They say you can tell a lot about a Man from the shoe he wears. Sadly enough its TRUE, people look at your shoes and make a quick judgment about your character, your values, and your priorities. For the non-believers, envision yourself in your favorite sneakers or shoes, strolling thru the mall or meeting your girlfriend for dinner. I bet your strut is different, your attitude, your demeanor its all different. Why? Because a man has few accessories or clothing items that can allow him to express his taste and sophistication. The items should be well-thought out. Its your “This is who I am” moment. Like the old saying goes “a house with shaky foundation is bound to sink and fall apart”; much like a well-dressed gentlemen with a tailored outfit and unsightly shoes.
With that said. Colder months are approaching giving you the perfect excuse to ditch your sneakers for a more appropriate fall look. Look below as Mr. Aesthetic and RadioChumps explore the essential Fall Shoe….
Remembering that this in investment piece, splurge a little, between $150 to $250 should bring you style and quality. And sorry, even though Aldo might seem affordable. It’s not. Go for a brand like Colehann, Hugo Boss, or Allen Edmonds. It will pay dividends in the long run.
If you’re debating well why do I need a dressy shoe? First off it’s not a dressy shoe. It’s an appropriate shoe, for appropriate occasions! Meeting her parents? Yea you could wear sneakers, you could also go to work in pajamas. But would you do it? Of course not, in life there are rules. And until you know the rules. Well you can’t break em.
Below is breakdown of shoes that are “appropriate” not dressy.
As you can see a night on the town can result in a blazer, t-shirt, and jeans. Now if you’re bar hopping, or deciding to go somewhere snazzy. The ultimate denominator for entry will be your footwear. Wingtips offer such versatility for the mere fact, you look good enough to get in, but you don’t look like your trying too hard.
“When you try is when you die hard”
Lets say your hanging out, meeting up with friends you haven’t seen in years. Button-up, fitted pants, boats shoes? Nope it’s fall, you had the whole summer for that. Oh yes, those wingtips. That’s an appropriate shoe especially for the Fall with temperatures dropping daily.
Style is and will always be about context, appropriateness, when you understand what outfit or attire matches the setting. You’ll always look like the most stylish man in the room. When form meets function.
Thank Me Later… – Mr. Aesthetic
All Photos taken by Ayana Gibbs