Whether it’s a pair of boots to tackle chilly days or sleek patent formal shoes, a man of style needs an arsenal of footwear to take him through the winter months, whatever they may involve. Meet the six on-trend-but-timeless styles to wear for every occasion…
The Double Monk Strap
Effortlessly bridging the ‘desk to date’ gap, the double monk has the ability to add a dapper touch to your formal wardrobe while still looking great with chinos and denim off-duty. Already standout thanks to the double monk strap design, the intricate brogue detailing on Kurt Geiger’s 'Raphael' elevates this style to new heights. The black version looks best paired with a standard order black suit and white shirt (for the office or an occasion), while the rich brown can handle bolder hues and casual looks – try said chinos with a granddad collar shirt.
The Minimalist Trainer
We know certain things are often lauded as having the power to ‘go with everything’ but in the case of Kurt Geiger’s 'Donnie' trainers, they’ve got the goods to back up the claim. Sleek, subtle and streamlined, the beauty lies in their simplicity and timeless design. Box-fresh white is always a good idea, but the black version will see you through winter and work for smarter occasions where you can bend the usual dress code rules a bit. Try with ankle grazing tailored trousers and a wool overcoat.
The Chelsea Boot
The beloved Chelsea boot has a place in every man’s wardrobe, especially during the winter months. Kurt Geiger’s 'Frederick' sits at the smarter end of the Chelsea spectrum, crafted from supple suede with a sharp chisel toe. The classic colour palette – rich brown, navy or dark grey – provide options that will take you from day to night. For the former, think jeans and a sleek beige mac, the latter, a bold checked suit and form-fitting knitted roll neck.
The Sock Sneaker
As far as we’re concerned, footwear and style needn’t be mutually exclusive, and nothing proves this more than fashion’s latest hot hybrid, the sock sneaker. Fusing – you guessed it – stretchy sock style uppers with a sneaker sole, shunning traditional laces, leather uppers and tongues in favour of futuristic styling makes for seriously exciting, standout kicks. The ultimate finishing touch for the casual menswear looks that are everywhere right now, the brand new Kurt Geiger 'Flexor' (coming soon!) blurs the lines between streetwear and high-fashion with a bespoke knit fabric developed in-house by Kurt Geiger’s design team. Don’t be intimidated by their bold looks – stick to ripped denim or slim sweatpants and you can’t go wrong.
The Classic Loafer
Often regarded as more flamboyant than brogues, Oxfords and the like, loafers are actually about as timeless as it gets. The great thing about the loafer is that it can be as smart or as casual as you want it to be. Leather styles err on the smarter side, making 'Moleman' in black the perfect option for polished tailoring. The tan version will lend itself to smart/casual combinations, like classic denim and a roll-neck knit. The knack to pulling off loafers lies in making sure trousers are cut to the right length and taper to the ankle. Especially important if you want to go sockless, but if you can’t go without socks in the colder months, make sure to match them to the colour of your trousers.
The Patent Lace-Up
When it comes to completing a special occasion outfit, nothing compares to a pair of glossy patent shoes. Dressier by nature, it used to be that they would be reserved solely for wear with a tuxedo, but as the smart/casual boundaries blur, styles like Kurt Geiger’s 'Dermot' also work with less formal combo’s like checked trousers, a sleek fine knit and tailored overcoat. The trick is to choose pieces that complement, rather than clash or compete with the hi-shine finish. Inherently festive, add a pair of sleek patent shoes to your arsenal and say goodbye to formal footwear conundrums for good.