From brogues to sandals: 5 pairs of shoes every man should own

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When it comes to men’s shoes, there are a few wardrobe essentials that will see you through every occasion – whether it’s a formal dinner or a knockabout in the park.

With that in mind, here are the 5 shoes every man should own...


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1. Smart brogues

2. Casual brogues

3. Loafers

4. Sandals

5. Vintage trainers












 

1. Smart brogues

Every man needs a smart shoe in his wardrobe, and brogues are both comfortable and hardwearing, as well as being a bona-fide classic.

A brown pair will work as well with a pair of jeans as they will khaki trousers or navy suit.

For the original and best, look to Church’s or Trickers – both are English heritage brands that still manufacture their shoes in Northampton. For more budget-friendly options, try Russell & Bromley or Clarks. 


2. Casual brogues

Slightly softer and more battered than their smarter counterparts, casual brogues are more suited to everyday office wear.

Brown is still the go-to colour, but grey and navy are just as versatile.

You could also try a suede or nubuck pair. For a laid-back summer look, team a white or cream pair with knee-length shorts.

 

 

3. Loafers

They’ve spent years in the fashion wilderness but loafers have finally made a comeback.

A versatile shoe that’s smart enough to go from day to night, the loafer also works especially well with summer shorts and chinos.
 
And if it’s a bit of old-fashioned, European style you’re after, look to brands like Ferragamo, Tod’s and – of course – Gucci.

If money’s no object, check out John Lobb’s handmade numbers.

 

 

4. Sandals

On hot summer days it’s a good idea to let your feet breathe in sandals. There are a number of male-friendly styles out there, including waterproof trekking-style sandals good for activities like hiking or cycling.
 
Birkenstocks are designed for the foot’s natural shape so offer guaranteed comfort. And, along with pool sliders, they’re one of the biggest footwear trends for both sexes this summer.
 
Smart leather sandals are a good bet if you’re planning on wearing them to the office. Or if they’re purely for downtime, stick to rubber flip-flops, like Havaianas.


5. Vintage trainers

Trainers – rarely far from fashion’s frontline – have made a comeback in the past couple of years, with high-end designers like Givenchy and Lanvin producing more elaborate, expensive versions.

 
There’s no need to spend hundreds on a pair, though. Instead try vintage styles like Adidas Stan Smiths or the Adidas Trim Trabb, originally released in 1975, which is making a comeback in colours like royal blue and poppy red.

For a more ‘80s look, try Lacoste or Sergio Tacchini. And to channel ‘90s cool, try Adidas Gazelles or Vans.   

 
 
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