A journey of a thousand miles begins with a great pair of shoes. So why jeopardize this journey? There are shoes every man needs.
This strong yearning for shoes and styles for different occassions, along with what shoe is most appropriate for getting the job done made me come up with this cohesive guide. This might not be all you need, but its really surprising how much you can do with less. Curated in this digital closet is what you will need to achieve this effortless elevated style on your feet. Sit back and let EKPO guide you.
This redefines casual by making it look better and still looking sharp in them. They are super comfy and give the impression that you’re not trying to under do or overdo, or permit me to just call out that oversabi who exclusively wears formal shoes on virtually every outing.
Not only will this classy casuals be appropriate for nearly everything, they can easily go with khakis or even better with blue jeans.
Although I’ve only seen a few guys wear this in Nigeria, you can be the trendsetter of this excellent casual that’s a departure from the ultra-relaxed sneaker or the commonplace formal shoes. You’ll be ever grateful you added this to your collection.
New Balance. Roshes. Vans. Chucks, and even to the Classic Adidas.
Any color of this will suffice but white will just be brilliant. A nice pristine pair of white sneakers will keep things relaxed but classy at the same time. It can be worn on jeans and this might even sound ridiculous, even a suit. I said it might sound ridiculous, but it looks nothing close to ridiculous. I can assure you. This bizarre look has been sported by the likes of Kanye West in 2008, and more recently Tinie Tempah. It has this aesthetic feel to it. I tell you – It’s coming from me(wink).
It completes the effortless off-the-clock outfit.
3. CHELSEA BOOTS
This gives you a sleeker and edgier look and it varies from the Desert boots. No laces here and would be better on skinny jeans. Kanye made these more popular and you can even join him.
The conventional formal outfit may not be your forte, but once in a while a man has to attend the formal events – Weddings, Banquets, Dinners – I mean, they’re inevitable. Pairs like this come in to save the day.
Having slight resemblances with wingtips, they are designed with perforated details at the sides and on the toe area of the shoes – Broguing- as opposed to the classic Oxfords that don’t have these perforations. They have this traditional style that add a distinct feature of class to the formal outfit. You should own one. It’s an essential. A requisite. Get a pair or even the Oxfords as they may come in handy someday. Don’t say I didn’t warn you o!
5. MONK STRAPS
This still belongs to the category of the formal outfits. But in this, its a slight deviation from the everyday lace-ups – It’s buckles here. They set many eyes gazing at your feet. – I think i prefer the double strapped monks.
This is yet another laceless and stressless option that links the casual and formal aesthetic. This may come in any colour and would fit in anything, anywhere. A versatile one .They might not be worn so often but they’re worth an investment and would make a perfect fit to your shoe rack.
It would just be unseemly for me to compile a list like this and not make this inclusion. I mean, you’ve read so far on this kind of post and didn’t think I’ll come up with this? Please, this is not your prosaic blog. This is EKPO, afterall.
Sandals seem to be back and will be here for a long time. Give your feet proper breathing room in a pair of open-toe men’s sandals for the sleek and minimalist look anyone will die for. Or you can even go all Ancient Roman on them and go with the gladiators. CAVEAT: ONCE YOU START WEARING THESE, YOU WON’T WANT TO GIVE IT A BREAK. It’s super cushioned and comfy like that.
Honorable Mention:Boat Shoes, Espadrilles, Plimsolls
Thanks For Reading this far, So what do you think of my list ? was it a good one ?or did i miss anything?
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Written By Kolapo Oyekola
Edited By: Ekpo