LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Solemates

Let's Hear it for the Boys

You can judge a man by his shoes. His footwear reveals if he’s a details man who takes pride in the little things or a slob who’s just too lazy to bother. A great pair of shoes can breathe life into any ensemble, and unique footwear has the power to reinvent an entire look.

There are numerous styles of shoes out there, but what’s great about being a man is that you can do perfectly well by just sticking to a few. You don’t need to maintain a Carrie Bradshaw-esque obsession about the latest and greatest. Instead, if you invest in a handful of sensible (and stylish!) pairs you will be set. All you have to do is take the first step.

One of the few shoes every man should own is the perfect boot. Robust and able to withstand the elements, a boot is the very definition of practical style. From the clean and polished brogue boot to a rugged and hardwearing work boot, every man is guaranteed to find his unique “solemate.”

This well dressed gentleman sports a pair of perfectly distressed brown, leather boots. The distressing relaxes the aesthetic and gives a more rugged appearance ­– perfect for outdoor or heritage trends. The featured boots have recently become the “go-to” piece for many laid back outfits and can provide a distinctly different look than classic trainers for casual wear. The almost chameleon ability of these boots to adapt to both casual and more formal outfits makes them a true essential and key investment piece for your wardrobe.

To complete his look this Fashionisto embodies the “less is more” cliché by pairing his statement boots with skinny jeans and a cream henley. Notice the streamlined look this gentleman’s trousers create when coupled with his boots­. Take cues from this look and use a slim cut pant when wearing a boot to avoid the break at the hem of the trouser and top of the shoe.

This week put your best foot forward and slip on statement creating footwear. You’re sure to construct a memorable, polished look that will turn heads wherever you go.

Hint: Searching for a boot with a more formal look? Try the Chelsea boot. With its clean, simple lines, this boot is the new “it” shoe for smart-casual and formal wear.

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