They say “clothes make the man,” but I’d have to argue that shoes make all the difference. I mean, have you ever scanned the outfit of a well-dressed man and found it punctuated by flip-flops? No ma’am!
Footwear is crucial, but that doesn’t mean he has to reinvent the wheel every season. In fact, timeless trends abound this spring/summer: Think classic oxfords and casual boat shoes but updated with flair. Here are a few styles that will complete his wardrobe for the warmer months ahead.
Know His Taste
When shopping for the man in your life, it’s best to embrace your mission at hand. That includes knowing what he likes, what size he wears (obviously) and if the brands he’s interested in are consistent in sizing (that 10½ chukka at Steve Madden might be a 9½ at Topman). When in doubt, always be sure to keep the receipt or ask for a gift receipt.
The Boat Shoe
For the man who never gets too dressed up, the boat shoe reigns supreme. From Brooklyn hipsters to modern prepsters, this iconic look works on all types (it’s sort of like the little black dress for men). Although the boat shoe comes in various colors and textures, and every brand seems to have its own version, Sperry remains the king of this style with its Sperry Top-Sider ($85 at Macy’s). It’s perfect for fishing, lounging on a yacht or gallivanting the street with his sweetheart. For an updated version, try the Men’s Original Tanned Boat Shoe ($95) or take it to another level with the Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe ($150), both from Sperry. (Save up to 50% off select men’s styles at Sperry.)
Clockwise from top left: Sperry Top-Sider; Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe; Men’s Original Tanned Boat Shoe
The Camouflaged Shoe
From the smallest detail to full-blown prints, camouflage is absolutely everywhere. This is the trend to reckon with for 2013. However, sometimes camo can be a little too much. That’s why donning this trend on your shoes is a less-overbearing solution.
Try the Bellfield Juno Desert Boots ($58.19 at ASOS), Dispair “Moorgate” Print Shoes ($70 at Topman), Desert Boot ($119.99 at Clarks) or Steve Madden’s Chuckkaa ($109.95 at Steve Madden). See how many options there are? The camo trend is banging. (Through May 31, save 15% off $80 sitewide plus free shipping at Steve Madden.)
Clockwise from top left: Clarks Desert Boot; Dispair “Moorgate” Print Shoes; ASOS Bellfield Juno Desert Boots; Steve Madden Chuckkaa
The Strappy Sandal
This season, the trends are showing different straps with thinner soles. From Alexander McQueen’s Double Buckle Sandal ($615 at Barneys) to EF by Enrico Fantini’s Sandal ($106 at Yoox), there are quite a few options to please you both. I have a simpler version of this trend by the Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s: the Cross Strap Leather Thongs ($135.) (Save 10% off sitewide plus free shipping at Yoox.)
From left: Alexander McQueen’s Double Buckle Sandal, EF by Enrico Fantini’s Sandal, and Cross Strap Leather Thongs
The Casual Sneaker
When he’s not dressing up, let him rock a casual but stylish sneaker. It’s one of those items every guy needs. Try a pair of Keds’ Triumph ($65) or Topman’s Hi Top Trainers ($80) with a cool pair of pants or shorts for his next day in the park. (Get free shipping at Keds and Topman.)
Keds’ Triumph (left) and Topman’s Hi Top Trainers
The Bright Shoe
Spring is all about color, and shoes are an exceptionally brilliant place for it. Whether it’s Lanvin’s neon-blue snakeskin inset on its Butted Seam Blucher ($895 at Barneys), Wolverine’s bright blue-soled 1883 Wing-Tip Brogue ($125 at Revolve Clothing) or Keds’ casually neon Champion ($45), remember it doesn’t have to be bold to be beautiful. (Get 10% off your order at Revolve Clothing.)
From left: Lanvin Butted Seam Blucher; Wolverine Wing-Tip Brogue; Keds’ Champion sneaker
There comes a time in a man’s life when casual just won’t do. Whether it’s for date night or an evening soiree, sleek and suave win the race. Check out the Chelsea Boots with Zip ($83.13 at ASOS), Star Sid Commuter Cap Toe Oxfords ($198 at Bloomingdale’s) or J Shoes’ Troop ($184 at Revolve Clothing). And, of course, every man deserves a great pair of wing-tips: Try the Hallowell Wingtip ($278) by John Varvatos. This guy really knows how to make a good shoe. (Get 10% off your order when you sign up for Bloomingdale’s newsletters.)
Clockwise from top left: ASOS Chelsea Boots with Zip; Star Sid Commuter Cap Toe Oxfords; J Shoes’ Troop; John Varvatos Hallowell Wingtip
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