It’s safe to say that when it comes to fashion, just as many men love shoes as women do. The difference being women love luxury shoes and men have began a love affair with sneakers. Who can blame them? Funky and exciting sneaker designs have been appearing rapidly providing men with a shoe to match nearly any outfit. Here lies the problem. Men have taken up wearing sneakers with everything. Suits, tuxedos, board shorts. Anything. Sure, they are comfortable and they match well enough, but it’s time to take it down a notch.
That’s where I come in. Take a look at these fun alternatives to sneakers.
I agree that most “dress shoes” are stiff and not too exciting in most cases. Bed|Stü is changing all of that. The shoe and accessory line offer shoes made from natural materials. The hand finishes applied to their leathers give a rustic feel to their modern designs. Bed|Stü provides not only premade shoes but they also have a Cobbler Series. The Cobbler Series offers custom shoes crafted by a team of talented cobblers to ensure the perfect fit. The leathers used are distressed and brushed in turn providing color variations that ensure no two pair are the same. These shoes look amazing with jeans and suits alike.
If you’re more into the boat shoe or loafer style, many designers offer a fresh, colorful take on those, as well. Michael Toschi’s Vela style is like a sporty boat shoe, but with more style. The shoe comes in the classic neutrals as well as a few fun colors to keep things interesting.
Maybe you want something more casual? John Varvatos offers the Hipster Chukka. This ankle boot is super stylish but still provides the comfort you seek in sneakers. The grey tone used is a wonderful alternative to black or brown and is much more versatile, giving you the luxury of never wondering if your brown shoes are okay to wear with your black ensemble. If you absolutely refuse to wear anything other than sneakers, John Varvatos collaborated with Converse to bring you two options in leather. Each pair is black but still unique. The classic hi-top shape you know and love is updated with embossed logos, woven leather seams, and zippers.
Creative sneakers are amazing and allow for amazing self-expression, but they just aren’t right for every occasion. Give these styles, or similar, a try and tag us on Instagram with your updated style!