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A guide to buying good men’s shoes

Here is a confession: After shopping from popular shoe brands for twenty years, I once decided to buy a pair of sneakers worth Rs 499 from the street market. Eight years later, I can tell you that I haven’t worn them more than twice.

Why? They gave me the impression of walking on stones, barefoot. Who likes that? Nobody.

There are many layers to the process of finding a good pair of men’s shoes, and their price is the thinnest.

From impressive features to sole technologies, it all counts. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here. But to make it easier for you to choose the right men’s shoes, we’ve filtered out some easy-to-digest tips.

1. Know your terrain

First, decide where you will use the shoes. Is it for a formal setting? A marriage? Would you wear them to your gym? Or do you prefer to go off-road?

Dress shoes, such as Oxfords and Derbys, are more suitable for events and formal occasions. They’re sleek and comfortable, but they’re not designed to give you the support and technical benefits that road shoes will give you.

Likewise, road shoes are designed for a very smooth surface. They work with the natural movement of your foot to provide support. Whereas for off road running you need shoes with less cushion but more grip and support.

2. Check the weight

It’s amazing the difference the weight of your shoes can make. For example, if you opt for running shoes, you might think that an extra 100g wouldn’t make a difference. But you’ll know it’s important when you notice the change in your running time and pace.

Once you know the purpose of buying a new pair, stick to lightweight technology.

3. Choose substance over style

Many people buy shoes based on their looks or price, but later, once they start wearing them regularly, they end up hurting themselves. The reason could just be the material here.

Not all shoes designed for speed provide comfort and support. You can find a trending product that works wonders, there’s no doubt about it. But when buying, you should focus on material, comfort, and support rather than how cool a pair looks or how expensive it is.

4. Invest in technique

If you’re an introvert who goes out once a week, you wouldn’t bother buying a super comfortable pair of shoes that just don’t look good. But if you are someone who wears shoes to work every day or attends dinners and events daily, comfort becomes a need for you.

As a casual runner, you may not pay attention to technique in the same way as a professional runner. But learning more about the technology that shoe brands continue to introduce through their products is an important talking point.

5. Beware of shoe snakes

If the deal seems too good to be true, trust your instincts. Counterfeits are flooding the market and you need to be careful when buying through private listings – look at the box, tag quality, study the tags inside the shoes, find out where the tag is located brand name, release date, shoe SKU, factory code.

This will save you from buying fake shoes that are neither good for your feet nor for your image.

6. Don’t give in to the hype

Don’t buy a pair of shoes just because everyone is buying them. Find your own style, something that meets your purpose and invest in it.

When it comes to something as personal as shoes, don’t give in to the hype just because an actor has it or your favorite influencer suggests it.

There are some great shoes that no one seems to care about just because they’re not part of the hype. So ask yourself why you buy them? Are they too flashy for your taste? Or do they actually serve your purpose and complement your wardrobe?

7. Find just the right amount of comfort

A few things to remember when checking the fit of shoes in a store:

  • Buy shoes in the afternoon – your feet expand during the day.
  • Wear the socks in the same material and length that you intend to wear with the shoes.
  • Allow seller to measure both of your feet – buy the size that fits the larger foot.
  • Make sure you have at least a quarter to a half inch of space between your toe and the inside edge of the shoe when you stand up.
  • Walk around in the shoes for a few minutes to check the quality of the sole and material before confirming.
  • Forget the size mentioned on the shoes and trust the comfort label of your feet.
  • Check for other materials like labels and stitching that might irritate your feet on long walks.