It’s not just the female of the species who can have serious shoe habits. There are many men who also can’t resist adding another pair of bold retro trainers, brown brogues or pop-colour suede loafers to their wardrobe, and why should they?
With so many exciting styles available for this season, and the next, it would be a shame to walk away now and miss the chance to pep up your collection.
Prints and patterns are big for menswear this season. Show your commitment to this SS14 trend by taking it from top to bottom; wear a geo-printed shirt with KG by Kurt Geiger’s Cassius trainers or create a beach look by combining Converse tie-dye trainers with Scotch & Soda’s floral shorts. Of course you have the power to decide where the patterns stop, but try to keep it to about two, tops three – to boldly go…
No need to go overboard when it comes to bright colours, you can simply switch it up with some sharp colour contrasting on the soles, laces or heels. Fun, contemporary and different, this bold detail may be small, but it’s hard to miss. Match your pocket square or tie with the colour accent on the shoes, as it’ll subtly indicate that you have the skills to pull together an outfit.
Right from the outset of their introduction in 1949, Converse classic black high-top trainers were worn by both professional and amateur basketball players across the USA. During the 1980s high-tops experienced a surge of popularity, which didn’t just benefit Converse, but other brands such as Adidas and Nike. Today, high-tops come to us from sports, as well as fashion labels. In our men’s shoes department, Dune and KG by Kurt Geiger are leading the charge this season.
A firm favourite for the office and evenings out, brown brogues have become as fundamental to a gent’s wardrobe as a crisp white shirt. Their classic design means they can be worn with a suits, jeans or shorts. Some brands have gone down the two-tone route to give them even more of a stand-out, retro appearance. It’s up to you if you want to keep it traditional, or go all out.
Colour blocking returns this summer, making bright shoes the essential accessory. Hard-to-miss blue and golden yellow shades can be seen a mile off. They clash beautifully with hot pink chinos and a Hackett London polo shirt. Loafers are also an excellent choice for the summer, as they’re lightweight, look good when worn without socks, and are easier to drive in than sandals.