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Boot up right on this winter

It is winter, and the time is perfect for men to let their shoes do the talking. TOI tells you how….   All you men out there, did you realize that your shoes — that oft-neglected accessory you slide your feet into every morning — actually play a significant role in first impressions, especially when […]

Boot up right on this winter

It is winter, and the time is perfect for men to let their shoes do the talking. TOI tells you how….

 

All you men out there, did you realize that your shoes — that oft-neglected accessory you slide your feet into every morning — actually play a significant role in first impressions, especially when it comes to women? A survey carried out a few years ago by a top American magazine had found that a man should own 12 pairs of shoes to be prepared for every occasion on the calendar. It’s another matter that the same survey pegged that number at 27 (!) for women.

We know, you hate wearing shoes in the humid killer of a Kolkata summer, but hey, winter is here. You can actually add that shine to your step now without having to worry about suffocating your feet. But, of course, winters tend to make your feet sweat a lot, kicking off that hellish stench that can clear a room within seconds of you taking your shoes off! So, make sure you wear thick cotton socks that soak sweat by the gallon and help keep your feet dry.

All said and done, what exactly are the 12 shoes every man must have? Let’s find out…

Dress boots
These are your sturdy partners for those suited-booted days! Pair these up with custom suits and be prepared to draw appreciating stares from your female colleagues. Never mind the fact that some male colleagues might turn a little green around their ears. These are especially great for formal open-air events on chilly evenings.

Monk straps
Bored with laces? Then these jazzy belted shoes are just what you are looking for. Formal to the heel, yet perfect for any casual outing, these shoes are must-haves for those who love to work their bottoms off during the day, and let their hair down after sundown. Weekends? That’s golf time!

Casual boots
Now, now, who doesn’t love a holiday? And if it’s a trek into the woods or a picnic into the wilderness, strap on a pair of these all-weather, all-terrain beauties. Pair ’em with comfort jeans, a button-up tee, a leather jacket, and go easy with those low bows when the compliments start pouring in!

Desert boots
These swede delights are a mite difficult to maintain, but go great with just about anything on a casual evening out. And the best part? These add that rough-and-tough appeal to your persona. So, get one of these and go, conquer the evening!

Boat shoes
These sturdy moccasins are perfect for those always on the move. Though not exactly what you can call formal, these shoes go well with formal as well as casual wear, especially jeans. Moreover, these shoes are good for just about any weather.

Brown Longwings
These ‘breathing’ classics are your evergreen work partners. These go perfectly with everything from jeans to suits, and are appropriate for everything except very formal occasions or important business meetings.

Black cap-toe Oxfords
These have been around since your school days and are still in fashion. Match these with jeans, tapered trousers or business suits, and blend in. But, avoid wearing one to an extremely formal occasion.

Espadrilles
These casual beauties are just the thing for casual evenings and long walks. Designed for pure comfort, Espadrilles are perfect for casual get-togethers, late evening dates or evening romantic dinners.

White leather/canvas sneakers
Remember those physical training sessions back in school? Well, those good ol’ canvas sneakers can be your lifelong mates if you know what to pair ’em with. After all, what do you wear during those badminton matches with para mates or hotties on all those winter evenings?

Sport/jogging sneakers
These are your heavy-duty companions for just about any occasion — right from the morning jog to the office or family picnic to the evening in the bar. Strap these on, and feel the power coursing through your body.

Jodhpuris/Kolhapuris
Now, we’re not exactly American, and here, most ceremonial occasions call for kurtas or sherwanis or what can be dubbed Indian formal wear. So, how can you omit Indian shoes from your stable? These stylish leather footwear not only go great with kurtas etc, but also with western wear like jeans and baggy slacks. Just remember to apply some oil on your feet the first time you wear these hard leather shoes. These tend to bite really hard at the outset, but after that these just melt over your feet!

Penny loafers
Goodbye laces and straps, loafers rule! For all those who hate shoes because of the putting on and taking off hassles, loafers are heaven-sent. And the best part? These go perfectly well with just about anything — formal or casual.

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Fusae Campbell

Written by Fusae Campbell

My nickname is Yaya. I love fashion and online shopping.