MEN’S FITNESS SHOE GUIDE: THE 5 BEST SHOES FOR MEN
From casual to formal and everything in between, expert stylists break down the essential men’s footwear you need in your closet.
Shoes make the man. It’s one of the fashion bible’s most quoted verses—and, sartorially speaking, one of the truest.
“Shoes are the most defining and elevating item you can wear,” says Aldo creative director Douglas Bensadoun. “What else can e ffectively turn a casual outfit into something sophisticated? Or a fancy get-up into something more sporty?”
“Shoes are pretty essential,” concurs stylist Erin Turon, who’s dressed Hugh Jackman, Michael Strahan, and Mark Wahlberg for their respective MF covers. “A guy could be dressed head-to-toe perfect, but if he has horrible shoes on, it ruins everything.” With that said, don’t fall for flavors of the week. Stick with these classic styles over the overtly quirky and trendy ones and you’ll always put your best foot forward.
Adidas Energy Boost
Our Menz Fashion Shoes of the Month goes to Adidas’ new lightweight sneaker that (literally) adds spring to your step. Its unique cushioning technology helps store and release energy for a longer run. And with a mid-sole that’s three times more temperature-resistant than the standard EVA, you’ll be able to go the distance, no matter where or when you run.
Clarks Originals Wallabee Run
Cole Haan Great Jones Chukka
Flip these sleek boots over and you’ll see why they’re the perfect pair of day-to-night footwear: Flex grooves allow it to bend with your foot’s natural movement, and rubber heel and toe traction pads give added durability.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
These kicks have been around since 1923—and for good reason. Worn by basketball players, skateboarders, rock stars, and everyone in between, Chucks sport a canvas upper, rubber soles, and a vintage look that’ll never go out of style.
Kenneth Cole Tip Top Oxford
“Every guy should have a classic black shoe,” Turon says. “It goes with everything—from a suit and tie to a blazer and jeans.” Our pick: this timeless sole from Kenneth Cole that’s versatile enough to wear to a wedding, job interview, or trendy club.