Mastering the Art of Men’s Footwear
After sticking to popular shoe brands for two decades, I took a detour and snagged a pair of sneakers for Rs 499 from the street market. Fast forward eight years, and I’ve barely worn them twice. Why, you ask? It felt like I was treading on stones, barefoot. It was not a pleasant experience, right?
Finding the perfect pair of men’s shoes is a nuanced journey, and the price is just a thin layer of the process. Let’s break it down into three digestible steps to simplify your selection:
Know Your Ground
Let’s start by identifying where you plan to flaunt those shoes. Formal event? Wedding? Gym? Off-road running, perhaps? Oxfords and Derbys are your go-to for formal occasions—they’re stylish but lack the support of road shoes, designed for smooth surfaces. Off-road running demands less cushion, more grip, and more support. Define your terrain before choosing.
Surprisingly, the weight of your shoes matters—a lot. Whether you’re into running or just need casual kicks, that extra 100g can impact your performance. Stick to lightweight technology based on your purpose.
Choose Substance Over Style
Don’t fall into the looks or price trap. Some shoes built for speed might lack comfort and support. Prioritize material, comfort, and support over aesthetics or cost. You can find trendy and functional footwear—just shift your focus during the purchase.
Invest In The Technique
If you’re a casual wearer, you might not scrutinize shoe technology as much as a professional runner. However, understanding the advancements introduced by various brands is essential. For someone wearing shoes daily for work or events, comfort becomes a crucial factor.
Consider the technology introduced by shoe brands, ensuring it aligns with your lifestyle and needs.
Beware Of Shoe Snakes
If a deal appears too good to be true, trust your instincts. The market is flooded with fakes. When buying from private listings, scrutinize the box, label quality, tags inside the shoes, brand label placement, release date, shoe SKU, and factory code.
Avoid purchasing fake shoes, as they are detrimental to both your feet and your image.
Step 6: Don’t Give Into The Hype
Resist the urge to buy a pair just because everyone else is. Find your style, something that serves your purpose, and invest in that. In the realm of personal items like shoes, don’t succumb to hype just because a celebrity has them or an influencer recommends them.
Ask yourself why you’re making the purchase. Is it a flashy trend, or does it genuinely meet your needs and complement your wardrobe?
Finding Just The Right Amount Of Comfort
Consider these points when trying on shoes at a store:
- Shop in the afternoon, when your feet are slightly larger.
- Wear socks of the same material and length you intend to pair with the shoes.
- Let the salesman measure both your feet and choose a size that fits the larger one.
- Ensure a quarter to a half-inch of space between your toe and the inside edge of the shoe when standing.
- Walk around in the shoes to assess the quality of the sole and material before confirming your choice.
- Disregard the size mentioned on the shoes and prioritize your feet’s comfort label.
- Check for potential irritants, like tags and seams, that might cause discomfort during extended walks.
Investing in the right pair involves considering your terrain, prioritizing lightweight design, and valuing substance over style. Understand the purpose behind your purchase, be it for a formal setting, running, or everyday use. Avoid falling for looks alone; instead, prioritize comfort, support, and material quality. By following these steps, you’ll stride confidently, avoiding the pitfalls of uncomfortable, impractical choices.