7 Types Of Shoe Every Man Needs PART 2

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For The Beach: Espadrilles

The oldest type of shoe on this block, the espadrille has been knocking around Europe since the 14th century. The term espadrille is French, but the origins come from esparto, the Greek name for a tough type of Mediterranean grass used to make rope, rugs, baskets and the plaited soles of this type of shoe. It’s a common form of footwear that can be picked up inexpensively from markets around Southern Europe, but pricier, designer versions abound too.

Sturdier and more versatile than flip flops, espadrilles are fairly comfortable for short distances and suitable for sandy shores and beyond. Which means you can wear them from beach to bar and then take in the sights of the old town. The canvas uppers are breathable and cover the front of the foot – a bonus if you forgot to tidy your nails. Espadrilles go well with linen, beach wear, shorts, chinos, light jeans and can even go with a summer suit on the right occasion – a pool side wedding for example – but never, ever with socks.

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For The Gym (Or The Pub): Runners

Ever heard of Carolyn Davidson? We doubt it. So, you might be surprised to learn you could be wearing one of her designs right now. In 1971 Davidson designed the Nike Swoosh logo – for the princely sum of $35 (yeah, she got mugged off). The athletic shoe market is worth billions today – something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by high fashion brands: cue designer (overpriced) versions and endless collaborations to lure in younger customers.

In the 2000s Martin Margiela took a €10 runner off a Parisian market stall, scribbled on it with biro and sold it for €300 – and the cult fashion trainer was born. Other hits include Dior Homme’s ‘B01’, Valentino Garavani’s ‘Rockrunner’ and Balenciaga’s recent ‘Triple S’.

These days you can wear a multitude of sneaker styles with almost anything, but unless you’re confident pushing the fashion envelope, stick to denim and sportswear as foolproof options. Whether you’re a dedicated sneaker freak or just like the comfort factor, make sure you always have a decent pair for the gym – New Balance are a good shout. Proper running shoes give right support in the right places and can help protect the feet and ankles from injury. (And don’t worry about Carolyn – she received a diamond ring and 500 Nike shares some years later.)

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The Best Running Shoes For Men

The Best Winter Boots For Men 2020

Cold feet are a fact of winter, as reliable as dark mornings and drunken Decembers. The shoes you wear the rest of the year round – perforated trainers that let the chill in and low-rise shoes that let the rain in – don’t cut it in the worst of the weather. You need some winter boots and not just one pair, preferably two or three.

This is footwear originally designed for timber yards, hiking trails and the trenches of war; so you can be confident it will get you through a slightly frosty commute. In style, too, because the best winter boots are as good looking as they are practical.

Fashion has a thing for technical clothing of all kinds right now (hiking style and workwear are trends that won’t quit), but it’s always been happy to appropriate boots – from soldiers, mountaineers, riders and blue-collar workers. Those boots have the attributes all boots should have: durability, practicality, comfort and weatherproofing.

And despite those chunky soles and unforgiving leathers, winter boots are some of the most versatile shoes you can buy. Invest in the right pair and they’ll last decades if you look after them as much as they do you. So, best foot forward. Find the style that suits you best below, along with the go-to ways of wearing them.

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What To Look For In Winter Boots

Quality Materials

Good winter boots shouldn’t be dirt cheap if you want them to last, and you should. “The quickest way to spot quality in a boot is by the quality of the upper material,” says Tim Little, creative director and CEO of Grenson.

“A well-made boot will always be made of quality leather because no one would go to the effort of making a great boot in cheap leather. Quality leather always has soft creases and usually is hand polished so you can see the patina and dark and light patches. It isn’t always uniform.”

Alternatively, look for tanned leather, which tends to be thicker than painted leather and shouldn’t need as much weatherproofing.

Goodyear-Welted Soles

A solid footing in the winter means a pair of boots that feature the famous Goodyear welting technique to stitch the sole firmly to the upper via a rib-like strip of leather or canvas.

“The stitching of the welt can be seen above the welt and the sole stitch (through the welt) underneath the sole,” says James Fox, brand director for Crockett & Jones. “Be careful though. If you cannot see the continuation of this stitch through the sole you could be looking at a pair of cheaper, cemented boots using an imitation welt.”

Intel

“A well-made boots brand has detailed information about how they make boots, where they are made and what materials they use,” says Rik Van Dijk from Red Wing. “A good boot maker is proud of this information.”

“And if you are looking for a winter boot with the perfect fit and quality? Go to the store of the boot maker or a speciality store. There you get all the information and fit you need to get the perfect boots for your feet.”

