Shoes Every Man Should Own

10 Different Shoes Every Man Should Own For Each Occasion

Perfect collection of footwear


No closet is complete without the perfect collection of footwear that can get you out of any situation. The two simple rules to follow when building your shoe collection is versatility and quality. Choose shoes that can cover all aspects of your life, from going to the gym, to work or drinks with your friends. When choosing a pair of shoes, invest in good quality, as they will last you longer and add class to your outfit.

To help you build the perfect shoe collection and get you covered for every occasion, here are the essentials, divided into three categories:


1. Oxford

They got their name form a type of half boot really popular in the 1800s at Oxford University and are considered the shoe of the professionals. You can't get more classic than that. Oxford shoes are the go-to footwear that completes every formal outfit. The classic lace-up front never goes out of style and they go perfect with any type of suit. Try them in black for an evening black-tie event or a get a brown pair for business meetings and job interviews. To keep them in good shape, remember to polish them one in a while, so the leather keeps looking like new.

2. Derby:

Although chunkier than the Oxford, the Derby shoe is the perfect smart-casual footwear. They are the perfect option if you want to dress down a pair of tailored pants or dress up a casual outfit. The difference between them and the Oxford is the construction, having the tongue as part of the vamp, while the Oxford has the tongue stitched separately. The key to choosing a good pair of Derbies is to keep it simple, so they can be more versatile. The Derbies are the go-to men's wide fit shoes, making them practical as well as stylish.

3. Brogue:

The favorites of today's gentlemen, they look somewhat similar to the oxfords but are differentiated by the perforations on the upper part of the shoe. The perforations used to have a practical meaning, as brogues originated from Scotland and were designed with real holes in them, to drain out the water that accumulated from walking through the marshes and bogs. You'll see them mostly in shades of brown, but the black ones work out just as well. They are less formal than the oxfords and are perfect for office wear.


4. Sandals:

Although sandals may be thought to look feminine, the right style can be your best option for a summer vacation, to keep your feet from heating up. Paired with some casual jeans and a white shirt, they can help you achieve the Mediterranean look you've been looking for. Not to mention that sandals are healthy because they allow your feet to breathe and keep your posture.

5. Espadrilles:

Being around in Europe since the 14th century and having origins in both Greece and France, espadrilles are the best option for summer, being more versatile and put-together than flip-flops. Inexpensive versions can be found in every shop, especially in Southern Europe, but big brands have come up with some versions too. They can be worn anywhere, from the beach to the bar and go well with both shorts and jeans. Plus, if you want to go even further, make them your top choice for a wedding by the beach or pool, but keep in mind to never wear them with socks.

6. Loafers:

Loafers are the perfect example of how you can balance formal and casual wear. They are normally made of leather or suede and come in a variety of styles. If you want to go for a more formal-looking pair of loafers, choose one that has a higher vamp. The vamp is the from part of your shoe, going from the toe to the top of your foot. For a more casual pair, go with the ones with a lower vamp. If you feel like going a little fancier, choose a pair with tassels, to wear with your jeans rolled up just above the ankle. The versatility of the shoes makes them a top choice for everyone, from bankers to sports enthusiasts and prep boys.

7. Leather boots:

You don't have to own a motorcycle to wear leather boots. They are the best option for an effortless but put-together cold weather outfit. They work wonders with casual outfits but can be incorporated into a semi-formal look as well. Pair them with some jeans, a shirt and a tailored suit coat for a casual meeting. Boots come in a variety of styles, from the more classic ones, usually with a clean cut and elastic top, ready to be slipped on, to the lace-up biker boots, there is one pair to fit every taste.


8. Trainers:

The perfect gym-shoes should give you the right support, to help protect your ankles from injuries when running or working out, but lightweight, to give you the needed comfort. But with everybody going fitness-crazy these days, event picking out running shoes requires some thought put into it. Pick a neutral color, to keep them versatile and stain-free. The sole should be flexible, to allow your feet to bend naturally when running and breathable textile material, to allow air to circulate.

9. Sneakers:

A pair of good sneakers can get you out of any situation. From a walk in the park to a casual date or even casual Friday at work. The best thing about sneaker is that being such a classic shoe, they come in various styles and it's almost impossible not to find a pair that suits your style best, be it leather or cotton canvas. Choose a minimalist looking pair, to get as much use of them as possible. Avoid any obvious logos, to keep your aspect polished.

