My father always told me, ‘people will judge you by your shoes’. Understandably, I was young when he first said this to me, and with that being said, I never truly understood what he meant until I saw a colleague wearing tattered shoes. Low and behold, there were comments made throughout the office, nothing behind his back, but it just showed that a worn out, cheap pair of shoes can completely change your appearance and deem you somewhat unprofessional in a workplace.
It’s true what they say, everyone notices them. When they’re bad, they’re horrendous, on the other hand, when they’re looking sharp, they’re impressive.
As we know, if your reading this, your aspiring to be the modern day gent, and one thing’s for sure, a gent will never let his shoe game fail him. Here are some top tips on what to look for when buying shoes:
Ok, so just bare in mind here, you may need to splash out a bit of money on these shoes, they may cost you £100+ but think of the long term. What you don’t want to be looking for is plastic made shoes that may look… ok… for the 2 months they’ll last. Instead do your research, search for that premium calf leather, as oppose to those squeaky, cheap-looking synthetics.
Go for the Goodyear Welt. A Goodyear Welt is a process invented back in 1869 by a Mr Charles Goodyear Jr. The upper part, shaped over the last and fastened by sewing a leather strap (or the ‘welt’) to the inner and upper sole. As well as using a welt for strength, stitching the soles holds the materials together. Although time consuming by modern day standards, the Goodyear Welt is still considered one of the best methods in shoe-making today!
Take care of them! You’ve just splashed out money to buy a premium pair of shoes, take care of them as you would a high quality suit, a brand new watch, or a car you’ve really pushed the boat out to buy! Treat them right, make sure you polish them regularly, if need be, you can get the shoes resoled if they begin to wear.
A personal tip would be to buy brown. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat a pair of conservative blacks for a formal occasion, but I’ll weigh a couple of pro’s and con’s for you. Brown shoes go beautifully with almost any colour suit (except for black!). You can wear them for work, in a navy, grey, charcoal suit whilst giving off a certain finesse to your outfit, or alternatively, you can wear them with a pair of jeans whilst your off for a few drinks on a Saturday night.
Of course, don’t buy shoes with large buckles etc. for a workplace environment, as you wouldn’t wear an overly formal pair with a pair of chinos, make sure you buy them for what you want to use them for. I apologise in advance to your bank account, but one pair of shoes won’t fit every occasion, you can come close, but you’re going to have to increase your wardrobe!
I hope this post has helped you to understand a few details when it comes to buying your first pair of beautifully handcrafted shoes, check back soon for more blog posts and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter!