They say clothes make the man, but even the most stylish attire can be ruined by bad footwear. Whether you’re going to the office, on a first date or to a red-carpet gala, you’ll need the right pair of kicks if you want your style to shine. Every guy already knows that he needs some good sneakers and some snazzy, perfectly shined Oxfords, but not every man has the variety of shoes we think is necessary in his closet. Therefore, we’re sharing our secrets and tipping you off to the 10 shoes every man should own, from Chelsea boots to casual loafers. Get ready to put your best foot forward.
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A plain, well-constructed, lace-up Oxford is every man’s go-to shoe for work and occasions where casual footwear won’t do. This pair from Magnanni (HK$3,100) is simple and sophisticated — no fuss here.
Similar in appearance to Oxfords, brogues are distinguished by decorative perforations in the shoe’s leather, and they come in variations known as wingtip, semi-brogue, quarter-brogue and longwing. Easy to dress up or down as needed, these Tom Ford semi-brogues (approx. HK$15,439) are timeless and elegant.
There’s something undeniably cool and polished about a pristinely white pair of kicks, which can be work with casual outfits or even dressed up with tailored trousers and a blazer. These white Golden Goose sneakers (HK$4,360) are effortless and versatile.
If the idea of keeping white sneakers in perfect condition sounds too high-maintenance for you, don’t fret. Instead, go for an all-black version, like this one from Common Projects (HK$3,466).
Less formal than Oxfords, monk strap shoes have an air of European elegance about them, and they’re anything but casual. They have a way of making a man look dapper, and this pair by John Lobb (HK$9,909) is no exception.
Dating back to the Victorian era, Chelsea boots are tight-fitted, ankle-high boots with elastic side panels that makes it easy to slip them on and off. They became iconic in the 1960s, and they’ve remained fashionable ever since. We like this pair from Givenchy (HK$9,150), which would look great with skinny jeans or even a slim-cut suit.
Loafers may not have laces, but that doesn’t mean they make you look lazy. On the contrary, a sockless loafer look is timeless, and something any guy can pull off with the right pair. We like these classic loafers made by Salvatore Ferragamo (approx. HK$4,839).
Less formal than traditional loafers — and just the right amount of dandyish — driving loafers are a great option when you want to dress up your off-duty look. Elevate your casual attire with this pair of Tod’s driving loafers (HK$3,713) in suede.
Traditional loafers have their limitations, so when you need something to wear with a tux for a wedding or a big night out, patent leather is the way to go. Flashy but not flamboyant, this pair from Givenchy (approx. HK$7,370) is the perfect way to amp up your formalwear.
If you’re looking for a boot with some hardware to give your wardrobe some edge, then the harness boot is just what you need. This pair from Frye (approx. HK$3,571) is masculine yet refined.