Who is scanning the red carpet for celebrity’s choices in style?
Studies show that there is no gender-related sense when it comes to following celebrity fads. Trends are often set by our favorite actor/actress as they walk the runway at an awards ceremony or during a fashion show. The same can be said when it comes to seeing famous athletes such as LeBron James playing in Nikes or Dwayne Wade’s sporting his line, Li-Ning Way of Wade 2.
Advertising executives have expressed that what consumers buy and wear is determined by who they see on TV. So it’s pretty understandable that when a well-known actor such as Brad Pitt is seen rocking a pair of brogues, that style will sky rocket in popularity.
What is trending in men’s footwear this season?
1. Lace-Up Boots
Lace-up boots are a long-time favorite among female and male celebrity’s. They are perfect for setting off a great pair of ripped jeans or adding ruggedness to a pair of cargo pants and a tee. There are a ton of lace-up styles to choose from including; hiking boots, military boots, dress boots with a slight heel; or the traditional ankle boot. Some of the top designers/brands this year are Steve Madden, Diesel, Clarks and of course Timberland.
While brogues weren’t always intended to be fashionable, they quickly grew to be a staple in a man’s wardrobe. Modern brogues originated in Scotland and Ireland and were designed with small perforations to allow water to drain through the shoe when treading in wet terrain. The modern brogue has perforations purely for decorative purposes.
Brogues can be divided into two groups the Derby and the Oxford. The shoe design can be broken down into additional sub-groups depending on the types of perforations on the shoe, which include full brogue (wingtip), half brogue and quarter brogue. The great thing about this type of shoe is it’s versatility. Brogues can be worn with an upscale business suit or dressed down with a pair of skinny jeans and v-neck sweater.
3. Monk Straps
The name of the shoe alone, Monk, might tend to make someone shy away from trying a pair on. Thank goodness the shoe doesn’t resemble the leather sandals worn by it’s namesake. The shoe was indeed worn by Monks as an alternative to the less protective sandals they normally wore. They were longer lasting and made a better choice as an all-around work shoe.
The most notable thing about the monk strap shoe is its lack of lacing. It’s constructed very similar to that of a Blucher or Derby, with the quarters crossing over the vamp or tongue of the shoe. The one difference between the two is that a monk shoe is closed by a strap or buckle.
This style comes in a variety of materials and designs such as single or double strap, leather or suede, and dressed down or dressed up. Today, a monk strap can be seen worn with an Oscar de la Renta suit on the red carpet or with an informal pair of denim jeans.
4. Classic Loafers
Loafers may come and go, but they never stay out of style for long. These shoes first came out in the early 1930’s when Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger introduced them as the ‘Aurland moccasin’ in Norway. Then in the late 1930’s the Spaulding family started making shoes based on the same design and called them ‘loafers.’ By the 1950’s, loafers become an integral part of a mans shoe wardrobe.
Today, the classic loafer is seen as part of the Gucci collection, as well as a number of other famous designers’ lines. The best part about this shoe is it’s endless style options. Loafers come in a variety of textures and colors. They can be worn with socks or without, and pair well with jeans, shorts, khakis, dress pants and chinos. To accomplish the more daring Gucci look, try wearing an embellished or tartan pair of loafers and a pair of patterned socks.
More about me: Jane Grates
Jane is a wife, entrepreneur and long distance runner in order of importance. When she is not preparing for a race, she stays busy managing her websites Nicershoes.com, Runnerclick.com and Gearweare.com. She travels to popular running destinations frequently together with her husband.
Disclaimer: All facts and views are researched or based upon the Authors (Jane Grates) opinions.
Mahershala Ali: http://people.com/style/sag-awards-2017-best-dressed-guys/
Ashton Sanders: http://www.gq.com/gallery/2017-sag-awards-best-dressed-men