BY GREGG HALL
POSTED AUGUST 17, 2007
Are you buying men's dress shoes for yourself or for someone else? Regardless, there are some factors that you need to keep in mind that will not only make the process easier but also help to insure that you get the right footwear.
The first concern that you should have is for how the shoes are going to be used. Shoes that are worn infrequently don't necessarily need to be held to the same standards as those that are worn on a daily basis. For example, if you are wearing shoes that are only for seasonal formal occasions they don't need to be as comfortable or durable as if you were wearing them every day walking on asphalt. If this is the case, you must have a pair of shoes with exceptional padding and a supportive insole. The biggest consideration in shoes that are worn daily should be support to give you comfort and prevent injury.
If you are buying shoes that will be worn on a regular basis the next thing we will want to consider is durability. Believe me, it makes more sense to spend a little more money upfront for a good pair of shoes that will last several years than to pay $20 or $30 bucks for shoes that won't last one year or less. Be sure that you choose a shoe with a thick sole which will help absorb the impact of the many foot strikes you make in a day. Inspect the stitching and make sure it is of sufficient quality that it will hold up to the daily abuse.
Now that we have the basics of function and durability out of the way the next thing you will want to look at will be style and fashion of course. Aside from choosing a current looking style, color is crucial as well. The basics that every man needs are the standard black and brown and you should have at a minimum, one pair of each of these. Another color that goes well with many different colors of pants is burgundy. Nothing looks more ridiculous than a pair of black pants with brown shoes!
Within the dress shoe genre there are casual dress shoes that are really more like fancy moccasins and more elegant dress shoes made of elaborate exotic skins that cost several hundred dollars a pair. As I mentioned at the outset of the article, consider where you will wear the shoes. More men these days are going for more casual shoes than the dressier ones because they offer style and comfort. You can make these types of dress shoes more or less dressy depending upon what you wear with them. Whatever you choose be sure they are comfortable and durable so that they will feel good and last a long time.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as casual dress shoes