Practicality

Recognising that most of us only wear our boots to either the office or the pub, shoemakers have, in recent years, fitted their designs with comfortable and practical soles. Combat-style treads will make you even more sure-footed while contrast white rubber soles offer some smart-casual hybrid styling.

Likewise, shoemakers (even the likes of Dr Martens) have made efforts to offer lighter versions of their chunkiest and most iconic styles with new materials offering the same wear and practicality.

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The Best Winter Boots Styles

Hiking Boots

Have you been spending your weekends training for a forthcoming trip up Kilimanjaro? If the answer’s no, then you can be forgiven for overlooking the humble hiking boot as a viable footwear option. But only just.

Regardless of your outdoorsy aspirations (or lack thereof), hardy hiking boots have established themselves as foul-weather footwear essentials over the past few years – especially among sharp men who prize a shoe’s ability to face down all manner of meteorological nasties in style.

We’re not experts in adventure sports, so we’ll leave recommending boots for seriously tough terrain to the professionals. What we can do, though, is suggest designs that are ideal for navigating city streets, heavy dog walking sessions and the occasional trip to a countryside pub.

You need a pair that offers untold levels of comfort, ankle support and other orthopaedic box-ticking features such as full-leather linings and cushioned footbeds. (Although you could sack that off and get a beautiful but hardly practical suede pair from a high-fashion designer that hasn’t seen a mountain in their lives.)

Team them with other tough-as-old-boots menswear staples like raw denim, corduroy, twill or flannel shirts and cable knit jumpers. You could also pair them with rainstoppers and fleece to lean fully into the outdoors trend. Or be bold and use them as a striking counterpoint to tailoring – just not for your next job interview.

How to wear hiking boots

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Brogue Boots

If you’re not ready to go full Bear Grylls with a pair of hiking boots, there are other, subtler ways to infuse your winter look with some outdoorsy influences. A sartorial hybrid, the brogue boot comes with the same reassuring weight and solid construction of hiking boots, but with all the wing-tipped, country-manor smartness of brogues.

As a general rule of thumb, you can wear your brogue boots with any outfit you might normally wear with traditional brogues, so lace up a dark brown or black leather pair with heavier wool suiting, and smart trouser and shirt/cardigan combinations.

However, owing to their winter-readiness, brogue boots also play well with pieces that straddle the rugged-refined divide, such as heavy-gauge knitwear, gilets, waxed and quilted jackets, as well as heritage fabrics such as corduroy and tweed.

While sock-flashing isn’t necessarily frowned upon when wearing a pair of these, it’s not an entirely natural fit with the brogue boot’s finesse either. Stick instead with trousers with a neat break (i.e. that finish around the top set of lace eyelets), or roll more casual trousers and jeans up to the same point for a smart finish.

Look out for rubberised soles for some extra winter practicality.

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Work Boots

Some of the best boots ever made were first designed decades ago for people to wear in factories and shipping yards. The steel toe caps may not have survived the fashion crossover, but many other features have: waterproof materials, padded ankles, high-grip soles and cosy linings. Why wouldn’t you want those things for your feet when it’s freezing outside?

The most iconic work boots – the Timberland Yellow Boot, Red Wing’s classic moc toe – have remained almost unchanged for decades, which makes it surprising that they’ve been adopted by such diverse style tribes. Hip-hop artists, lumbersexuals and workwear enthusiasts all love a work boot.

That means you can pair them with a range of casual (always casual) outfits, from joggers to jeans, trucker jackets to parkas. Look for dyed leather or waterproof nubuck and sealed seams to keep the puddles at bay.

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Combat-Style Boots

Like most items in a man’s wardrobe, boots have a proud history of military service. From high lace-ups designed to keep out trench foot to modern tactical designs, combat boots have recorded a number of victories on the fashion front.

Right now, they’ve not just won the battles, they’ve won the warcore. The directional trend for combat trousers, holsters and all things military means there’s rarely been a better time to buy this style. Not that you have to leave the house looking like a character from Call of Duty.

Look at Ryan Gosling’s character in Blade Runner 2049. He paired tactical boots you can buy on Amazon with a statement overcoat. Or designer Charlie Caseley-Hayford who wears his trademark high boots with classic tailoring. Streetwear fans might pair them with jeans and a bomber. Or an easy middle-ground is heritage wear: wool, twill cotton, generous fits and plenty of herringbone.

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Chelsea Boots

The Swiss Army Knife of your shoe rack, the Chelsea is by far the most versatile boot you can buy; the right pair looks just as good worn with a suit or tailored trousers Monday to Friday as it does a leather jacket and shredded skinny jeans for a gig at the weekend.

