Shoe tips for MEN

I know that I always write about women, but anytime I find something for men I want to post it as fast as possible.  All of you men get the short end of stick when it comes to fashion, most of the time.

Here are 14 Shoe Tips from Esquire magazine.

1. 

For Every Day: The Shoe You Can Wear Anywhere

There’s no such thing as one pair of shoes you can wear everywhere, all the time, with tuxedos and track pants. We’ve looked, and trust us, they just don’t exist. What we have found, though, is one pair of shoes that you can wear almost everywhere: these chestnut-brown derbies from the undisputed champion of Swiss footwear, Bally. Their versatility owes to a few key features: their rich color (a dark brown beats black for versatility any day), their simple design (the derby style and the rounded toe, as smooth and refined as the St. Louis Arch), and their polished calfskin patina traveling farther and wider than pretty much anything else around. Consider them the skeleton key to your closet and wear them with care. Because most other shoes aren’t nearly as versatile. Not nearly as versatile at all.

2. 

For Work: The Wing Tip

Not all wing tips look right with suits. But this pair, with its closed-lace construction, slim leather soles, and rich brown patina, could hold its own with most any three-piece.

3. 

For Work: The Oxford

You can’t get much more formal than a finely wrought pair of black oxfords, especially when the toe looks like this: not too pointy, not too round, and not remotely square.

4. 

For Work: The Boot

Opt for black (inherently more dressy than brown), and keep in mind, the finer the construction, the more polished they’ll look. Speaking of: Keep them shiny.

5.  

For Work: The Monk Strap

Rather than the one thick strap you usually find on monk-strap loafers, this version has two thin straps and lighter buckles, both of which make for a little more professional gravitas.

6. 

For Work: The Loafer

When forgoing laces altogether, a hand-rubbed, artfully shaped pair of look-at-me loafers like these Berlutis are just the kind of shoes that command respect. Even at the office.

7. 

For Weekends: The Wing Tip

A chunkier toe and a rugged sole are the stuff of casual wing tips and many an action-packed weekend. And if the leather picks up a scuff or two, so much the better.

8. 

For Weekends: The Oxford

The lighter the shade of brown and the softer the hand of the leather (or, in this case, suede), the better your oxfords will look with jeans, khaki chinos, or beat-up cords.

9. 

For Weekends: The Boot

Look for something unstructured like desert boots (or another spongy-soled variation thereof). They’re just the kind of lightweight knockabouts that downtime requires.

10. 

For Weekends: The Monk Strap

The thicker the strap, the more casual the shoes. Don’t worry about polishing the buckles, either: The metal’s faded shine is what gives them their character.

11. 

For Weekends: The Loader

Thin leather soles are good for office loafers, but thicker rubber soles are standard-issue for casual loafers. Same goes for a penny slot, which must, of course, remain penny-free.

12. 

New This Month: Mark McNairy for Bass Weejuns

To bring its iconic loafers into the 21st century, Bass has partnered with J. Press creative director Mark McNairy for a special collection. The new Weejuns come in materials as diverse (and surprisingly luxe) as cordovan and alligator, all while maintaining what’s honest and good about the original design.

13. 

New This Month: Cole, Rood & Haan

This heritage-inspired line from Cole Haan channels the brand’s 1920s Chicago roots (and its original name) with heavily distressed, handmade boots, oxfords, and loafers. They may not have the brand’s famous Air technology, but they’ve got history.

14. 

New This Month: Florsheim by Duckie Brown

The century-old mall mainstay has teamed with fashion dynamo Duckie Brown to produce laceless wing tips, colored suede loafers, and other outside-the-box shoes for outside-the-box thinkers.

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February 17, 2010. Feburary.

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