Thursday, September 14, 2006

Formal Wear Faux Pas:
5 Shoes Every Guy Should Own
By Maggie Kalogeropoulos
A perfect outfit is nothing without the right pair of shoes. What you
choose to slip on your feet can make or break an entire ensemble -- no
matter how well-coordinated, how well-planned or how well-structured
your outfit is. To make sure that all your hard work in expertly
color-coordinating the ideal get-up doesn't go to waste, here are five
-- that's right, five -- shoes that every man should have lined up in
a neat little row on the floor of his closet.਍ഀ

1- The sneaker
White is the safest color for a man's formal shirt. Incidentally,
white is also the most boring. In some situations, however --
including job interviews and black-tie events -- a white shirt might
still be the best option. In more relaxed settings, you should stay
conservative, utilizing soft, muted colors, and/or mild patterns like
stripes. In formal settings, translucent or see-through shirts are
never appropriate. ਍ഀ

2- The casual shoe
Since not every laidback occasion is sneaker-appropriate, you're going
to need a second type of casual shoe. This second footwear option
comes in the form of a lace-up shoe with a thin leather sole. Today's
casual shoes are sleek, structured and void of any bulk -- just like
Steve Madden's Boarder shoe. This shoe will look immaculate paired
with a straight-leg jean.਍ഀ

3- The black dress shoe
For those high-brow formal occasions, or for a regular day at work,
the black dress shoe is a classic item of footwear to own. There are
no exceptions to this rule. Aldo's Cilda loafer is just one example of
the many styles of dress shoe you can own to mix and match with your
slacks and suits. With its barely there sole and elongated toe box,
it's a chic shoe that'll effectively gussy up any formal or business

4- The brown dress shoe
In today's fashion world, brown is the new black. While black is still
a classic color and reserved for ultra-formal occasions, brown has
become an acceptable alternative for occasions that are less decorous,
yet still proper -- like the boardroom, for example. The Hermesilas
model of dress shoe from Aldo is the perfect pair to slip your feet
into and head to work.਍ഀ

5- The ankle boot
The ankle boot is an important shoe to add to your collection --
especially for the fall. It's a functional piece because you can wear
it in varied ways. For instance, you can wear your ankle boot with a
business suit or a pair of jeans and it will compliment both looks
successfully. These black leather, square-toe boots from Gordon Rush
are a prime example of a sophisticated shoe that you can pair with
almost any pair of pants.਍ഀ

five shoe-ins
If you feel a little lost when it comes to building a functional
wardrobe, adding these five shoes to your clothing collection will be
a very good start for you. These are the types of shoes you should
have handy in your closet so that you'll be readily prepared to
complete your outfit for any occasion that should arise.਍ഀ


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