While suede Chelsea boots have something undeniably louche about them, it’s a delicate material that is hard to keep pristine in or just after a downpour. If you can’t be bothered with regular cleaning, brushing and applications of protector spray all winter, opt for easy-wipe leather instead. As it happens, a pair in smooth black leather is much closer to the iconic original anyway.

Details to look out for include autumn-ready rubber soles and the classic heel pull, a practical feature that many modern iterations don’t have (but should). Also, mind your toes. Pointed-toe Chelsea boots, when worn with a suit at least, look a little off, so keep your sights firmly set on round-toed styles instead.

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Ankle Boots

As far as we’re concerned, there are few instances in which wearing a pair of desert or chukka boots isn’t a good idea. While their mid-weight construction marks them out as a clear choice for spring and summer, they’re actually a killer option for the winter months, too, along with other ankle tickling styles like jodhpur boots and low-rise hikers.

This in-between profile makes most ankle boots smart enough to style with a roll neck, blazer and smart wool trousers, but also not so fussy that they can’t be coupled with chinos and a crew neck sweatshirt. Perfect for navigating the winter months’ dress codes quandaries.

Leather pairs are a no-brainer for the cold and wet, offering resilience and an enduring elegance, while suede pairs can also work if you take the time to regularly treat them with a protector spray and always check the forecast before you leave the house.

Treat this style – chukka or desert boots especially – as a smarter, more hard-wearing alternative to trainers. Team them with chinos, button-down shirts and crew neck jumpers to create sharp, warm getups that will pass the pub-safe test no problem.

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📌Keep Your Face Shape in Mind
It’s great to be moderate when it comes to the grooming of your brows. The shape of your brows should not have a negative effect on your face. You don’t need your face to look too large or too small. Avoid making the brows too bold or too thin.

📌Always Brush them into Place
Whenever you find it necessary and especially when you wake up, brush your brows into place. Use a thin-tooth soft comb to do this. Before you leave your house for the market, work, or any place, you can also take the comb and brush your brows into place.

📌Shapen if it is becoming bushy and loosing shape

📌Always remove your make up before sleeping

📌Go an extra mile, apply products that will enhance the hair there.

Here’s how to get rid of dark elbows naturally

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Dark elbows are notoriously difficult to get rid off but there are some natural remedies that, with consistent use, will help improve them.

Dark elbows are a common reality. So, don’t feel bad about those not so attractive elbows that keeps you from wearing your best short-sleeved top.

Dark elbows are unsightly and unnecessary. Sun exposure and a buildup of dead skin cells can cause the skin on your elbows to appear darker than the skin on the rest of your body.

There are several natural remedies and skin care techniques which will help you rid yourself of worrisome dark colouration on your elbows. With the tips we have for you today, your elbows will look more beautiful than you ever imagined.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice  contains citric acid which is a natural bleaching agent. Therefore, applying lemon juice to elbows can help to lighten the skin. To use:

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is drawn directly from the fleshy leaf of the Aloe Vera plant. If you do not already have one growing at home, Aloe leaves are easily available at supermarkets. Cutting aloe leaves can be tricky though, since it is very gooey and slimy. Cut off the top green layers of the leaf, leaving behind the clear Aloe gel. Apply this gel to the elbows and leave on for a few minutes. Then wash off with plain warm water. Do this every day for a few weeks for the best results.

Cream and Turmeric

A mixture of heavy cream and turmeric works well to lighten the skin on elbows, particularly on people with darker skin tones. Turmeric is a natural bleaching agent which helps to reduce melanin in the skin.

Exfoliate and Moisturise

Scrubbing your elbows helps to remove dry, flaky skin cells which become trapped in the elbow creases and causing skin to have a darker appearance.

Sugar and Olive Oil

Sugar and olive oil combined make a perfect mix of hard and soft. The sugar in this mixture will help rub off the embedded dirt in the creases of the elbows and the olive oil will then moisturise the elbows.

Mix one tbsp of sugar with one tbsp of olive oil and rub this on your elbows in slow, circular motions for a couple of minutes. Then wash off with plain, tepid water.

Vaseline and Socks

Cut holes in the front of two old socks. Then, apply Vaseline on the elbows at night and pull the socks over the elbows to cover them. Do this overnight for a couple of weeks for best results.

Apart from the above mentioned dark elbows home remedies, there are a few other things that can be done to treat dark elbows. For example, use sunscreen daily. Also, exfoliate with a soft brush or a loofah on a daily basis during shower time. Scrub with a towel too after the shower. Remember not to overdo any exfoliation as you could erode away essential layers of skin leaving your elbows just as dark as before. Moisturise and use creams daily. Also drink lots of water, at least five to six glasses a day.

With these home remedies for dark elbows by your side, dark elbows will be a story of the past! Do not believe us? Try them for yourself, today!