One of the best things about fall clothes is the added texture and weight of the fabrics they’re made from. Corduroy, tweed, flannel and denim, besides looking great, have a tactile quality about them and need a beefier shoe to match. Here’s a guide to six of the more versatile styles.
1. The Brown Suede Oxford
Dark brown suede is a great material for fall shoes, as it mirrors some of the rich textures found in the clothing fabrics popular this season. In a chunky oxford like this pair, you get a “go anywhere” kind of shoe that dresses up a casual outfit or tones down a jacket and tie. A heavier sole and prominent stitching give it a not-too-serious vibe.
2. The Saddle Shoe
What could be more retro cool than an old-school pair of saddle shoes? While a pair in the iconic black and white leather may be a bit too costume-like for many guys, in tan suede and brown leather they get a new dose of cool. The brick-red rubber sole makes them a comfortable option for long walks, and they’re practically a cinch with a Shetland sweater and your favorite pair of soft old khakis.
3. The Plain Toe Blucher
A pair of plain and simple lace-up bluchers in a medium to light shade of brown is an easy yet sharp choice with most fall looks, especially at the end of a pair of wide-wale corduroy pants. For more of a country feel, opt for pebble-grain leather and a chunky, sturdy sole. As much as you want to take proper care of your shoes, this one actually looks good with a bit of “wreck” on it.
4. The Heavy Wing-Tip
There will be times when you want to dress up a bit more, and for those occasions a heavy wing-tip is a great choice. A pair in dark brown or even black looks great with a heavy flannel suit or a tweed jacket and wool trousers. Carry them right over into a casual look with a pair of dark denim jeans and a wax cotton jacket. Keep them clean and polished, and store them on shoe trees, and they’ll be your friends forever.
5. The Penny Loafer
While the penny loafer may not be as big and weighty as the others, it bears mentioning here. Comfy and laid-back, it’s really a great year-round option, equally at home with heavy cords or dark jeans in the fall as it is with bare ankles and shorts in the summer. This is strictly a casual shoe, so always stick with brown. To avoid costume nostalgia, skip the actual pennies.
6. The Rubber Moc
There will be days when it’s wet and messy, but you can handle the weather in style with a pair of trusty New England rubber mocs. They’ll keep the mud and rain out and keep your feet dry and warm, and few things go better with a waxed cotton coat. Their easy on/off design makes for a quick change of shoes when you arrive at the office, and on a casual day they’re just plain cool enough to keep them on all the time. These days they’re available in lots of colors, but the best choice will always be brown rubber with tan leather.
These are by no means the only options out there (we haven’t even mentioned chukkas, camp mocs or ankle boots) but they are a good place to start. Don’t let the chill wind bother you — fall is a great time for wearing stylish clothes.
Photo credits: An Affordable Wardrobe
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