I have heard many say that shoe trees are merely fanciful accessories for your dress(y) shoes, unconvinced of its use. Some have told me that purchasing a pair of shoe trees is too much for a wallet that is already empty from investing in a pair of dress shoes. Besides, there are cheaper alternatives out there that can help perform the same functions (I have friends that stuff crumpled newspaper into their shoes)! Surely, shoe trees are all part of a marketing gimmick to make us spend more money, right?
We know it’s not always true that the more expensive something is, the better its quality. Yet, when we compare goodyear welted shoes to cemented, rubber-soled ones, they are thought to be more superior in terms of appearance, comfort, and durability. When it comes to shoes, appearance and comfort is, for the most part, subjective; durability has got to do with how well the shoes are being cared for and how often they are worn. This gives us good enough reason to try and debunk some of the misconceptions that most of us might have for both types of constructions.
Many of the older men out there have a certain ascetic streak – with no particular need of material gifts. But I am guessing though, you’ve put your old man through a lot during your time on this universe and he has always been there for you. Hence, he definitely deserves a reward or at least some sort of bonus.
Classy, elegant and sleek, the Oxfords are staples in men’s wardrobes. Every Oxford features closed lacing, which means that the front (or vamp, to be technical) covers the back (or the quarters). Below is a comparison of the Oxford (top) and a Derby (bottom), the latter characterized by open lacing.
The times have changed, gone are the days when looking like a real man means looking bedraggled, unkempt and a decade-older version of yourself. We’ve come up with these 3 essential grooming habits that we feel would make a tremendous difference in the way you look and more importantly, in the way you feel.