Most men are unaware that whether you are the casual sorts or someone inclined towards formal dressing, the first good impression begins bottoms up! This season, we bring a list of must-have footwear fashion to boot up!
Men, allow us to let you in on a little secret. Shoes determine more than what one would ever know. No matter what the pair a man chooses, whether he parades in elegance or exhibits eccentricity, as Christian Louboutin puts it ‘every move a person makes is dictated by their shoes’.
Whether it is moccasins and loafers or monk straps and lace-ups, shoes are also the most accessible way into the new season trends. Once you get the must-have shoe, you have that sartorial shot in the arm to the rest of your wardrobe of a new season. While men don’t need to compete with Carrie Bradshaw–esque obsession, investing in a handful of sensible and stylish pairs can take booting up beyond suiting up. The right pair of shoes can make or break a good suit and can also keep you safe from the occasional bout of shoe envy!
As the classic red-soled Louboutins, the Italian Corneliani and many other international labels are cueing up in India; men are increasingly taking note of the swelling shoe rack across the market. Indian men are now looking out for their sole-mates like never before. They are bolder and more experimental with their choice of shoes and are willing to go for the edgier designed shoes. Walking into the new season, men have a definite element of fashion following the austerity agenda with simple and utilitarian shoes. Stylists reveal that although trainers and sportswear continue to rule the high-fashion footwear, the classic small heels, the solid sole are getting makeovers this season in décor or colour or metal to comeback as one of the latest trend. Moreover, sleepers, loafers, moccasins and chukkas in various versions are also the most popular shoe models. Shoe designers are also increasingly opting for perforated materials and models for men shoes with fashionable detailing.
From the oxford, the loafer to full brogue, single monk or double monk to moccasins, classic boats and many others, men have enough choices this season to walk every mile differently. Here’s a rundown of the best of fashionable shoes presently in the dressy, casual and sporty departments, for all of that you need to make room for:
In the cyclical world of fashion, eras have a way of coming back into the fold. This sporty shoe is back in vogue with a combination of superior comfort, fresh and detailed design and neutral hues. This season dump the black ones in every form and opt for sneakers produced in brown or beige or blue. As celebrities continue to flaunt their love for sneakers, these shoes have graduated for both, sporty and casual look. “Sneakers are a definite must-have because they go well with all kinds of denims and can be used for the gym and a date too! This season choose the tone downed dark colour sneakers for formal suits and pick bright navy or brown to go with the casual suit as Will Smith has been doing,” says Nirali Ruparel of Achilles’ Heel.
We are clearly not over with our love for loafers. This season they only get more stylish to make the perfect weekday to weekends option. Almost every brand is lining up loafers on their shoe racks, so, the trick is to pick the lightweight ones in a low cut for the perfect spring summer shoe. But if you are someone looking for a stylish canvas with strength to stretch around, we love the new experimental Crocs. “We are thrilled about out new clog silhouette which has been added to the Beach Line Collection. The new style does a great job of marrying together our rich clog heritage and our history of boating shoes,” says Nissan Joseph, General Manager, Crocs India. The Stretch Sole Loafer from Crocs is another perfect asset for a great Friday dressing and can go all the way to a Sunday hiking trip!
It is fashion sin not to own a couple of types of ankle boots. While you can continue to keep the Oxford and/or patent leather shoes handy in black, this season men need to drop the over-the-top perception and invest on this versatile type of shoes. It includes the biker’s favourite motorcycle boots or dessert boots and the city-goers brogues and Oxford boots. Nautical shoes are also scaling high as favourites. A must-know tip is to ditch the socks with the nautical when planning a fun day ensemble. “At Mochi, we have brought a new collection of boots that accentuate style for every occasion. The different types of ankle boots can be paired up with most outfits. Tan brogues are this season’s essentials,” shares Mochi spokesperson.
Yes, this isn’t a shoe type, but why we list this is because men just can’t part with blacks. In footwear fashion this season, experts suggest black is growing increasingly outdated! Men’s shoes have gone bold and playful. “Whether it is the loafer or the sneakers or even the low-cut boots, shoes made with contrasting colours combinations on the structures are one of the most stylish and outstanding details of the season. Men shopping for the best shoes this season need to pick the pairs in fun-infused colours such as emerald green, cherry, cobalt blue, orange, yellow, red and tangerine while brown and mustard,” says K. Lakhani, director, Claude Lorrain, that brings international high fashion footwear and accessories.
Flip-flops to espadrilles to sandals to loafers, classic summer trends include a range of footwear for men and each are a must-have for everything you do from holidays to strolls. It is a sensible addition to any wardrobe for the obvious benefits in extreme heat or for the trips to the beach. “For the places you cannot dress down, opt for low boots and smoking slip-ons,” Ruparel quips.
Clothes do make a man, but shoes define the man. Like it or not, they put up display cards on a man who knows how to dress and a man who should be revered when it comes to style and class. Bottom-line; walk in the right pair of shoes at all times and be assured to inspire many to walk in your footsteps!