Every Man Essentials: Shoes and Belt
Men, you’ve made it; we’ve officially reached the end of our Every Man Essentials list. You’ve got a checklist complete with everything from the classic white shirt to straight-leg jeans. And what finishes off any outfit better than a solid pair of shoes and two leather belts? I understand that not all men have the budget to buy multiple pairs of shoes, and that’s OK. If you’re on a tight budget, invest in black dress shoes and brown everyday shoes. When you’re styling a black or charcoal suit, black shoes work best. You can even use them to dress up jeans and sport jacket. For your more casual looks, — think jeans and a sweater, — opt for rich brown suede slip-on moccasins. They look stylish and wear like slippers.
1. Giorgio Brutini® Slip-On Plain Loafers ($59, Zappos): Looking great doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. For less than 100 dollars, you can snag these Giorgio Brutini® loafers. Featuring a polished leather upper and classic cut bicycle toe, these loafers have overlapping leather panels that add some sharp detail. They slip on and have a padded footbed for comfort.
2. Banana Blues Purfect Loafers (sale $67.50, Zappos): These super comfortable suede moccasins are ideal for everyday. Slip-on styling with a soft suede upper, these Banana Blues loafers feature a perforation detail at the vamp. They’re lined in leather and have a flexible rubber sole, so you know these shoes are easy to wear.
3. Banana Republic Reversible Plaque Belt ($65, Banana Republic): It’s like getting two Italian leather belts for the price of one! You can’t go wrong with Banana Republic’s reversible plaque belt. One side black, one side deepest brown, this belt has a modern brushed metal plaque buckle.
4. J.Crew Leather Roller-Buckle Belt ($39.50, J.Crew): A casual belt that will wear well with denim, khakis, and even flat-front pants, this J.Crew leather belt has a soft feel and a metal buckle. Available in darkwood brown and black, this belt will fast become one of your favourites.