The surest barometer for measuring a man’s style is his shoes. Any investment of time, money, and care taken in dressing the body is squandered by the man who neglects his feet.
Fashionable clothing is not the only way to achieve that perfect look. You are also required to get yourself the most stylish and stunning shoes so that your look is complete when you step out of your house.
Good shoes help to give your look and personality a new dimension. We all know that shoes form an important part of men’s closet and hence purchasing different varieties of shoes for your closet is necessary
Your shoes should not only look good on you but also should be well coordinated with your clothes. A fashion conscious individual should be well aware of the fact how he can make his look perfect by choosing the matching shoes.
Wearing the right kind of footwear doesn’t only mean that it is of good quality but also because it looks good and sophisticated. This is the concept that all men should adhere to.
While advances in textile manufacture and global supply chain management have reduced the cost of clothing significantly in recent decades, good footwear has not gotten cheaper.
Quality dress shoes start around 30, 000, naira and they are well worth it. They are incredibly comfortable, even when new, and will last twenty years if properly cared for.
Unlike suits and ties, a man rarely risks appearing overdressed in fine shoes, so they offer today’s man a way to bring class to his attire without drawing snide comments from t-shirted friends and family.
If you are still smarting from the thought of spending 30,000 on a pair of shoes, consider this: locally mad shoes consist of cheap leather glued to rubber soles cost at least 10,000 naira and can generally be expected to last two years at most. At this point, the leather develops notable signs of fatigue, and the soles crack or wear thin.
On the other hand, the good shoes, made of good leather stitched to leather soles, will last decades depending on how you walk, they may need resoling every few years.
Quality shoe leather actually improves with age, as it develops a deep, rich shine from years of polish. Thus, good shoes are an investment that will pay dividends long after their cost is forgotten, along with most anything else a man could have spent his money on.
Once you have invested in a decent pair of shoes, you must care for them properly if you wish for them to last.
When you buy them, also buy a pair of cedar shoe trees. These spring-loaded contraptions fit into your shoes when you take them off, returning the shoes to their original shape and absorbing moisture and odor.
Ideally, the shoe trees should be left in for twenty-four hours after each wearing, which means owning at least two pairs of shoes. If you can only afford to buy one pair when starting out, at least having the shoe trees in overnight will help the shoes stand up to constant wear until you can afford to bring in reinforcements.
When putting shoes on, always use a shoe horn, to prevent increasing the leather around the heel.
Finally, good shoes require polish. Unpolished leather looks sloppy and immature, and will also fray and crack. It takes only ten or fifteen minutes to clean and polish a pair of shoes when the need arises, and less than sixty seconds each morning to brush the dirt out of the cracks and run a rag across the tops.
Polish them with the trees in, first cleaning the leather some leather cleaner. This prevents layers of polish from accumulating into gunk, and also helps to preserve the leather.
Then, work the polish into the leather with your ‘dirty’ rag, let it set for five minutes, and wipe off the excess residue with the same rag. For the finish, buff them vigorously with a clean rag, taking care that left and right emerge with the same degree of shine.