Most men only have two types of shoes : Official and Casual shoes (sneakers). There is more to shoes than those two words. You need to learn the names of the shoes you wear and try and add a diverse range of styles to your collection. Gone are the days when men were supposed to be boring and very plain in their look. Now, men are trendy and are not scared of standing out. These are the shoes I recommend.
1. BLACK OXFORDS
Oxfords first appeared in Scotland and Ireland.They are v-shaped and have laces attached on the slit.They have so much character and convey British charm ,elegance and tradition.
Good Oxfords have a round toe and are comfortable .They should be worn with chinos,khaki ,jeans and suits.When wearing them,make sure that the trousers reach just at the top of the shoe to avoid hiding the detail of the shoe.
2. DERBY SHOES
Derby shoes are characterized by their shoe lace eyelet tabs that are sewn on top of the slit.
They are comfortable shoes and more casual compared to the Oxfords. Derbys can be found in different colors ,shapes and sizes and can be put on with casual khakis and chinos.
3. MONK STRAPS
It is very popular in suede and is worn with or without socks.
It is a formal shoe but less formal compared to the oxford shoe and more formal compared to the Derby shoe.It can be dressed up or down,with a suit or with denim.
Boots are shoes that cover the entire foot and the popular ones worn by men go up to the ankle.They have a heel that stands out from the heel.
Boots have been in the market for a long time and come in a variety of styles and shapes.From the jungle boots ,combat boots to the Chelsea boot(in the picture above) ,which is the made of leather and is popular with men.
They can be worn with both official and casual trousers.
5. TUXEDO SHOES
They are formal wear.Tuxedo shoes are a combination of the oxford style and a classic tone of black leather. They are worn on black tie occasions and complement suits perfectly.
6. BOAT SHOES
Boat shoes were originally designed for sailors to use on a boat hence the name.They have a pattern cut into the sole s to provide grip on a wet deck.
They are simple and very comfortable.However these shoes are put on without socks.They are casual.They can be put on with shorts,chinos and jeans.
They are slip-on shoes and are lace-less shoes. Most of them have either tassels at the front or metallic decorations. They are casual shoes and go well with chinos,shorts,jeans.They also come in different colors and styles.
They are made of a rubber sole and the upper side is made of canvas or leather.They were originally sporting gear but as time went by they were revolutionized and used as casual wear.They are worn with almost anything EXCEPT official wear. Popular brands are: Fubu, Nike and Adidas.
They can either be boots,loafers or brogues. Most men shy away from these shoes because they come in bright colors and the patterns are busy.The good thing about them is that they are made locally so you have a choice in terms of color and material. They can be worn casual shoes with shorts ,jeans and chinos.
Now that you know what shoes every man must own, take out your check list and cross out the ones you have and prepare to shop because its time to upgrade your collection. You can get these shoes in these stores in Nairobi.