4 Different Types of Men’s Shoes

The Basics of Men’s Shoes

Women are obsessed with shoes, but men need only a few pairs of shoes to get them though every occasion. This makes purchasing men’s shoes quite affordable. As a man, you will only need 1-2 pairs of shoes from each of the following categories: dress shoes, casual shoes, work boots and athletic shoes. How many pairs of shoes you need for each occasion depends on your lifestyle. If you are a businessman, you may invest in several pairs of dress shoes. If you are active in sports, you may require more pairs of athletic shoes. This article will break down the different categories of shoes for men’s footwear.

Men’s Dress Shoes

Deciding on dress shoes can be relatively simple if you know what you are looking for. Choosing simple, basic colors to coordinate with your shirt and pants will allow you to get away with owning a small collection of shoes. Choose black or dark gray shoes for suits that are black, blue or gray. Choose brown ortan shoes for suits with earthy colors. If dress shoes are required for work, purchase several pairs. Otherwise, one pair of dress shoes will last you a lifetime. The only time you will need them is at fancy dinners and special events, such as weddings, funerals and job interviews. For very dressy occasions, wear dress shoes that are very shiny, very black and that have a thin heel. Oxfords, also known as Balmorals, are a good option. The Vamp on Oxfords has a v-shaped slit with attached laces.

Your other option is loafers. You can wear loafers with just about anything including business suits, sports jackets and sweaters. One pair of black loafers and one pair of brown loafers will do.

Dockers Men’s Perspective Moc Run Off Toe Oxford
Casual Shoes

Casual shoes can be worn with T-shirts, shorts, jeans, or khakis. One type of casual shoe is slip-ons. Slip-ons are shoes that your feet slide right in to. They are prefect for putting on or taking off your shoes very quickly. Slip-ons include clogs, leather shoes, and sporty shoes. Very popular now are sporty casual shoes. These are shoes that are very relaxed and comfy, but have athletic features, such as bright colors, stripes and breathable fabric. They are more for comfort, not for physical activity. You can also opt for sandals and flip-flops. They are great for the summer and allow your feet to breathe. Flip-flops are perfect to wear to public facilities, such as the pool or gym. You may need several pairs of sandals and flip-flops since they are not as durable as other types of men’s foot wear.

Skechers Men’s Solver Casual Slip-On
Work Boots

When deciding on what work boots to buy, consider comfort first. If you are wearing work boots, you are most likely doing physical labor and you do not need to put added stress on your body by having sore feet. Look for boots with a good thread and thick soles. You can also get work boots that are specific to your needs, such as rain boots, snow boots and hiking boots. Hiking boots used to be heavy and bulky, but these days they are lightweight and comfortable. If you engage in outdoor activities, Merrill is a popular shoe store that specifically meets customer needs and has custom shoes for foot problems. Their shoes have insulation to keep your feet dry and warm.

Timberland Pro Men’s Direct Attach 6″ Soft Toe Boot
Athletic Shoes

There are so many athletic shoes out there that it can be quite confusing. It seems like there is a sports shoes for just about every activity and occasion. The most popular sneakers are those made for running and walking. For running shoes, look for a shoe that has cushioning, or is shock absorbent. Sneakers should fit comfortably as well. If your shoes are too tight, your feet will constantly rub against the sneaker causing calluses, corns, and blisters. Finally, make sure the shoe is flexible. As a runner, you want a shoe that easily bends while in motion. For other types of athletic shoes, comfort is key. Make sure you purchase sneakers that are designed for the specific activity you are going to use them for. Popular athletic shoe brands include Nike, New Balance, Reebok and Asics.