Updated: Aug 20, 2018
Building your wardrobe may seem like hard work, especially if you don’t know where to start. Most people want to go out and buy a bunch of suits, which isn’t a bad thing, but what about the shoes? Building my outfits around shoes makes shopping easier and allows me more versatility. Check out my top three shoe options that every gent should start with when building his wardrobe.
Plain Cap-toe Oxford
I’ll admit, I wish this was the first shoe that I purchased. Plain cap-toe oxfords can be found in numerous colors, but for starting out I would stick with dark brown or black. The cap-toe oxford can be dressed up during your normal work week or a little more casually for your Saturday night date. Check out this pair from Paul Evans.
Double Monk Strap
The first thing you notice about the double monk is there’s no lacing involved. (Saves time when you’re running behind.) Much like the cap-toe oxford, the double monk strap provides lots of versatility and comes in a variety of colors. For this one, I’d stick with a cognac or tan color. These look great with that navy suit or those medium wash jeans. Check out these bad boys from Cole Haan.
When you see the words “penny loafer” you may think preppy and I’m here to tell you that you’re half right. Depending upon how you style them, the penny loafer can be dressed up or down. Again, one of the reasons I added the penny loafer to this list is because you don’t have to worry about laces. Personally, I would find a nice tan or sand suede pair. This would be perfect for the spring, summer, and even the fall. Check out this sick pair from Jack Erwin.
I’m sure you noticed that I’m a huge fan of brown or tan shoes. This is because black especially in leather gives off a formal vibe and I’m pretty sure that’s not what you’re going for at the movie theater. Trust me on this, you’ll be getting tons of wear out of any of the three shoes if you choose brown/tan over black.
Be sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts on my 3 favorite shoes!
Information generated from: RealMenRealStyle, Paul Evans, Cole Haan, and Jack Erwin.