Some you may love, some you may hate – choose the style of shoe that suits you and your wardrobe best.
The reign of the sneaker shows no signs of abating in 2017, from reissues of retro suede New Balance and Adidas trainers to more collaborations between celebrities and major brands to luxury trainers in neutral colours — including Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0, a limited edition self-lacing sneaker that retailed for US$720 when it was released in December.
The military look never really goes out of style but 2017 will be less about full-on combat boots and more about subtler designs with a slightly punk edge. Brogue boots complement more formal trousers — dressy detailing will be popular this year — while suede desert boots and classic work boots pair nicely with jeans in more casual outfits.
Penny loafers continue to tread the European catwalks into 2017, maintaining their popularity as a dressy but relaxed shoe that works well with the sock-less trend, or a pair of thick socks the same colour as your trousers with their cuffs rolled up. A fixture of every stylish man’s smart-casual wardrobe — opt for a thicker sole and a lighter colour for added versatility.
The double-strap, cork-soled Birkenstock has found its way back onto men’s feet this summer — a comfortable summer staple that can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion. If you have the confidence to pull it off, the woven leather sandal has also become popular this season.
Out of style with everyone besides, well, monks until this millennium, the traditional monk strap features two straps — but 2017 will mix that up, with more styles boasting one or even three straps instead. A favourite of the young corporate warrior and a stylish accompaniment to a slim, modern suit that’s slightly less dressy than the classic Oxford.