Essentials: 5 Pairs of Shoes to Own

Not sure which shoes to go for on your next shopping trip? To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of five pairs which should cater to your every style need. One thing we would advise you to consider when buying shoes is that they should always (if possible) be an investment piece. A good quality pair, when maintained correctly, will last a very long time and save you having to splash out on replacements prematurely. Even better, buy shoe trees which will prolong the life of your flash new kicks and also help them keep their shape.

  1. Black Lace-ups

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Tod’s Lace-Ups

The black leather lace-up is arguably the most versatile pair of shoes you can buy as they can be worn with everything from black tie to business suits to jeans. When choosing at the store, avoid overly fussy detailing or pointy shapes, and this lace up will become the Swiss Army knife of your shoe collection.


  1. Brown Brogues

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Bally Brogues

A good pair of brogues are another footwear staple that you absolutely must not be without. Get some with a quality leather sole (which can be replaced when worn through) in brown, a wonderful shoe color not least because it goes with pretty much anything. You can wear brogues with a suit, chinos or even shorts!


  1. Boat Shoes

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Sebago Boat Shoes

The boat shoe is a smart casual shoe that is easy to wear and extremely comfortable, not to mention grippy thanks to a rubber sole. Though boat shoes in brown or dark blue are classic color choices, there is no need to stick to these as brands have been getting increasingly creative with such combinations over the years. Perfect for wearing out and about in the sun, boost your nautical look credentials with a pair of eye-catching boat shoes.


  1. White Plimsolls

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Vans Plimsolls

As the sports luxe trend becomes increasingly established following a formidable showing on the catwalks, we are again reminded of how great a pair of fresh white plimsolls can look. When matched with tailored tracksuit bottoms, they take on an authentically athletic look, yet when combined with chinos they give off a definitively preppy air. Buy in canvas material or leather, which should last a fair bit longer.


  1. Espadrilles

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Toms  Espadrilles

The espadrille is a lightweight casual summer shoe with a unique roped sole. Adding a continental flair to any outfit, the espadrille goes particularly well with linen trousers or tailored shorts. There are no color or pattern rules whatsoever with espadrilles; dare to be bold!