Sole Mat­ters

Bespoke - - HIS SHOES -

Mr. Porter’s in-house shoe buyer David Mor­ris rounds up his top five must-have shoes.

2. Brogues

So-called be­cause of the punch holes or ‘brogu­ing’ cut into the leather, these shoes are in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile. Have a lit­tle fun with how you style them. The lighter the shade, the more ca­sual the styling.

4. Penny loafers

Orig­i­nally adopted by Ivy League col­lege kids back in the 1960s, the penny loafer oozes ef­fort­less ap­peal. I like to in­voke a bit of the 1950s into my look with turned-up jeans but they can as eas­ily be worn with a suit or tai­lored shorts with in­vis­i­ble socks.

1. Chelsea boots

Wear these on week­ends for din­ner with friends at the pub, or why not be the best­dressed guy at the foot­ball match? Styling­wise, slim denim is an ab­so­lutely must to show off the sil­hou­ette of the shoe, as a wider leg will en­velop the shoe and ruin the look.

3. White sneak­ers

They’re just so ver­sa­tile, you can’t fault sim­ple white train­ers. For re­silience, a leather ex­am­ple is best and Adi­das Stan Smith’s or Com­mon Projects are my go-to. They look per­fect dressed down with jeans or chi­nos, or even dressed up with a ca­sual suit and t-shirt.

5. Ox­ford shoes

Whether you like it or not, we all need to be pre­pared for for­mal oc­ca­sions like wed­dings, funer­als or a job in­ter­view. This style should never be worn with denim, that’s a clas­sic faux-pas (and a pet peeve of mine); the pared-down sim­plic­ity of the shoe is best teamed with a sharp tai­lored suit. All items are from www.mr­porter.com

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