Some of us are trendsetters, some of us are trend followers – whichever one you are, your priority should be to look and feel as good as possible, as often as you can. Your shoes say so much about you – do you really want to be walking around wearing shoes that say you’re dull, dirty, and full of holes? Didn’t think so.

Now, you may think that what makes that perfect pair of everyday shoes is the number of years you’ve had them or how deeply you foot’s been imprinted into the insole. Wrong, boys… so wrong. We all know that what really makes the right pair of shoes – you know the ones… that pair that make your eyes light up when you look at them, the ones where you wiggle your toes in excitement before putting them on.

So, if it’s time to pick out a new pair of everyday shoes, here are the top 5 qualities you want to look out for:

Style

Your style could be super casual or very smart – either way, out of all of the items in your outfit, your shoes are the ones most likely to decide just where you stand on the spectrum. Obviously you want to go for something that rings true to your personal style, and that is fashionable too. There are lots of things to keep in mind when it comes to settling on a style, these mainly include; colour (do you want to go bright, or stick to black or white?), fabric (canvas, leather, suede), fit (lace-ups, slip on, Velcro – what are you, 5?)

Versatility

When you’re living the good life, you’re probably out on your feet all day, where lunch plans can turn into dinner plans and then extend into a night out. Try to choose a pair that can withstand your long days and heavy nights, and that will also look good no matter what time of day it is.

Quality

You know good quality when you see and feel it – the fabric is strong, the stitching is precise and impeccably done, the laces are sturdy, and the colour on your shoes is rich and deep. Trust us, you’ll feel so much better knowing that your feet are cosily nestled in shoes that you not only love to wear, but feel good about.

Comfort and fit

If this is your everyday staple, then one definite way of guaranteeing comfort is by ensuring that your shoes fit properly. We have it on good authority that the size of boys’ feet doesn’t signify anything beyond the corresponding size of their shoes, so don’t bother getting shoes that are too big for you.

Resilience

Rain or shine, you can wear your favourite pair of shoes day-in, day-out, and they will remain in tiptop condition. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after them by giving them a good clean and polish every now and then!

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