The only four pairs of shoes you’ll need this season
While you can’t judge a book by its cover, a man’s shoes can say quite a bit about the person wearing them. Updating your dated or well-worn footwear wardrobe for winter doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. With just four pairs, you’ll make a fresh and in-style statement, no matter the occasion…or forecast.
We are in the midst of a huge sneaker moment—and we don’t mean for the gym. Start your shoe makeover with a soft leather or suede sneaker on a featherweight rubber sole. Wearing these with a suit or a sportcoat and jeans is the best way to accessorize tailored clothing for a sophisticated, casual vibe.
Then, you’ll need a go-to boot. Designers are showing shorter styles in lighter weights than we saw last winter, so this season’s boots are easier to dress up or down. Choose a Chelsea boot to add rock star appeal to whatever you’re wearing.
When we inevitably contend with snow, ice and slush, all-weather boots are a must. While your old pair of rubber and nylon snow boots may serve you well in blizzard conditions, many brands offer styles that keep your feet warm and dry while looking polished and cool. Choose boots with an athletic aesthetic or a refined rugged combat look to get you through the everyday wintery messes handsomely.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit with your dress shoe. Even classic looks evolve. For example, contrary to yesterday’s rulebook, blue and gray suits look fabulous with brown shoes. For new dress shoes, try a sleek, modern silhouette with a cap-toe lace up or monk strap in a polished or grain leather, or venture into something beautifully burnished for a truly artisan look.