Top 10 Essential Shoes for Men

You know what they say about a guy’s feet: they should look good. Over the past few years, men have been steadily elevating their shoe game. Whether you are dressing for a formal occasion or a casual date, it is important to be prepared with the necessary footwear. Expand your wardrobe with ORANGE’s top 10 must-have shoes for men.  

Story by Ethan Elkins and Jasmine Valencia

CHELSEA/DRESS BOOT

The Chelsea boot has been appearing more frequently in men’s fashion. They go great with a casual J-Crew button down and dark slim pants. These boots can tie together any outfit, from a meet-the-parents date night to a nice dinner out with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOAFERS

These slip-on dress shoes can accompany a wide variety of outfits. Black or brown loafers can make any suit look slick, while loafers with a pop of color stand out nicely paired with stylish chinos. For a more formal occasion, Gucci’s classic black loafers will steal the show. If you’re shopping on a budget, Kenneth Cole also makes classic-style loafers at an affordable price. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WHITE CANVAS SNEAKERS

A plain, but classic, pair of white sneakers completes any casual look. Adidas, Converse and Puma design stylish versions of these shoes. They look the best with rolled-up dark jeans and a bomber-style jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE SLIPPERS

From Gucci flip-flops to Nike slides, slip-ons are a necessity for at-home leisure or a casual day out. They provide a pillow-like feel, and are the key to making a statement, just ask DJ Khaled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASUAL COMBAT BOOTS

Chocolate brown Steve Madden or Frye combat boots are the best way to complete a rugged or punk look. The shoes pair well with an army green coat and khaki pants. You can achieve a full “lumberjack” look by adding a vintage flannel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUNNING SNEAKERS

These bad boys aren’t just for the gym. Nike Roshes or any similar style sneaker look great with a printed hoodie and cuffed jeans to create an edgy, New York street-style inspired outfit

 

 

 

 

COLE HAAN DRESS SHOES

The famous curved pattern and cut-out impressions turn a regular dress shoe into fashionable footwear. These comfortable, yet stylish, shoes add a formal feel and go well with business suits. They also stand out with a casual everyday ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

BUCKLE SANDALS

Buckle sandals can accompany a typical summer barbecue look paired with long pants and a casual button-up. They provide more support and are a better alternative to ordinary flip-flops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHUKKA BOOTS

These boots can be dressed up for a preppy or edgy vibe. To achieve a preppy look, pair these shoes with a J-Crew or Ralph Lauren sweater vest and a button-up. For an edgier look, pair them with a flannel shirt and dark jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT SNEAKERS

You are a true sneakerhead if you own a pair of statement sneakers in your wardrobe. They add color to a neutral outfit and are fantastic conversation-starters. They also go well with monochromatic attire.