There are two non-complicated rules for owning a collection of small shoe that is versatile enough to cover all bases. The first: renounce fashion and make it classic styles. The second: spend as much as possible. Think about quality, not quantity, because the old saying is true. Your shoes are often the first thing people notice about you, especially when they look like they’re around too many blocks.
Since the goal is to have as few pairs as possible, there is another rule: be brutal. Some of our favorite styles are not listed below as they are not essential if you are on a budget or want to save space. Chelsea Boots? Hiking boots? Nice to have, not to have. The same applies to monk belts, pool sliders and even high tops.
But whatever you look like, whatever your budget is and whatever is in the diary for the next 12 months, if you own a pair of well-made shoes and sneakers in any of the following styles, you have almost every social situation – from the office from the gym to the bar – stylishly shod. You never have to put your foot wrong again.
For Dinner Date : Leather Slip Ons
This type of shoe covers a number of styles, including penny and tassel loafers. Slip-on has American heritage and is actually synonymous with the preppy “Ivy League” look and Michael Jackson’s moonwalk. George Henry Bass, maker of the original Penny Loafer, founded G.H. Bass & Co. in Maine in the USA.
His famous “Weejuns” are the most remarkable style to date and are based on the Norwegian farm shoe.Kacamata Rayban
In keeping with the neat atmosphere, loafers and chinos are a classic combination. If it feels too stuffy, it is acceptable to wear loafers with and without socks – here you can experiment with different prints, patterns and colors – with a rolled up cuff.
It’s a simple, versatile shoe, so it’s adopted by everyone, from bankers to outdoor sports enthusiasts to Ivy League punks and liaison boys. Today, Guccis Horsebit Loafer under Alessandro Michele regained first place as the most coveted slip-on.