7 Stylish Types of Shoes for Men

Oct 30, 2019

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Sneakers
are a tried-and-true classic, and they’re great for the right occasion. But every
man needs different options in his wardrobe. You can’t wear the same pair of Converse
forever.

With
that in mind, we’ll review a few shoes that round out a well-curated
collection. Be open-minded and don’t hesitate to try something new if it
catches your eye.

If
you’re interested in stylish types of shoes for men, check out the following.

1. The Oxford

Possibly
the farthest cousin of the sneaker is the Oxford, the most formal shoe in your
repertoire. Always safe in black, with options in burgundy, brown, grey and
navy.

These
shoes complement your suit best. An ideal look is a pair of slacks. The right
pair of jeans and Oxfords are a good look, as well, so don’t be afraid to mix
things up a bit.  

Picture of Oxford shoes.

2. The Loafer

Loafers
are a classic selection that leaves more room for expression than something
formal. They allow you to dress up with socks and slacks, and you can also wear
them with shorts in the summer.

Select
a pair in suede for a fashion-forward statement that’s classy and refined, but
not stuffy. If you like this style, consider its
close cousin
,
the boat shoe.

3. Boots and Chukkas

While
the lower-cut chukka-style field boot has been made popular again by young
people, it’s technically just a derivation of the classic boot.

Commonly
made from full-grain leather, the right pair of boots can transition seamlessly
between work and play. Look for modern styles made with multi-functional
materials.

A
good pair of boots conveys a sophisticated look that’s casual but not childish.
If you don’t own a pair, you might be surprised at how much use they get.

Picture of boots.

4. Espadrilles

No
one wants to see your feet, trust us. It’s best to choose a full-toe shoe.
However, when it heats up outside, you’ll be tempted to wear something
breathable and comfy.

Enter
the Espadrille, a shoe that says you’re fashion-savvy, but know how to be
comfortable. This shoe was first mentioned
back in 1322

in a Catalan text. Espadrilles originate from humble beginnings, fraught with
politics and rebellion.

Unfortunately,
experts neglect much of this history. Today, these shoes are perfect for when
the sun’s rays are beating down. Choose a pair of shorts and your favorite tee
to compliment some classic slip-ons.

5. Retro Trainers

They
don’t make some things like they used to. You can still get quality shoes made
with modern construction techniques, however. Retro looks like the New Balance
574, Adidas Shell Toe and Reebok Classic have stood the test of time.

Sure,
these shoes are meant to hike through the mountains or run miles on the
treadmill. However, they’ll look excellent paired with a set of slacks and a
bomber jacket for a night out.

6. The Skate Shoe

This
shoe came on the scene in 1921, when Massachusetts-based
Randolph Rubber Company
built the first design. Unfortunately, the style didn’t explode until
50 years later.

These
highly-cushioned low-top designs were intended to provide extra grip for
skaters when pulling their board up into during an ollie. They featured
urban-inspired designs and reinforced toes. They also have plush lining to
provide hours of comfortable riding.

These
days, the skate shoe industry has expanded to offer options for people who’ve
never considered attempting an ollie. Some wearers might not even know what
that means. Bold styles and continued dedication to foot-cosseting comfort make
the skate shoe an excellent casual choice to pair with comfy shorts or jeans.

Picture of skate shoes.

7. White Leather Low-Tops

The
classic white low-top, one of the few sneakers you can certifiably wear in a
formal setting, is minimal and functional. You can find a number of options
from several brands.

The
only rule with these shoes is they must remain clean. White shouldn’t be worn
with new denim, as the dark dye can transfer from your pant legs to your crisp
white shoes.

Consider These Stylish Types of Shoes for Men

Are
you ready to complete your look? Then consider the shoes above. With the right
arsenal, you can prepare for any event, from a night on the town to a nephew’s
first birthday.

Do
you have a favorite style of shoes for men that work for any occasion? Tell us
about them below.


Author

Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche.