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The Eight Pairs of Shoes Every Man Must Own

Categories Fashion

A pair of each of these at the bottom of the wardrobe should see you through any occasion.

Black formal shoes

When they say every man needs a good suit, there’s a little asterisk saying ‘and a good pair of dress shoes, too’. Cap-toe black Oxfords are a compulsory companion of a dark suit for the formal moments in life, and make sure they’re always polished — you don’t want a few scuffs to take the shine off your formalwear.

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Boots

From a Chelsea boot dressed up with a suit or dressed down with blue jeans, to an edgier pair of lace-up Doc Martens coupled with cuffed trousers, there are so many styles of this winter staple that you can use to personalise your outfit.

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Desert boots

Suede chukkas aren’t quite the dress brogue you’d wear to the boardroom, and not quite the sneaker you’d wear to a barbecue on a Sunday arvo — they’re a nice mix between casual and formal, perfect with a pair of chinos. Round toe, high ankle, two or three shoelace eyelets — no need for fancy trimmings to steal the limelight from the shoe’s texture.

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Loafer

Another smart-casual staple, loafers are a versatile shoe sure to get plenty of use in Australia’s warm weather. A brown pair of moccasins is perfect for smart-casual summer soirees and complements your summer tan beautifully. A dressier pair can also work with multiple items in your wardrobe, with or without socks.

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Plain sneakers

You’ve got to have a reliable all-rounder you can lace up for casual Friday, wear to the pub on Saturday evening, and slip into for a stroll to the shops on Sunday. White low-tops are a good option — but be careful to avoid the dodgy ‘sneans’ vibe pioneered by Jerry Seinfeld in the early ‘90s.

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Flashy sneakers

The weekend’s fun, so treat yo’self to a pair of kicks that reflects your personality — some technicolour New Balances or vintage suede Adidas Originals or an eye-catching pair of high-tops that matches your streetwear.

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Functional sneakers

Invest in quality runners — light and well-fitting — for exercise, because you don’t want to be slogging away in rivers of sweat ruining your $400 pair of Yeezys.

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Thongs

Coz ‘Straya, mate.

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