“It’s got to be the Shoes”

From Fred Astaire to Elvis Presley to Run DMC to Michael Jordan, the relationship between a man and his shoes is personal. Whether the shoes are the finishing touch to a tailor-made ensemble or being paired with the most comfortable pair of jeans in your closet—think about what you are putting on your feet. George Frasier of Esquire magazine once said, “Wanna know if a guy is well dressed? Look down.”

Consider these color pairings when getting dressed:

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The condition of your shoes says something about you. Your shoes shouldn’t look like you stopped to play kickball in a rock quarry on the way to the office. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help preserve your investment:

  • Shine your shoes at least once every seven wears. This will keep them looking good and help maintain the leather.
  • Place shoe trees in your shoes, as soon as you take them off. The leather is warm and malleable and the trees help maintain shape—cedar trees, particularly, help eliminate moisture. (Note: The average person has approximately 125,000 sweat glands in each foot—your shoes deserve a break.)
  • Buy quality shoes. Over the course of wearing dress shoes, it will be significantly cheaper to replace the soles and heels versus buying new pairs repeatedly.