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You Can Judge a Man by His Shoes

By the editors of MSN Living Jul 24, 2012 9:26PM

The Editors, GQ Magazine
They reveal whether he takes pride in the little things. If he throws on a nice suit and pairs it with cheap, clunky lace-ups, he's not what you'd call a detail man. And if he leaves his pricey wingtips scuffed and unpolished, he may not be the closer you're looking for.

There are numerous styles of shoes out there, but what's great about being a man is that you can do perfectly well by sticking with just a few. You don't need to maintain some Carrie Bradshaw–esque obsession about the latest and coolest. If you invest in a handful of sensible (and stylish) pairs and take care of them, you'll be set for years. You just need to take that first step.

Let's talk shape. If you're still walking around in square-toe, rubber-soled lace-ups—the kind you buy on the cheap and that make you look like you've got platypus feet—grab them from your closet and toss them.

Seriously. your shoes should be as streamlined as the rest of your wardrobe. That means a slim contour (but not painfully skinny) and a rounded (but not sharp) toe. They'll look stylish, tasteful, and masculine. And that's all you can ask for.

Photo top: Simon Burstall, Photo bottom: Nigel Cox

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Jul 28, 2012 8:49PM
I was told as a young girl to look at a gentleman' s shoes. I shared that philosophy with my husband who is an executive, and he agreed. We have passed that philosophy down to our son and daughters. Our son's fiance told us her father gave her the same philosophy. Our daughter's married good and successful men. I believe there is much valitity to it if you are interested in a polished, detailed, individual. Generally such individuals happen to be successful also. It's a gauge, not a judgement. Some of today's corporations now allow jeans, tee-shirts and flip-flops as work attire. Professionalism and the attire associated with it is becoming a thing of the past. It's a shame, because it provided a sense of pride. Now everyone appears to have the need to be comfortable and relaxed so they can think and be creative. It's amazing our American constitution was even written considering how our forefather's had to dress. Yet, we still hold to it's words. I wonder if 200 years from now, we'll be able to say the same about the tee-shirt, jean and flip-flop accomplishments.
Jul 28, 2012 8:44PM

Seriously?? Little story....

Many years ago, hubby and I walk into CompUSA and are looking for a laptop for me take on my business trip. Neither of us pay much attention to 'fashion.' If K-mart didn't have it we probably don't need it kind of an attitude. We pick one out, and asked the kid for a credit app.  He gave one to us. .His words: You folks won't get approved. The credit company is very strict..

We hadn't told him if we work, where we work, or turned over any paystubs, or a  license for a credit check. Not even the completed credit app. Nothing. I was so mad.  We went across the street to Best Buy. Same attitude, like he was wasting his time helping us, but unspoken. The look on the kid's face was priceless when the app came back for a $5k credit card (through the SAME bank that CompUSA used, by the way).. I always regretted not walking back in to CompUSA and turning in the little twerp in to his manager while waving my shining new Toshiba in his face.


Jul 28, 2012 8:39PM

My Grandfather always said the suit doesn't make the man the man makes the suit. The way a man walks in his shoes is how he walks in life. If his shoes are too new or if they are tattered and not clean or well kept..you can have and old pair of shoes but taken care of .... trust me you can tell alot about a man by his shoes.

Jul 28, 2012 8:30PM
Or maybe you can judge the guy in the picture by his dorky "high-water" pants.
Jul 28, 2012 7:59PM
I hate shoes.  I'd rather go barefoot. Ahhhhhhhh...... such comfort.
Jul 28, 2012 7:10PM
I wear 6 pair of shoes, a different pair each day to keep the shoes from rubbing against my feet in the same place, which can cause foot problems.  My shoes range from brand new to the pair I ordered several years ago which definitely show aging, discoloring and ready to fall apart.  I guess that means I'm a different person every day.
Jul 28, 2012 7:08PM
Bull $hit!  I have never noticed a mans shoes.  I look at his eyes, his smile and his body buiild.  I like tall athletic types.  However personality, brains and  sense of humor are the most important.
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