GQ just released their GQ Guide to Men’s Shoes, and honestly, I’m very glad that they did. Most guys don’t give a rat’s butt about their shoes, and this should be a good reminder on why they should take care of them, and how to do so.
While I love their thoughts and opinions, I do have something to say in regards to square-toe shoes. Square-toes are just as great-looking as their rounded-toe counterparts, and if I may say so, even better on certain types of attire. The primary thing to consider is to diversify your shoe collection so that you don’t JUST have square-toe shoes. This should be something that GQ should have used as a starting point. Rounded-toe shoes were great back in the day (i.e. cap-toes) and now they’re back in style again (like they never left). Slim-fit jeans and suits are the rave, but just like anything in fashion, these are just fashion trends. So why not have a diversified collection instead, utilizing both square and rounded-toe to compliment style and attire?
Loafers and slip-ons are great for any type of style, and I’m glad that GQ made that known. Style is about substance and not necessarily flash. With slip-ons and loafers, you get a great sense of flash that fits your own personal style, without losing substance and quality.
Black is always a great bet for the color, but even different shades of brown can become very classy and very stylish in a second.
I’m more of a “traditional modernist” when it comes to suits, so the only thing that I have to say about it is that I would never wear sneakers and boots with my suits. Well… maybe low-tops with the suits, but it has to look JUST RIGHT. I want it to “go” and not just to “match.”
Finally, sockless in suits are oftentimes made for those who are already well-known (i.e. George Clooney, Brad Pitt), than your average person. I suggest to keep your socks on, unless you’re living off in the Caribbean or somewhere working by the beach.
What are your thoughts?