Wardrobe Checklist: 3 Shoes Every Man Should Own

Be prepared for work,
after-hours, the great outdoors and everywhere in between.

by Catherine Nguyen
Maybe you find yourself
asking, “How many shoes does do I really need?” You need shoes that will get
you from work to after-hours drinks, but also something to wear at the beach or
on a crisp morning hike. One pair is obviously not going to cut it. And twelve
pairs might be going a bit overboard, especially if you choose your footwear
wisely. We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled our list of three essential
shoe styles every man should own — so kick your feet up and read on.
A Pair of Oxfords
Every man needs a pair of
dress shoes for formal occasions. The oxford fits the bill. With its elegant
silhouette and closed lacing, the oxford adds a refined touch that will
complement your three-piece suit. If you’re looking to elevate your streetwear,
oxfords can also be worn with a more casual ensemble for a polished look.
If you can only allow one
pair, then choose one with classic detailing and a round toe box. Whichever way
you wear them, these leather shoes are versatile and fit for many occasions —
which is exactly why oxfords are a must-have for your collection.

Pair black oxfords with a
black suit for this classic formal look. These sleek shoes go with virtually
anything — you really can’t go wrong. Whether you’ve got a formal event or just
a guy’s night out, a pair of Oxfords will always fit the bill.
With navy, beige, and
neutral-toned suits, various shades of brown oxfords are complementary and will
tie your whole look together. The slight contrast in colors is pleasing to the
eye, while adding just enough boldness to your overall look.   

With a blazer and a pair of
trousers, black, brown, and tan oxfords can add a dapper twist to your usual
day-to-day look. Since these outfits are more laidback, you have more room to
play around with different style combos.
If you’re looking to take it a
step further, have the break of your pants fall shorter and pair your oxfords
with some eye-catching socks. You’ll be showing off a little bit of your
personality, while charming the crowd with your undeniable sense of style.
A Pair of Casual Sneakers
There’s nothing like a pair of
white sneakers that you can just throw on whenever you’re on-the-go. Whether
they’re monochromatic or multicolored, sneakers are best worn with your casual
get ups. If done right, they can also be sported in the office. Trainers are
both versatile and trendy, making them a no-brainer.
5 Shoes Every Man Must Have: Sneakers


When it comes to pairing your
outfit with sneakers, don’t overthink it. White or black sneakers are solid
choices, but wearing a striking color can make one hell of a statement.
Depending on how much you want
your shoes to play into your look, you can go neutral or spice it up. Try
matching your accessories and sneakers in the same color for a coordinated, yet
polished look.
Business Casual

If you’re lucky enough to wear
sneakers at work take full advantage of it — but be careful not to go too far.
Because sneakers fare more casual than formal, be conscious of which ones will
pass off as appropriate in the office. Keep it simple and leave the crazy
embellished sneakers at home. Depending on your company, neutral colors are
probably your best bet at maintaining professionalism.
A Pair of Running / Athletic Shoes
Whether you’re off to the gym
or to the grocery store, a pair of running shoes are essential for your days
out of the office. Not only are they comfortable, but a good pair of running
shoes can make your street style even more stylish — like when you’re out in a
tee and baggy sweatpants.
If you’re really into outdoor
activities, make sure you have a pair that you’re not afraid to get down and
dirty in. After all, these shoes could be your most used pair. Find a pair that
works with the daily demands of your hectic lifestyle.  
Street Smart

If you plan to run errands
before heading to the gym, combining your casual clothes with activewear will
save you a lot of valuable time. Pair running shoes with tailored joggers and a
denim jacket for an outfit that’s flattering, yet functional at the same time.
The great thing about sporting activewear with closet staples is that you get
to blend in your favorite gym pieces into your everyday attire for the ultimate
comfort. The key is to combine basics that will give you a fitted silhouette,
so you don’t run the risk of looking like a slouch.
If styled correctly, you’ll be
looking sharp on your commute, and afterwards for your evening workouts.

The key is to combine basics
that will give you a fitted silhouette, so you don’t run the risk of looking
like a slouch.


If your daily routine consists
of hiking, running, or any high-intensity circuits, then athletic shoes are a
must. Pair them with a technical shirt and basketball shorts for a complete
look that’s sweat-proof. After all, your shoes serve as the vehicle to your
workouts, so combine them with moisture-wicking activewear to carry you through
your workouts.

A Pair of Boots

5 Shoes Every Man Must Have: dress boots

Though a great pair of boots
is a year-round staple, during fall and winter they become your best friend.
Dress boots are the best of both worlds with elements from both Oxfords and
Chukkas, offering class and a bit more protection from the elements. But if you
plan on blazing your own trail, a pair with rubber soles will give you the
freedom you need to clomp around without too much worry about damaging your
kicks beyond repair.
A Pair of Chukkas or Desert

5 Shoes Every Man Must Have: Chukkas

Known for their incredible
versatility, chukkas are the epitome of business casual. Pair these up with a
nice pair of chinos or your favorite pair of jeans. Get them in brown, black,
tan or blue suede and you’ll be able to wear them in just about any situation
that doesn’t involve a workout tee and a protein shake.
A Walk to Remember

For the amount of purposes
they have to offer, these shoes speak for themselves. Owning each one, your
life will be a walk in the park (literally). 
So if you find yourself wondering which shoes to add, keep, or throw
out, we firmly believe that these ones are definitely keepers.
Do you agree or disagree? What
are your shoe essentials? Let us know in the comments.
Catherine Nguyen
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.