You Can Judge a Man by His Shoes
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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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.
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.