The Five Types of Shoes Every Man Should Own

Shoes are important—perhaps, the most important item of clothing in a man’s wardrobe, which is why we’ve compiled this list of essential shoes for every man. Most men should first start with investing in a few quality pairs of shoes. It’s time to take inventory of your current shoe collection; what you have and what you may need. Of course it’s up for debate, and every style blogger has a similar list with some variation. As with any list of must haves, it comes down to your age, lifestyle or personal preference. At Village Footwear believe tthere are six essential stylish shoes for men.

What’s first up on the list of shoes every man should own? The brown brogue. It will quickly become a staple in any man’s wardrobe. It’s as versatile as it is stylish. Ready for this? The term “brogue” is derived from bro, the Gaelic word for shoe. Brogues are characterized by the unique punching or decorative perforations along the shoe’s leather uppers. It will quickly become a staple in any man’s wardrobe. It’s as versatile as it is stylish.

Second on our list is the loafer. Casual, comfortable, cool. dress them up, dress them down. Loafers are your summer go-to. Heck who says you can’t wear them year round? Loafers work with both formal and casual outfits. This kind of versatility will work for every man. Though not recommended to wear with a full on suit, loafers look great paired with a sport coat and denim or chinos. You can go suede or leather here. Penny or tassel—your pick.

Sometimes even the most dapper of men like to go casual. Our third is the casual aesthetic popular as ever, it’s good to have a go-to casual footwear option. The canvas sneaker is great for all types of casual outings from ballgames to backyard BBQs. Did you know that sneakers got their name from the word “sneak”? It was nicknamed that way because, compared to other footwear at the time, it made noticeably less noise when walking around!

The obligatory Oxford or Derby hit spot number four. A black Oxford or Derby is typically the first formal pair of shoes a guy owns. We recommend the classic rounded toe Oxford or Derby. Did you know that the Oxford is named after Oxford University in the UK? Before this, the Oxford has its origins in Scotland and Ireland, also known as Balmorals. A good pair of welted leather shoes may seems pricey, but investing in a quality pair will last for decades. Our name brands at Village Footwear have stood the test of time for years. As for color, we suggest black or brown here. Black of course is appropriate for the most formal of occasions; think funerals, weddings, and black tie events. Brown is more casual and versatile. The lighter the shade the more casual.

Rounding out the top five essential stylish shoes for men is the brown leather boot. A brown pair of leather boots makes the cut, and for good reason. Depending on the style, you can easily add a bit of sartorial sophistication or rebellious ruggedness to your look. We’ve got dress boots, casual work boots, chukkas, chelsea boots, and even cowboy boots. Visit us at Village Footwear in The Villages Florida or give us a call (352) 748-7300