Culled from the pages of Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good (published by Hearst Books), I thought I’d share an unusual gift idea for this Father’s Day: shoes. Yes, shoes. What, you don’t normally buy shoes for other people? Well, me either, but hear me out.
This style book (given to my husband a while back when he wrote for a men’s style website), has oodles of information for guys on how to look good, from how to buy and wear a suit to where to wear your sunglasses when not perched atop his nose. It’s worth a look, for real.
Anyway, back to presents. When I saw the page on the 5 Shoes Every Man Needs, I realized that MY man doesn’t have all 5. He has many shoes, but not for all occasions.
Here’s the list:
- Black Oxfords: the go to shoe for just about any crisis or black tie event that comes his way. Keep them polished, of course.
- Brown Wing Tips: Odd that these seem so stuffy to me when they can be essential to every business occasion. But, when worn with the right suit, they look spiffy not stuffy.
- Loafers: Good for dressing up or down, and is apparently the catch all American shoe for American males (whatever that means)
- Classic Bucks: While preppy (in my humble opinion), bucks can dress up a jean or dress down slacks. Think of them as a dressier alternative to sneakers.
- Classic sneakers: NOT raggedy tennis shoes. NOT running shoes. Not some hybrid of mind bending, muscle forming work out. Plain. Old. Sneakers.
And, what makes this book fun to look at besides all the good information inside – it even tells you how to tie your shoes. No joke. Did you know that there are three ways to tie a man’s shoe? Straight laced, criss crossed or under-over…now, I could make some rude, off colored joke here, but none come to mind (heh).
And, I could tell you what shoe I’m getting my husband for Father’s Day, but he reads this (on a daily basis I’m told…) and I don’t want to spoil the fun. Of course, maybe I just did. Hmm.
photo credit: bbaunach