens dress shoes on fell more than anything else.
Mens Dress Shoes