There’s what men think impresses women, and there’s what actually impresses women.
It’s worth paying attention to this; some things, men worry about unnecessarily. And other things, men forget to pay attention to.
In a recent interview with a very talented SF style-genius, there was a lot of good news for normal, non-superhot guys:
“Shoes. Shoes are very important. A guy can have a belly, he can be sort of so-so looking, but if he smells good and has great shoes, game on. We can totally make something work.”
So the good news is you don’t need mega-lottery genes. Just like the caveman dorks who defeated the alpha-males through using their higher brain functions, you can make a smart shoe choice that might earn you a genetic legacy.
The “bad news”: there are no “Whateva Whateva shoes.”
Shoes always count.
One of these five. I list them below with level-up options for extra flair. (For a deeper dive on how to avoid too much flair, click here.)
Before you feast your eyes, some food for thought: every casual shoe below looks pretty much the way it has since it first emerged – 40, 50, or 60 years ago. The update is in the material and the color. This means that the best outfits to wear with your new kicks follow the same rules.
- Clean white t-shirt.
- Dark jeans, cuffed to show your new kicks.
- A classic polo in classic colors.
- A slim fitting, short sleeve shirt.
1. Chuck Taylor All-Stars: white, black, or blue.
+1 Flair: leather or herringbone.
+1 Flair: blue canvas
+1 Flair for sticking to all white. But if you gotta get your flair on, keep it simple and pick one. Red. Blue. Black.
+1 Flair: Keep it simple, keep it white.
6. Boat Shoes: brown or blue
+1 Flair: Really blue. Or blue linen.