The topic of how many shoes should a guy own came up this past weekend when I was out & about shopping for my daughter’s birthday present. I overheard what I assume what to be a bf/gf couple where she asked him why do you only have 1 pair of shoes?
I could tell the way she said it that she was completely baffled at the thought of it which lead me to writing this article.
Now since all men have a different line of work this list can’t fall into a one size fits all type deal but I’m going to try to make it work for most guys as close as I can.
The Bare Minimum (3 Pairs)
You should at least have 3 pairs of shoes/boots for the following reasons.
1st pair is your casual shoes in which could work as your work/gym/everyday shoes. This pair could be something like a pair of converse shoes or something of that nature.
2nd pair would be dress shoes (most likely a black pair). These would most likely chill in your closet for the most part unless you have a more professional type of job you could wear these to. You would mainly just break these out for weddings/interviews/funerals.
3rd pair will be your work boots which is self-explanatory.
Having these 3 is suitable for most men out there but if not then the next phase might work better for you.
Having Some Options (5 Pairs)
This section will include all of the previous sections 3 plus 2 more pair.
The 4th pair would be another casual pair of shoes that you can alternate with for work/going out. This could be the exact same pair as your 1st but just a different color to go with different colors of clothing.
The 5th pair could either be another style/color of dress shoes if you wear them more than most people or it could be something that you wear for specific clothing situations.
For example I have a pair of shoes that doesn’t look good when I wear pants/jeans; however they are good looking shoes that work perfect for when I wear shorts.
Shoes For Every Outfit ( A lot)
You don’t see to many men fall into this category. However with men’s fashion on the rise more than ever it’s becoming more custom for men to own lots of different shoes to go with certain outfits he owns.
Now when I say each outfit I don’t necessarily mean that those shoes are only worn with 1 specific shirt/pants rather maybe one style of shoes for whenever you wear black colored shirts or something along those lines.
Final Thoughts On Shoe Quantity
There is no right or wrong answer here it all comes down to your style and what you feel comfortable with. I would make sure my son if I had one at least owned the bare minimum tier that we discussed at the top of this article but like I said to each his own.
I wouldn’t overthink this to much if you feel like you need new shoes for a certain occasion then buy away and throw em in your closest until you need them again.
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