10. Slip-ons:

Almost as classic as the sneakers, the sports slip-on are a must in your wardrobe, to complete your weekend outfit. They are, as their name says, easy to slip-on and hop out the door. They are breathable and comfortable, giving a sense of youth to every outfit.

Popular Right Now

13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.


Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Met Gala 2019: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

We'll just ignore the fact I won't ever be invited to The Met Gala.


I'm not much of an awards show kind of person and I don't care much for fashion week, but the Met Gala — that's a whole other story. I love the unconventional looks, I love the creativity and I love the art behind the fashion. That being said, my biggest pet peeve with the Met Gala, is people who do not follow the theme! Why spend $35,000 on a ticket (if you made it onto the guest list) and not follow the theme?

The 2019 Met Gala theme was 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. The idea of Camp is to be outrageous, ironic or just plain humorous. So this wasn't the time for subtly. Let's start with the ugly.

Ugly, to me, are people who didn't even try to fit the theme. So I'm talking plain black dresses, regular suits, etc. The top three ugly Met Gala fits: Liam Hemsworth, Kanye West and Rihanna.

I know, I know the burning question – RIHANNA? It hurts to say. But the Queen of the Met Gala, who kills it every year, was nowhere in sight and that was terribly painful.

Liam Hemsworth, also pains me to say, but the plain tux was not cute for Camp. We could've had emerald green accents to compliment Miley Cyrus' outfit. An emerald tie, emerald shoes, something Liam!

Kanye West didn't bother with a suit, which is forgivable in the case of Camp, but instead went with what's being reported as a $40 black Dickies jacket along with black pants and shoes. According to Kim Kardashian, he did this to let her be the star of the red carpet, but I mean, come on. It's the MET GALA.

Now onto the bad. To me, the bad are people who it is apparent they tried, but I know they could've popped off harder. My top three are James Charles, Harry Styles and Tracy Ellis Ross.

Again this is all painful, but starting with the co-chair of the Met Gala himself- Harry Styles. Now Harry looked good, as always, but he just wore a black jumpsuit with a partially see-through top. I know Harry could've gone harder!

Next is Tracy Ellis Ross. She wore a black dress with a golden frame around her head. Which again, there was effort, but there was nothing outrageous or crazy about the fit.

And lastly, James Charles. Unlike some of Twitter, I had no problem with YouTubers being invited to the Met Gala because they are making huge waves in our society. However, I did have a problem with James' outfit. Compared to his creative makeup looks and his Coachella outfits that are known to spark conversation. I know he could have done much better with this creative theme.

Now for the good! To me, good is people who nailed the theme and who killed the red carpet. My top three in this category are: Ciara, Jared Leto and Janelle Monae.

These people really brought the art with them, which was amazing and the put effort into every aspect of their looks.

Ciara wore an emerald green, sparkling full-length dress and had a huge afro with green eye makeup. The look was stunning and head turning. There was no subtly about it.

Jared Leto wore a red full-length robe that was decorated with silver jewels and he carried a wax figure of his own head. Very artistic and a little absurd, just the way Camp intended.

And Janelle Monae used a hot pink, black and white palette. With about five hats of different sizes on her head, a color block dress and facial features embedded into the dress and a purse that completed the face. It was out of the ordinary and super extra.

Lastly, here are some people who killed the Met Gala but they always do so there was no surprise. Here are my top two Met Gala royals: Zendaya and Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga is usually the Queen of Camp in general. There was no way she wasn't going to kill the Met Gala. Gaga had four outfit changes, each outfit smaller than the last. Lady Gaga's look was stellar and even with less fabric she still achieved the head-turning fashion that is Camp.

Zendaya kills the Met Gala every year. She is always on theme and always looks amazing. This year she wore a Cinderella-inspired look complete with glass slippers and a Fairy Godbrother who used his wand to make a smoky transformation for Zendaya. In addition, Zendaya left a glass slipper behind and wore a pink dress to the after party. This also fell into the Camp theme for its extravagance and for the irony. Zendaya started with Disney Channel and just recently ended her partnership with Disney, she has been moving on to more adult roles in movies and TV shows.

These were my thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2019 Met Gala.


Related Content

Facebook Comments