5 Casual shoes for men

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Casual shoes have a designated place in a man’s shoe rack. After focusing majorly on the dressier side of shoes, now I have come up with 5 Casual shoes for men. These are the most essential pairs every boy or a man should have. These shoes will see you from the gym to a shopping mall to a swimming pool. A well dressed Man is always particular about his shoes, as shoes can make or break the entire look. Since shoes are the first thing that people judge you by, you should be particular about them. Casual shoes are just as important as their dressier counterpart.

1. the Retro Color Sneaker

The Retro colour sneaker is a casual shoe rack essential as it adds a pop of colour to the plain Jane white tee and blue denim combo. It also anchors your slim trouser and casual shirt look. These sneakers are a good way to cross boundaries of formality. Make sure the retro sneaker that you choose, have 80’s casual shoe vibes. Something that has a slim profile, preferably in a brighter unusual colour. If you’re a logo guy, go for something like a new balance 574 sneaker shown below. If you’re an old school skater guy opt for vans.

Suggestion: Go for something in burgundy, dark green or light grey

2. the Evergreen white sneaker

I Call it the MVP of the casual shoes for men. The classic and chic white sneaker makes a statement every time you step out of your home. They have been around in men’s fashion since ages, right from Hollywood celebrities to sportsmen. A white sneaker preferably in leather can take you from average to dandy within no time. Chinos to dress pants, they complement at least 90% of your wardrobe. Just make sure they are like pearly whites when you step out. In my personal opinion, the only territory that you should be careful about is when you pair your sneakers with a suit. It requires experience to pull that off successfully, without ending up looking like a wannabe. Whether it’s the popular stan smith or contemporary common projects, keep it simple.

Suggestion: Opt for a slim profile sneaker, simple design.

3. the running shoe.

This shoe gets no prizes for guessing. whether you jog or just stroll around the park make sure you have one. Just not for the sake of aesthetics but also for your feet. A running shoe that has been part of our shoe racks since school days. Make sure you buy a pair with the activity in mind. Opt for one with the memory foam for that extra comfort. This is a type where you would want to spend a little more, cause better the quality higher goes the price.

Suggestion: Go for a darker color to blend in with athletic attire and ward off easy stains.

4. the Boat shoe/the moccasins

The reason I have chosen the boat shoe as well as the driving moccasins, is both of them serve different purposes. The Driving mocs can be worn with slightly dressier/business casual outfits. whereas the boat shoe inclines towards shorts and chinos. Still, both of these shoes satisfy the need for a casual loafer. The driving moccasins are softer and look more sophisticated. while on the other hand, the boat shoes are more rugged and with chunkier soles. For diving mocs, TODS would be the best whereas go for 2 eyelet timberlands for the boat shoe.

Suggestion: I would prefer two eyelet boat shoes in dark brown, as it provides ruggedness and it does stand out.

5. the Espadrilles

The epitome of casualness and laid back attitude, espadrilles are perfect for the beach and swimming pool. Espadrilles come in wide array of colors, materials, and shapes. Go for the jute or canvas to look more beach appropriate whereas go for suede or darker shades for cocktail evenings on the same beach. Throw on a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and a straw hat to add a bohemian touch to your ensemble. Espadrilles are delicate in structure so make sure you don’t spend tons of money, as they are easily perishable and require a change every season.

Suggestion: Stay away from jeans or dress pants. Stick to shorts or linen trousers

These are occasion appropriate shoes and filtered down to 5 most essential casual shoe for men, there can be more depending on your taste and requirement. Any questions are always welcome.

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