With the winter months behind us, it’s time to freshen up your wardrobe. And what better place to start than your shoes.
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The black slip-on
It’s time to push your heavy Oxfords to the back of the wardrobe, and grab something a little more comfortable and easy for work. There’s been a real resurgence in slip-ons, and they’re more than passable for work in the warmer months.
A tip for buying slip-ons: Sizing is king with slip-ons. All leather shoes stretch, and often up to half a size. You will slip out the back of your slip-ons once they loosen if they’re too comfortable when you first buy them. Try and squeeze into the smaller size – one or two days of pain is well worth it in the long run.
Chocolate brown shoes are great for winter, but as the weather warms up it’s good to move with it. A tan lace-up gives life to your navy suits in summer, and will inevitably work with most of your lighter grey (summer) suits. It’s easy to go too far though, so aim for this shoe to have more of a classic look. A brogue or wing-tip adds a touch of sophistication and keep the shoe formal enough for the office.
Tan is also a great option for the Spring Racing Carnival, and often even works under denim. Please, for my sake, just make sure the colour of your belt is a close matches.
The Suede Boot
Now that the weather is a little more stable, suede is a great option. A pointed suede boot is suitable for afternoon drinks, and effortlessly transitions to nightwear. This is your Friday Shoe – you’ll the best dressed guy for ‘casual Fridays’, and throw a jacket on at night and stay out as late as you can. The suede boot is versatile yet dressy.
It’s often a good idea to keep to the darker colours with suede as inevitably some drunken Irishman will spill Guinness on you (true story). And, of course, spend that extra $10 and buy the water and stain protector – it really makes a difference.
The loafer has got a bit of a bad rap over the years. The good news is you no longer have to be 87 years-old, a millionaire or Hugh Hefner (both 87 and a millionaire) to pull off loafers. They can be a great way to add colour to your outfit, and perfect for enjoying a bev on a sunny rooftop.
When it comes to choosing your loafer, the first decision is between suede and leather. A loafer by nature is super casual anyway, so I tend to lean towards leather. It’s a little less pajamas, and a little more I’m casual but I’m making an effort. The second (and last) decision is which colour, and most shoe shops will stock all the colours of the rainbow. So will it be grey or orange? Navy or Red? The good thing is that loafers are generally a little less pricy so why not grab a couple – they won’t go to waste.
These four shoes will be the building blocks for your spring and summer outfits. Next step – pants and shorts. Good luck.