The Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes and Shoe Care

I would say that a good shoe is exactly like a good wine. These shoes are going to stay and last for a long time – Christian Louboutin



Every type of shoe requires special attention, proper care, and maintenance. So today we are going to be discussing 5 Tips On How To Wear And Take Better Care Of Your Shoes. Enjoy.

Related: The Eight Golden Rules of Shoe Care by Salvatore Ferragamo

#1. Keep your Shoes Clean Always

Most men overlook this a lot. They polish their shoes only once every week, some others polish once every month. A few others polish every morning just before they leave for work and then wear it all day in the sandy, dirty and muddy ground without cleaning and proper care. These are all WRONG!! A stylish man always keeps his shoes clean, well shined and free of dirt at any time of the day. Invest in pocket shoe shiner, this will always keep your shoe clean.

For Patent Leather shoes, you can prevent them from cracking by rubbing them occasionally with petroleum jelly, milk or olive oil. Simply apply cold-pressed nut oil, olive oil or beeswax to leather and buff with a cloth. Do this for only black leathers, if you apply these to a brown leather or any other color, it will leave stains.



#2. Avoid warped and out of shape shoes

It is advisable to have at least two pairs of dress shoes in the same color so you can let one pair rest for a day from sweat and stretching. So if you already have one black shoe, buy an extra black and if you have one brown shoe, double it up as well.  Doing this prevents them from warping in unwanted ways.

To ensure your shoe maintains the best form, place shoe trees in your shoes when you’re not wearing them.


#3. Wear the right socks with your shoe

When it comes to leather shoes, wear dark colored cotton or silk socks. By all means, avoid white athletic socks, it should be used only for sporting activities. Stick to navy or black casual socks or better still men’s dress socks, they come in different varieties, such as colorful, polka dot, funky and fun types.


#4. Avoid square-toed shoes by all means

Clunky Square-toed shoes were so popular in the 90s, fashion has now strayed far away from this non-classic look. They’ll probably never come back into fashion so if you still have them in your shoe closet, please discard them and get some slimmer and much more attractive shoes.



RelatedThe 3 Shoes Every Gentleman Should Own 

#5. Ensure your shoe color matches your belt color

This cannot be over-emphasized, the only exception is when you are wearing a casual outfit. If you are wearing dress shoes, make sure the color of your dress shoe matches the color of your belts (for all professional occasions). Also, the finish of your shoes and belts need to match. In other words, if your shoes are shiny, your belt should be shiny as well. If you’re wearing casual shoes or sneakers, make sure you wear a thicker casual belt to match instead of a thin dress belt.


Now let’s look at shoe types for different occasions.


Please note that there are over hundred types and styles of shoes, but let’s look at only the most common types. The style guide chart below from MenFash, summarizes the most common types of shoes and what it should be worn on.


Shoe Style Guide

For shoe types for native wear attires such as Kaftans, Dashiki, and the likes, see The KOBI KOACHMAN Guide to Men’s Native Wears-What to Wear & What Not to Wear

I leave you with Camille Lavignton Quote –

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Yours in Style,

Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.