Something is happening in the world of male fashion. Guys – like regular, everyday guys – are starting to step up their sartorial game. They’re adding pocket squares to their sports coats, and wearing hats because they like how it looks (not because they haven’t showered in eight days aka my husband-back-in-college). I was astounded to learn, at my sister’s wedding, that most of the groomsmen had bought their own tux shirts (rather than rent) because they were all so fastidious about fit.
Times are changing, peeps.
What I notice, though, is that there is a style gap between the guys that do care and the guys that don’t. And when you factor in changing trends (and frankly, most people get stuck dressing like they did their first year out of college…) this gap is widening. Forget about mom jeans (we’re all looking pretty good amiright?) the next big joke will be on dads.
So let me propose a few easy upgrades. Nothing too crazy, nothing too “dude-y” (my dad’s word for anything he won’t wear), nothing too far out of a comfort-loving man’s comfort zone. The best place to start?
I know I’m breaking some hearts here. But flip-flops? Unless you are actually at the beach (or going into a communal shower and worried about fungus)…put on some real shoes.
And just so we’re clear: Crocs are not real shoes.
Last item I’ll harp on: Trail shoes. They are awesome for hiking. Did you catch that? —>FOR HIKING<— For general dad-ing around, one does not need trail shoes.
Likewise, one does not typically need features like ‘superior traction’ on date-night (at least not in the shoes). If you guys are going out and he reaches for the trail shoes, it’s time to bust out the granny panties, Mamas. Bust out the granny panties.
(Disclaimer: I do believe any style “rule” can be successfully broken somewhere, by someone. For example, if Mike wore this on date night, I’d be totally OK with flip-flops away from the beach. So….yeah. There’s that.)
Here are a bunch of seriously awesome guy-shoes that can get your man through almost any casual summer situation. (And they’ve all been approved by Mike since he tends to be rather opinionated about these things.)
ASOS Retro Sneakers, $28
Gola Blade Sneakers, $80
Vans Rata Vulc, $47
Seavees Hermosa Pop, $98
TOMS Chambray Paseos, $59
Birkenstock Sandals, $120 at Zappos
Ted Baker Tuxee Sandal, $120 at Nordstrom
Aldo Lorren Sandals, $123 at ASOS
I know the sandals might be pushing it. We could probably do a whole article on the topic of man-sandal alone. Any interest?
Lastly, I need to point out Van’s Rata Vulc (the middle shoe pictured under the ‘Surf-Inspired’ heading). Mike, my sister’s husband, and my older brother all own (and love) this shoe. Not bad, considering that this shoe appeals to guys with an almost 15 year age difference.
And if you want to be really fancy, swap out the factory laces of any canvas sneaker for a leather pair, like my sister’s husband did in the very top pic. Instant style upgrade.