When you think of the different kinds of shoes a person can own, let’s be very honest, the answers would usually range from that sexy pair of stilettos or quirky wedges to the more practical pair of loafers that have vibrant colour for that extra oomph. The visualisation in such a case would also be of a dainty pair of feet slipping into those gorgeous footwear. But what of the men, we ask?
It’s not fair to deny men the choice and range of footwear to make sure he’s well up-to-date with today’s fashionable demands and, not only that, why should they not have any variation when it comes to slipping their sturdy feet into a comfortable yet stylish pair?
In India, men have had a choice between padukas, mojris, sandals, jutis and closed shoes, of course; in the Western hemisphere, did you know high heels were actually invented for men, and not women? Even now, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you can always recognise gentleman by his shoes. And it is with that sentiment in mind, we make an endeavour that you always make the right impression.
According to Samarpita Dasgupta, fashion director, Roposo, a fashion social network, “An attire makes a statement when your shoes are on point.” Which is why, Dasgupta has set out to list the five essential types of footwear every man must own, and that would see him through any situation:
Derby Shoes: The mainstay of office formals, this is a classic must-have pair for all the boardroom boys. A brown lace-up with contoured edges is a must-have in every man’s shoe-drobe for that classic and timeless charm.
Mojris: From bandhgalas to sherwanis, complete your ethnic route by staying rooted to tradition. Also recommended this season is pairing up your mojris with a slim-fit mandarin collared shirt and dhoti pants.
Sneakers: The essential casual pair — which once made its mark only for sports and outdoors and often paired with jeans, chinos and shorts — have recently turned into a swag statement for the youth brigade. The flavour of the season are the solid white sneakers, which work best with casual jogger pants, printed shorts and regular tees.
Slip Ons: From holidays to a date, slip-ons are your go-to shoes — after all, it means you’re ready for absolutely anything! They work really well for a vacation, and go great with linen and denim shorts. Throw in a casual blazer and duffel and you are all set for your dapper travelogues. Keep an extra pair of waterproof ones handy for those sudden monsoon rains.
Tan Sandals: Multistrap brown sandals are perfect for pairing up with your casual shorts. You can also pair them with an all-linen outfit.