Yesterday I spent the day visiting men’s shoes stores on Madison and 5th Ave. I made stops at Slivano Lattanzi, Tom Ford (not a shoe store) J.M. Weston, John Lobb, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks 5th Ave.
Along the way I was very mindful of the shoes men were wearing on the streets. In general it was very underwhelming. Not to mention that with the exception of a few stores Lattanzi, and Weston the rest of the stores were underwhelming as well (service and merchandising I’ll write about in another post).
The typical footwear of the 20-30 year old office workers was something like this.
Older men were wearing loafers Ala John McCain. It may be age and bending over that has something to do with it.
Why is it that shoes are reduced to the lowest common denominator? Surely there are better options out there; I know this as I speak from experience. To be successful you need to look successful, business 101, It’s a credibility issue. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. A good pair of traditional, or classic shoes will boost your cred 100% not to mention the appearance of your wardrobe.
20-30 something’s would do well in a pair of Church’s Diplomat’s or Grafton’s,
While the loafer lovers would look great in the Artioli’s with their elastic laces or a Weston loafer.
Of course there are many other options to choose from, and as always I am happy to help you find the perfect shoes to fit your individual lifestyle.