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Trendy Must-Have Shoes in a Man’s Closet in 2021

“Good shoes take you to good places.”

  • Min Seo Hyun

 From protecting & comforting your feet to elevating the aesthetics of your outfits, shoes are truly the overachiever in the realm of fashion. Unfortunately, the market today is flooded with poorly made shoes from synthetic leather. Although they come cheap, you pay in terms of aches, pains, and compromised style. Some would even go so far as to say that shoes are a reflection of their personality and lifestyle.

Whether you are building a capsule wardrobe or want to infuse the freshest trends into your wardrobe, here are our top recommendations on how to make your journey more “soleful”.

Sneakers - Where comfort meets style

From the morning rush before college to the moonwalk at nightclubs, they’ve got your back with comfort and style. When donning these modern classics, you shall keep these shoe rules in mind -

The variety in sneakers is expansive. Don’t get overwhelmed with and choose a high-quality pair that can fit into your existing wardrobe seamlessly. Trends come and go, so go the classic “trend-proof” way to make the most of your bucks.

Wear the right kind of sneakers for the right occasion. Although they’re highly versatile, you can’t wear sneakers with every outfit. These go well with an off day outfit and even with a casual or unstructured suit. They also make for a very decent date look. However, it is wise to avoid pairing your sneakers with a formal suit or even on formal occasions, for that matter.

Always keep your sneakers spic and span. No matter how cool they might be, uncleaned sneakers can spoil the entire vibe of a well-worn outfit. To ensure the longevity of your sneakers:

  • Wash the laces
  • Eliminate any odours
  • Brush the outsoles
  • Use shoe trees to retain their shape
  • Make use of sneaker shields

Off-the-rack sneaker and shoe styles might run out of fashion with changing seasons but handmade shoes are made to last while always staying in vogue. One top sneaker recommendation from our range is the Tranquillo Men’s Handcrafted Leather Shoes.

Handcrafted carefully out of premium leather, they promise you -

  • A great fit
  • Durability
  • Choices in colors & styles
  • Comfort

Brogues - A testament of impeccable craftsmanship to up your style game

Brogues are famed for their unrivalled versatility. They were initially designed to brave the rugged outdoors. But, with time, these dapper shoes have adapted as formal wear today. The classic brogue was originally constructed out of brown leather and consisted of intricate designs on the front. These designs were perforated to ensure good air circulation to keep your feet dry and happy. However, modern-day brogues are handcrafted in multiple colours, styles, and materials.

Owing to their versatile nature brogues can be paired with pants, chinos, and even jeans. Here’s how you can pair your brogues with different kinds of bottoms:

Brogues are best friends with tailored suits and blazer jackets. A pair of slim-fit pants in a classic colour like brown, black, or burgundy looks extremely stylish if paired with a nice pair of brogues.

Tapered chinos are a great choice of bottoms to show off the fine beauty of a pair of handcrafted brogues. And, cuff your pants, just in case you want to show off your ankles which makes you look taller visually. Complete your look with a crisp shirt. Add a jacket of your choice to complete the look and keep you toasty when the night turns chilly.

Show off the intricate details of your brogues by pairing them with the right colour of jeans. Make your shoes the star of the show by keeping your outfit very simple and sleek. Classic blue or black jeans are a staple in every man’s wardrobe and bring out the rich leather tones of brogues beautifully! You can also add a blazer or a sweater to finish off this look. The Tannino Men’s Handcrafted Leather Shoes are the pair of brogues that we recommend from our collection.

If you own a great pair of brogues, you must also take good care of them so that they last longer. Here is a list of must-haves for maintaining your leather brogues:

  • Soft shoe brush
  • A pair of shoe trees
  • Leather conditioner
  • Wax polish
  • A damp cloth
  • Toothpicks
  • An old toothbrush

Remove the laces and clean the shoes using a damp cloth. Remove any dirt build-up from within the lace holes with the help of a toothpick. Ensure that your brogues are completely dry before conditioning them with a leather conditioner. Apply wax polish to revive the leather and wear them only when they’re dry. Wearing your shoes with a pair of socks is a great measure to stay hygienic.

Mules - Business in the front; Party at the back

This timeless footwear has no back constraint around the foot’s heel. With no platform bottom, this luxurious half-shoe is a fashion statement that must grace every man’s shoe closet. Time to do away with the notion of boring men's fashion! These babies are bold, stylish, and the perfect choice for adventurous fashion lovers. Blending comfort with luxury, mules add an effortless charm to your outfits.

Traditionally worn as bedroom slippers, modern-day mules are embellished and refined in style to wear socially. Contrary to popular belief, they are rather versatile. You can pair your mules with casual outfits, kurtas, sherwanis, and other traditional wear for an ethnic look with a trendy touch.

This footwear is generally not recommended for formal occasions. However, we love it when men take risks in fashion and break the rules in style. They are sure to steal the show at parties, cocktails, and weddings. You can even pair them with chinos, shorts, and jeans. We recommend the Hoffler Nera Men’s Handcrafted Leather Shoes if you’re planning to invest in a quality pair that is far from being a bedroom slipper.

Take good care to maintain the novel beauty of your mules. Here are some caring tips which will come in handy:

  • Keep the surface of the mules dry
  • Wipe with a clean cloth to remove dust and dirt
  • Use a quality stain remover to do away with any stains

Leather Sandals - Strappy slip-ons that won’t let you fall

The comfort offered by sandals has transcended them from the dad and grandad generations to us, and we couldn't be more glad! Your ol’ man definitely knew what’s good in fashion without compromising on comfort. However, their refreshing style demands trimmed and well-maintained toenails. Or even socks if you are experimental enough. Sandals should be considered as a decent addition to your shoe collection because of the breathability it provides your feet and also for their sturdy grip. They sure won’t go with your office or any formal wear, but there’s no denying the fact that sandals are the epitome of summer comfort.

If paired with the right kind of ethnic wear like a kurta & jeans outfit or paired with dhoti pants, you can totally rock our recommended Pelle Tobo Men’s Handcrafted Leather Sandals with enviable style. Make the most of the smart casual trend by pairing a relaxed pant-suit set with sandals. Next, opt for a linen suit or a Nehru jacket. Keep the contrast between the pants and the shoe minimal to get the most out of this smart casual outfit. Leather sandals also go very well with slim-fit trousers and jeans. But, sandals make the best pair with shorts.  

At This Or That, we believe in quality over quantity. Our expert curators put their heart and soul into finding indie brands that handcraft each pair of shoes with love and care. With customer satisfaction as our priority, we have a unique collection of carefully curated, innovative, and interesting leather footwear from up-and-coming brands.