Gentlemen, Put Your Best Foot Forward

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger ​​​​​​​

SHOES- JOHNSTON & MURPHY

There are certain style tips to adhere to, when purchasing dress shoes.  In order to have a respectable look, here’s a list of what to do and what not to.

SHAPE

WHAT TO DO:

Choose something that has elegant curves and balance each other to create a shoe that resembles the silhouette of your foot.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

A shoe should never be too square, too pointy or too round.

QUALITY

WHAT TO DO:

A French calfskin is usually the most popular with the upper end shoe brands and is so because of its durability. Stiffer leathers like cordovan and that of Church’s leather also tend to be of higher quality but will definitely be much harder to break in but once they are you can believe that you will have a shoe that you feel completely supported in.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

Never buy high-gloss leather that looks like patent but is not, it feels like plastic and usually it is pretty close to it.  Leather should smell like leather, take a smell test, if it smells like chemicals that’s an indication of a man-made material. Remember, leathers are not indestructible, they will crease and will crack if you do not treat them properly. Use shoetrees and get regular shoe shines once every other week.

HEEL HEIGHT

WHAT TO DO:

Get proper measurements 1.2 inch is ideal.  In order to get a level measurement, the foot has to be on a flat surface and measured from the bottom of the heel where the heel meets the sole of the shoe. Ask a sales associate to assist with measurements.  Bending of the leg can cause the measurement to be wrong. Be sure to measure both feet twice to make sure that the measurements are consistent. The shoes can be taken off to measure heel size as well.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

Avoid wearing heels that are much higher than 1.2 inch. Shoes do not need a high heel, the higher the heel the more it looks like a costume versus an everyday dress shoe.

COLOR

WHAT TO DO:

The nicer the pants, the more conservative the shoe color.

Shoe Color Options for Black Pants:

  • Black

Shoe Color Options for Navy Pants:

  • Brown (not light brown)
  • Black Bordeaux (reddish-brown)
  • Walnut Tan (darker shades)

Shoe Color Options for Brown Pants:

  • Brown (any shade)                   
  • Black

Shoe Color Options for Olive and Green Pants:

  • Brown (Darker shades)
  • Burgundy (Bordeaux}
  • Black

WHAT NOT TO DO:

Avoid buying loud colors in materials like suede, nubuck or velvet.


Shop these retailers for men’s dress shoes:

Johnston & Murphy

Belk Men’s Store

Clarks

Macy’s

Rack Room Shoes