Three pairs of shoes every man should own

Classic Shoe Styles 5 Mens Lacoste Alisos

Okay, guys, let’s be real—I know many of you out there keep a “shoe crypt” in your house. Filled with out-of-date dress shoes, smelly old trainers, and mandals galore, this place—usually some unlucky closet—is where trendy footwear goes to die.

I’m here to tell you that this tomb for lifeless footwear doesn’t have to exist; there are ways to cut down on the number of shoes in your life and still have a vast amount of versatility in your wardrobe. Read on to learn how to properly refresh your shoe stash with a number of classic, timeless styles.

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These classic dress shoes have always been in style. And, they’re extremely versatile: a pair of polished, black oxfords or brogues can take you from the office to a night out in no time. Recently, however, we have seen these styles making a comeback in street fashion. Pair them with a soft knit sweater and a pair of jeans, and you have a quick, easy outfit that looks wonderfully put-together.

Our Pick: Florsheim Castellano Wing Ox in Saddle Tan

A classic oxford look makes this style a timeless one. With smooth, full grain leather uppers and a supportive, fully cushioned footbed, these gorgeous shoes are perfect for casual or office wear.

 

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Sneakers in different shades of leather and suede are possibly the most versatile men’s shoes out there. While they’re typically worn in more casual settings, fashion-forward men everywhere are now pairing them with slacks for office-appropriate wear. However, if you’re not that adventurous, these look classically stylish when worn with any pair of jeans and a simple tee.

Our pick: Lacoste Alisos in Off-White

This shoe’s low profile combines colour blocking with premium leather and suede for a chic update to any wardrobe. Pair with absolutely any outfit to let their true adaptability shine!

 

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Finally, every man needs a pair of simple, neutral leather dress shoes. Whether you’re using them for the office or a simple night out, these babies will carry you from season to season. Recently, there has been a surge in the use of both mixed-media uppers and intricate detailing in these styles, allowing you to add more visual interest to your ensembles in a tasteful, understated way.

Our picks: Hush Puppies Otis Style in Tan

Hush Puppies’ Otis Style shoe, which features perforated leather at the toe, exemplifies the beauty of simple, intricate detailing. When paired with a gray suit, this style really pops, helping you to create an easy, eye-catching look that is effortlessly smart. And, with its sheepskin leather-lined footbeds and HP02Flex foam cushioning, this style offers a surprising amount of comfort and support. Read This Article

So, go forth and clean out your shoe crypt, using these tips to refresh both your footwear collection and your personal style. Put your clunky old shoes to rest and join us in-store to find styles that will make you—and your feet—feel at peace.

by Corrina Mosca

As Align’s fashion blogger, Corrina carefully sources exciting, educational and entertaining content for Align's social media channels. Currently, she is a second-year student at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a double major in English and Art History. Her studies in these fields have allowed her to further cultivate her affinity for visual media, fashion and the written word, helping her to bring added creativity, flair and clarity to her work If you're looking for style advice with a twist, keep your eyes on Corrina's blog. Her pieces are simultaneously informative and amusing, giving interested Align customers a learning experience like no other.