All I can think about this week Is Spring. We have had a rough winter so far , and I am seeing shorts and bare feet in the future.
This year, I want to grab a pair of casual sneakers that have a little bit of a punch. Comfort and fashion can merge under the correct circumstances, and as long as I choose a classic color, I will be safe. As will you.
I would say that if you want to get in on this trend, choose a sneaker that isn’t too flashy. You want to look stylish, not crazy. Get something with more of a flat, classic look. Make sure you don’t try and fashionably wear a trainer - it just isn’t going to happen. You want to be able to wear it with shorts, with a cuffed pant, and ideally they can go from work to play. I like the “retro” look of some of the New Balance Classics. They are a reasonable price point, and from what I have heard and researched for myself, quite good quality.
Get some new Spring kicks!
Winter Footwear Wonders
In Atlantic Canada where I live, proper footwear during all seasons (especially the Winter) is a must, and I have learned this the hard way. This is probably my first year having practical, yet still stylish footwear, such as the great boots from Aldo pictured above as an example. I have ruined many pairs of shoes from salt, slush, snow, and water, and this year I was prepared.
The line between having a functional, but still appealing boot is not as slim as you would think, thankfully. Go for something in a neutral color that will match almost every outfit. Black, grey, camel, and brown are all fantastic because they match basically any color or ensemble. If you find that it gets a little boring, throw in a fun shoelace, or buy a boot with an accent detail of print, rivet, or zipper. I, personally, have a pair in each of my favorite 4 neutral colors, but that is partly because I have a shoe collecting problem to begin with and am not someone who can only have one option.
In my opinion it seems wise to go for something that is above the ankle, and is a nice heavy leather. That way unless you are in an actual flood, your feet should stay dry and warm. They look great with your pants covering them, or if you want to rock a more casual look with a cuffed pant and a loose lace, you see the boot and the detail on it. If you are going to purchase an attractive piece of quality footwear, you may want to show it off sometimes. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend suede, but that is your prerogative - it is just asking to be ruined by the salty mess. Wait for desert boots and saddle shoes in the spring to bust out the soft suede.
No matter what boot you choose, ALWAYS get a protective leather spray. I get an all purpose protective spray, and clean and re-spray the boots about every two weeks. It keeps them fresh looking, and adds extra protection so that you can have them for more than one season. When I clean my leather footwear, I put a tablespoon of vinegar in a spray bottle of warm water, spray and wipe the boots, and then spray them with a layer of the leather protector. A good piece of footwear should always last more than one season. Luckily, a lighter pair of boots can be transitioned into early spring, so take extra care and you will get extra wear!
There are certain articles of clothing in your wardrobe that you can skimp on, and I firmly believe that footwear is not one of them. You can find great sales on footwear, which is usually what I shoot for. As I said, a good pair of shoes or boots can be with you for years if you treat them right - where as a pair of yellow jeans may just be in for one season. Allocate your big ticket purchases for items that are here to stay.
Remember: Always spray. I can’t stress it enough. Crucial.
Today’s purchase #2 : Bright blue denim shorts and rose colored joggers #menstrends #mensfashion #coloreddenim #menscasualwear #denim #springfashion (Taken with instagram)
Today’s purchase : Varsity sweater and beige boat shoes. Good spring / summer finds. #mensfashion #mensfootwear #menstrends #shopping #springfashion (Taken with instagram)
Today’s wears. Grey on grey on grey. With some black and pink. #mensfashion #vans #springfashion (Taken with instagram)