A recent feature on GQ highlighted the importance of the newest slip-on shoes that are office appropriate. We now live in a world where the flexibility in office-wear makes it so much easier for men to get ready to punch in the hard-working hours. One of the most important elements to your day, whether you’re sitting down or doing plenty of walking, are what you have on your feet. I couldn’t tell you the amount of walking I do myself, and watch my fresh sneakers take a beating in the streets of Dhaka.
The point is to find yourself a pair of leather slip-ons with plenty of cushion on its soles.
No hassle with laces
On-the-go choice when you’re running out of time
Comfortable as a baby’s crib
A classier touch to a casual pair of shoes
Makes a semi-formal outfit look cooler
The disadvantages, however, is that it can be a tad tricky to combine this style of shoes with everyday work-wear. Even though they might be higher in quality leather, the most experience style savvy gentlemen put a little extra effort in making things look perfect. So, this is where you have to go back to basics. When you think of office-wear (traditionally), you think of sophistication; the overall look is slightly conservative. In order to keep in line with the rules, it’s important to make sure you’re dealing with solid basic colours like black, brown or grey.
In turn, you can keep the more colourful options for the weekend chill. And as always, you should always invest in items that you can wear over and over again, keeping the integrity of versatility intact.
Keep in mind that these shoes are only ankle high, which means the hemline of your trousers or jeans have to break or be cut at the correct length. In other words, you best make sure your ankles are ready to go full nude when you are wearing slip-ons. Yes, ditch the socks, it’s ridiculous hot now and you know it. If people decide to make a huge deal about not wearing socks with these shoes, just point out all the deluded gentlemen wearing strap-on sandals that let their feet stink like a battleground tactic to extract state secrets.
If it bothers you personally, there’s nothing wrong with wearing thin, no-show (below the ankle) socks to keep the illusion that you aren’t wearing any. If the shoes are a little higher, then proceed to buying low-cut socks instead. Ultimately, these shoes are supposed to keep things simple, comfortable and fashionable. It should be to no surprise that more and more details are leaning towards the more sophisticated designs to cater to the transition between casual and formal. Don’t worry, you’re in good hands knowing that you won’t have to compromise in design and comfort with slip-on shoes.
It’s the little things
After we’ve made our choices, as we stroll out of the wardrobe, we tend to overlook little details that matter in the long-run. While these pairs are easy to wear, it doesn’t mean you should be careless with them. Let’s face it, a pair of leather slip-ons aren’t cheap, but they are affordable. And if you decide to wear them frequently, taking care of them should be on your priority list. Yes, it’ll be a little time consuming, but it’s like buying a new car that you use every day. Once in a while, you’ll have to clean and polish. To make things last longer, get yourself more than a pair in different basic colours. While you’re wearing a pair out, the others are inside taking a breather. Once you’ve spent a day in them, come back home and get rid of the dust with a shoe brush. It’ll only take a couple of minutes, and it’s important to keep things clean as possible in a dusty city like ours.