SNEAKERS - sporty looking, rubber sole with a fabric upper and sometimes with a mix of leather thrown in for good measure - generally used for sporting activities and informal casual wear. As you don't spend your entire life in the office, a good pair of sneakers for your weekend social activities is a good way to sporty-up and dress down your wardrobe.
THE CASUAL SHOE - This is a shoe that allows you to go from coffee at Starbucks straight to a dress-up dinner by just adding a jacket to your ensemble. The casual shoe is more fomal than the sneaker and is more suited for occasions where sneakers are deemed inappropriate. Generally a sleek non-bulky design equipped with an all leather upper in earthy colours or black with a thin rubber sole. Paired with a pair of dark colored slim or straight jeans, a shirt or simple t-shirt/jacket package and you're ready for a smart night out on the town. Ready to impress.
THE DRESS SHOE - Also known as the Oxford. For work and the super formal occasions, there are no exceptions. The classic all black laced dress shoe is a must. An all leather construction with a leather sole says "Formal" and "Classy" without a doubt. A must have for any man. Recent times have seen the birth of many new different designs and styles. If you're like most other people, you won't need more than a pair or two of dress shoes, and may face difficulty trying to choose one that suits you and your wardrobe best. Try and stick to the simple classic design and you won't have a problem matching it with your slacks or your suit.
Building a wardrobe can be a challenging task, stick to what suits your body and style best. When it comes to shoes you can't go wrong these three types of shoes as a start, sprucing up your look for any occasion. Of course there are other types of shoes you can purchase - boots, loafers, boat shoes, high-tops, etc. there are even a few types of dress shoes, classified by the way they're closed. But these are the three basic types of shoes i'd recommend every man should have before proceeding with the other variants. If you don't intend to purchase numerous pairs of shoes, stick to designs with simple lines and black/white or earthy colors. That way you won't have trouble matching your shoes to your wardrobe. Also consider spending a little more on top-dollar quality shoes, as they generally (well, in theory sometimes) last longer.
My Heart & Sole..
Shoes seem to flow in my blood, i blame my mum for it really. My mum used to idolize Imelda Marcos, and her sizable collection of shoes would be adequate to stock up a small women shoe store. Shoe fetish is proven to be hereditary - both my brother and i share a passion for shoes and fashion. We're lucky in a way, as we both wear almost the same sized shoes. Though my brother does occasionally buy shoes a half size smaller on purpose to curb me wearing them, and impose restrictions and guidelines for certain shoes. I on the other hand, have no qualms about sharing.
Between us, i think we have access to about 30-odd pairs of shoes, majority being sneakers. Unlike some shoe enthusiasts, we actually wear our shoes! including limited edition snake-skinned Nikes, rare Tiger's, Yasuhiro Mihara Pumas.. yeah, box fresh special editions fetch sky-high prices, but will you actually sell it when the time comes? i highly doubt it...
Always buy shoes that suit your wardrobe and you're comfortable with, ensuring that you'll always have an opportunity to wear them with a variety of clothes for a longer period of time. Here are pics of some of the shoes in the Heah stable...
Its wise to pay top dollar for shoes, this pair of classic BALLY loafers is 11 years old
Nike Force One Snake Skin
Nike Force One Snake Skin
The Dress Shoe
May god bless your sole!
* Shoe Pics Courtesy of: Sneakerhead, Nike, Sepick, Puma, Ebay, Amazon, Jwan, and Jinn Heah.