Yesterday I spent the day visiting men’s shoes stores on Madison and 5th Ave. I made stops at Slivano Lattanzi, Tom Ford (not a shoe store) J.M. Weston, John Lobb, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks 5th Ave.
Along the way I was very mindful of the shoes men were wearing on the streets. In general it was very underwhelming. Not to mention that with the exception of a few stores Lattanzi, and Weston the rest of the stores were underwhelming as well (service and merchandising I’ll write about in another post).
The typical footwear of the 20-30 year old office workers was something like this.
Older men were wearing loafers Ala John McCain. It may be age and bending over that has something to do with it.
Why is it that shoes are reduced to the lowest common denominator? Surely there are better options out there; I know this as I speak from experience. To be successful you need to look successful, business 101, It’s a credibility issue. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. A good pair of traditional, or classic shoes will boost your cred 100% not to mention the appearance of your wardrobe.
20-30 something’s would do well in a pair of Church’s Diplomat’s or Grafton’s,
While the loafer lovers would look great in the Artioli’s with their elastic laces or a Weston loafer.
Of course there are many other options to choose from, and as always I am happy to help you find the perfect shoes to fit your individual lifestyle.
I’ve written recently about men buying shoes for their birthdays, well there is another occasion that ranks right up there and that of course is the wedding. Here is a list of shoes that were purchased to be worn to weddings either by the grooms or the guests.
Artioli – 06M090 in Black Calf & Lama
Gaziano & Girling – Westbury in Dark Oak
J.M. Weston-436 in Black Calf
Edward Green – Perth in Burnt Pine
Gaziano & Girling – Mitchell in Black Calf
Church’s – Diplomat in Brown Nevada Calf
Church’s – Consul in Black Calf
While I’m on the subject it’s interesting that in every case the grooms chose the brown shoes and the guests chose the black shoes. This suggests to me that men do not want to appear under dressed at another’s important social event (which is a good thing) and that more men are taking a fresh and less formal approach to their own weddings (also a good thing). And isn’t brown the new black anyway?