Sometimes, shopping becomes an annoying, boring or tiring activity for us men. Whether you're shopping online or going out to shop, whether you’re buying a random t-shirt for your nightwear or a fancy suit for an event, shopping takes time and effort. Added to this, looking for something as specific as a particular type of formal footwear can seem scary. Nevertheless, if you have the right approach and know the exact qualities you’re supposed to look for while choosing formal shoes, shopping for them can become the simplest task.
Know the purpose
It’s extremely important to be clear regarding the purpose of your formal shoes. Are you going to wear them everyday to the office? Are you buying them only for your friend’s wedding? Do you need new formal shoes only for your important business conference? Knowing the purpose of your purchase will give you clarity regarding the type, colour, fit, quality and price of the formal shoes that you want to buy. It is also important to keep in mind the outfit/s that you plan to pair your shoes with. Don’t buy something that’s going to look bad paired with your clothes.
Comfort comes first
The first thing that you’re supposed to check in your perfect pair of formal shoes
is their fit. Appearance is secondary; if you’re feeling uncomfortable in your footwear, there is no point in buying it even if it is the best looking shoe that you’ve ever seen. It is advised to check the fit of your shoes thoroughly by putting them on with socks. If they fit well, you can walk around to test how they will feel when you’re on the go. Shoes which hurt your foot, toe, heel or ankle in any way are a complete no. Don’t fall for their looks; keep in mind to prioritize comfort because you will have them on for hours and you don’t want to end up feeling uncomfortable.
Check the quality
A common mistake made by people is to think more expensive shoes will guarantee better quality. Well, that for sure is a myth. Make sure your formal shoes are of good quality. If you are buying leather formal shoes then the quality of leather should be genuine. The smell of leather is easily identified and leather which is impure might smell like plastic. Check for any defects that the shoes might have. You don’t want to step into a fancy party with the seams of your footwear coming loose or the heel on the verge of breaking.
Appearance of the shoe is an important factor
Choose something that appeals to you and something that you actually like. Go in for a colour that you like and something that will look good with the outfit that you plan to wear it with. Don’t force yourself to take lace ups because you think they are more fashionable if you actually want to go in for cap toes. If you feel confused regarding your preference then go straight to classics. Simple blacks and browns will always stay in fashion and look good with any and every outfit. Classic pieces are best suited for formal occasions as formal situations are all about class.
In the end, the most important thing to do is to buy a pair of formal shoes
which you can carry. Don’t go in for current fashion trends if you don’t like them. Your perfect pair of formal shoes doesn’t have to be of a specific colour, type or quality; just choose something that you love wearing and can feel confident in.