A few weeks ago, as a part of Alan Baird’s suggestions on five essentials for a man’s fall wardrobe, he suggested tossing out the boat shoes as the cooler months prevail.
This week, he offers advice on five shoes every man should own.
His three tenets of shoes involve price to quality, shoe care and rotation.
"With shoes, usually price is directly related to quality," he said. "I’ll skimp on athletic shoes and splurge on dress shoes."
Dress shoes are meant to last, while athletic shoes are expected to wear out after substantial use.
"My new hobby is shining my shoes," he said. "There are a ton of great videos and resources on the Internet."
As for accessories, a selection of quality shoe trees is a must.
"Moisture is the enemy of leather shoes," he said. "Shoe trees will maintain the shape of the shoe and prolong the shoe’s life. The cedar in shoe trees will pull the moisture out, preventing the formation of funk."
Nobody wants the funk. Additionally, Baird recommends having a rotation of seasonal shoes.
"Not wearing the same shoes back to back will significantly cut down on the wear and tear," he said.
Here are five shoes that every guy should own:
Black captoe (closed lacing)
"[These are] good for business suits," Baird said. "I wear mine with my tuxedo or to funerals. These would be the most formal of all the shoes I own."
Brown oxford, captoe, wingtip
"[This is] another shoe to dress up or down, great with jeans or lighter suits, very versatile," Baird said. "The darker the brown, the more formal. Oxblood and burgundy colors are classic and coming back in style."
"I may be an old man, but there’s nothing better than slipping into a well-broken-in pair of loafers," Baird said.
Baird recommends staying as far away as possible from "Sanuk-style" and Crocs.
"Everybody needs a good pair of boots," Baird said. "Yard work, camping, cold weather, rainy days—there are so many uses for boots."
Whatever your need, be it aesthetics or utility, there’s a boot out there for the purpose.
You can’t skimp when it comes to boots.
"You know what makes any piece of clothing look great? A fit person wearing it," Baird said.
You can contact Baird via email.
Updated @ 2:52 p.m. on 11/4/13 to correct a typographical error.
Updated @ 3:06 p.m. on 11/5/13 to correct a typographical error.
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