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The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - BEAUTY. SPOT -

time­less say­ing goes, “You can tell the mea­sure of a man by his shoes” – and this may be the rea­son I have over 40 pairs.

Now you might think it strange that I have more shoes than my wife, but I have not bought a pair for over a decade. What you pay for is what you get when it comes to wheels.

Shoes are of­ten the most over­looked item in a man’s wardrobe, yet they are ar­guably the most im­por­tant. They say a lot about your per­son­al­ity, taste and at­ten­tion to fine de­tail and can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween look­ing aver­age or im­mac­u­late.

Qual­ity, dura­bil­ity, com­fort, style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion are what you get when pur­chas­ing a high-grade shoe.

Of course, work­man­ship, ma­te­rial, de­tail and de­sign comes at a price, but is an in­vest­ment when com­pared to ma­chine­pro­duced cheaper coun­ter­parts, which need to be re­placed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Lux­u­ri­ous shoes are usu­ally hand­made, mean­ing a timely and qual­ity-as­sured process that can have in ex­cess of a dozen people cut­ting, stitch­ing and tan­ning to guar­an­tee a flaw­less fin­ish. This process will en­sure fewer ma­chine man­u­fac­tur­ing mis­takes cou­pled with a more de­tailed fin­ish that en­sures longer life.

Lower-priced im­i­ta­tions are as­so­ci­ated with a lack of style, taste and imag­i­na­tion. And no one wants that.

Poor qual­ity shoes are more no­tice­able when a man is well dressed due to the con­trast it cre­ates; there­fore it is far bet­ter to have four pairs of good qual­ity shoes than 10 pairs of aver­age shoes. Skimp on your shirts, pants and ca­su­al­wear if need be but never on your shoes.

So, in­vest in a fine pair and stick to the fol­low­ing rules to en­sure they last for years and stay look­ing good as new:

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