Essential Footwear for 2015
The year is in full swing and with the Spring months comes more footwear options. Higher temperatures mean us Joes can mix it up a little more, and while we’re still never going to advocate Crocs, we do have some suggestions to ensure your feet look stylish and are on trend in 2015.
No matter if you’re a Joe or a Jane, we all face the same nightmare decision at one point in our lifetimes: “What shoes should I wear for this night out?” Unless you’re likely to end up at a rave or indie club, trainers just won’t make the cut, but at the same time, your best brogues are probably slightly too formal and precious for sweaty bars and clubs. So we recommend you chuck on some chukkas or desert boots.
Tod’s Rubber Soled Suede Chukka Boots would be a rare treat at £325. But we think they’re worth it. Refine your casual wardrobe with these sophisticated yet relaxed chukka boots. This understated pair is flawlessly made in Italy from suede drawing on a rich heritage of leather craftsmanship. They’re practical and ooze class.
The Godfrey Leather Desert Boots by KG Kurt Geiger come in at £79. Realised in smooth tan leather, these desert boots will lend casual ensembles a smart spin. A wardrobe staple, this pair combines a classic design with a grip sole and subtle burnished detailing for maximum effect.
Bringing out your white trainers in the Winter can be a risky business with a high probability of mud stains bought on by wet and windy weather. But we’re into Spring and the humble trainer should be your go-to for a casual look. A minimal and solidly-soled White pair of leather trainers is an essential addition to any style-conscious Joe.
We recommend Adidas Stan Smith Trainers in White and Green for £67. First introduced in 1972, the Stan Smith by Adidas was the first full-leather court shoe. These trainers are still making history today with a signature clean and minimal design.
But don’t be afraid to stick to White. These Vans Era PRM in Black will go well with almost anything and are great value at £57.00. Originally released in 1976, the Vans Era was one of the first shoes designed purposely for skateboarding due to the ankle padding and flexible sole. This Era PRM is presented in a black leather upper sat on a white vulcanised midsole and features a white Vans brand tab to the side walls. The shoe is finished with rubberised branding to the heel plus black laces.
We recommend you get your hands on some suede brogues. They’ll still communicate the same formality as a leather brogue, but are lighter and will add natural texture to any look. Make sure you take care of your suede, though. Apply a waterproofing stain-repellent spray and regularly brush off surface dirt with a soft-bristled suede brush.
Aldrich WC Derby brogues by Paul Smith in Brown are excellent value at £185.00. Paul Smith has always offered quintessential Joes styling, and the Aldrich WC Derby brogues are designed in high quality suede with a leather upper and sole. They’re a cracking city style by anyone’s standards.
For something a little more wallet-friendly, Dune Rayman Wingtip Suede Brogues in Tan are superb at £89. Update your summer wardrobe with this lightweight suede brogue, with traditional brogue details and contrast laces that add depth and character.
It’s definitely become more acceptable these dayys for the average Joe to wear a pair of sports shoes as a lifestyle choice with runners crossing over into fashion. We say owning a casual pair of ‘trainers’ is a must.
We recommend these New Balance 410 in Royal Blue/Light Grey for £60. The 410 trainers were first released back in the 80s as a technical, light weight running shoe with a low profile silhouette. The shoes are sat on a low profile white midsole with a black outsole and are finished with a white mesh tongue, grey laces and a branded tongue tab.
These Nike Primo Court trainers in Suede Navy priced at £55 are perfect for a casual day out. Nike’s ‘Primo Court’ trainers are styled in navy suede with applique side logos and lace fastenings. These casual trainers are mesh lined for breathability and have classic white rubber sole.
Not only are boat shoes incredibly comfortable, they are the smartest casual shoe we know. They also have the luxury of looking great in practically any colour.
Cowes by KG Kurt Geiger in Blue at £95 are one of our tips. Take your style notes from the classics with this leather boat shoe, featuring iconic styling detail with a stitched round toe, two-eyelet lace up fastening and a contrasting rubber sole.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little bolder, these Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Suede Boat Shoes in Red are great value at £85. These shoes are so-named because they are both the real deal and were the first example of what is now an iconic design. Crafted from supple leather that will adapt to the shape of your foot with use and kitted with the company’s signature rubber soles that grip well even in wet conditions, they’ll serve you well whether you’re out on deck or strolling through town.
So there we have our Essential Footwears for 2015! Look to add one or two of these key footwear silhouettes to your collection and you’ll be ready for anything, no matter how changeable the weather or occasion. Let us know what you think in the comments below!