You know that scene in New York movies from a certain era when the protagonist walks into a preposterously massive closet and the camera slowly pans around the space while dramatic music swells in the background? (It’s the stuff of fairytales, really.) Why can’t, for once, that character be a sneaker-obsessed dude stumbling into a DJ Khaled-like treasure trove of shoes, jaw agape at the sheer amount of heat concentrated in one place? The next time I have to sit through a near pornographic montage of neatly organized Louboutins, I want it to be followed by a lengthy scene starring nothing but an awestruck NYC emigre and racks of rare Jordans. It’s only fair, man! You know how important that would be for sneakerheads around the world? The memes that moment would inspire might generate enough chatter online to warrant Netflix picking up the rights to a TV spinoff.
The truth is, you shouldn’t need a closet nearly that large to store all your shoes. (And you definitely shouldn’t need one that big just for your sneakers.) As cinematic as it may seem, there’s no reason one man should ever have enough shoes to fill an entire damn closet, let alone one the size of most Manhattan apartments. This year, resolve to finally take stock of your consumption habits by whittling down your shoe collection to a tightly edited rotation of styles you actually wear. Take the time to figure out what sparks the most joy and then track down the best version of it. Sure, all of those pithy bromides about “buying less” and “buying better” might sound a bit cliched at this point, but they’ve stuck around for a reason: there’s more than a few kernels of truth mixed in there.
And yes, life on lockdown has upended much of the way we dress, especially when it comes to footwear. But there are still some shoes you’ll never regret buying, regardless of when you’re heading back to the office—be it in one month or twelve. (Or, hell, never!) These are the shoes every dude should own, whether you’re cosplaying as a wide-eyed character on Sex and the City daydreaming about life in the Big Apple or a hardened shopper looking to start fresh in the new year.
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OK, first things first: the basics. You really don’t ever need to overthink it when it comes to sandals. Snag a pair of black Adidas Adilette slides and wear them year round.
Best Knockaround Shoe
OG Old Skool LX Sneakers
Everyone could use (at least) one pair of Vans in their closest. Old Skools are, well, old-school, and a black-and-white color combination will never go out of style.
No man should be forced to pad around his place barefoot, ever. And Ugg slippers are: Worth. It. Seriously, it might be the best hundred(ish) bucks you ever spend. They’re comfy as hell, and you’ll look forward to putting them on every time you get out of bed in the morning.
Best For Long Days on Your Feet
Every guy needs a pair of sneakers that he can comfortably walk in, especially right now. New Balances have been getting the job done for just about as long as walking’s been a bona fide pastime.
Like we said: you really do need a pair.
Once the weather calls for a little more coverage than a desert boot can provide, Docs are a sure bet. Break them in during the winter and then never take ’em off again come spring.
Best All-Around Workout Sneaker
Metcon 6 Training Shoes
Every guy needs a shoe that helps him through his workout without getting in the way. Nike’s Metcon sneaker is the one to invest in. Its expertly balanced silhouette makes it ideal for any type of workout you need it for: There’s a flat surface for lifting, extra support for lateral movements, and a wide toe box for running.
Duke Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots are an essential piece of footwear; they’re comfortable, streamlined, and practically emanate old-school cool. Leather and suede are both solid options, but the former tends to stay looking new longer. (And, as always, you can never go wrong with brown.)
Cheyanne II Boots
Snow boots are the kind of shoes you don’t really need until, suddenly, you really, really do. Don’t waste your money on trying out a bunch of styles that won’t protect your feet when the snow starts falling. Sorel’s tried-and-true Cheyanne II boot provides waterproofed warmth in spades.
Capri Triple White Sneakers
The only thing better than owning a pair of pristine white sneakers? Owning a pair you can conceivably wear with everything else in your closet. Koio makes sleek footwear so nice you can—yes— actually rock ’em with a suit (whenever you have occasion to wear a suit again).
Best Work Boot
Classic Moc Boot
Red Wing’s classic moc boot is built to last, which, it should be noted, is still the No. 1 reason to invest in a solid pair of shoes. Pair with a parka and then brave the elements with ease.
Archie Leather Brogues
Come hell or high water, a classic pair of brogues will always be a safe bet. Grenson’s been making its signature Archie silhouette since the brand set up shop in the late 1800s (well, almost), pioneering a little old method called the Goodyear welt in the process. If you’re looking for dress shoes you’ll never dread wearing, these are them.
Best For Any and Every Occasion
Park Avenue Oxford
Most of the time, a brown dress shoe does just fine. But for those rare occasions when brown isn’t the color for the job, a plain black cap-toe will always—and I mean always—be appropriate.
Michael Bison Shoe
Paraboot’s iconic Michael derby offers all the polished sophistication of a dress shoe sans any of the stuffiness. It’s the sort of style that’ll immediately elevate a cropped pair of chinos (or some heavily-cuffed wide wale cords) and a chunky cable knit in a way your sneakers never could.
Easy Roos Horsebit Collapsible-Heel Leather Loafers
An Italian-made loafer represents the pinnacle of premium footwear. Gucci’s signature horsebit style is beautifully crafted out some of the nicest leather known to man, making it the kind of shoe you and your progeny will pass on for generations.
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Source : Esquire