As members of the fairer sex have been known to say, you can learn a lot about a man by his shoes. (And no, they’re not talking about the size of those shoes.) Does he have a keen eye for quality? Is he unafraid to invest in lasting style? Are his feet oddly square-shaped? The shoes tell all.
Regrettably, the story being told by many guys’ footwear is a sad one indeed. While a growing number of gents have discovered the pleasures of wearing a suit that actually fits, far too many (yourself excluded, no doubt) seem to have forgotten that dressing well doesn’t stop at the ankles. Quality dress shoes shouldn’t be an afterthought; they’re the foundation of a well-chosen wardrobe. Whether you’re dressing to impress yourself or your future wife, there’s really no excuse for skimping in this department. (Especially when Gilt is a part of the equation.) Just make sure your shoes match your suit, and remember to keep them polished. And keep in mind that well made, leather-soled dress shoes are every bit as comfortable as those sporty, rubber-soled loafers you spotted on sale at the mall last weekend—and they’ll last a lot longer, too.