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Formal Shoes for Men

Preface: This also goes for women’s shoes, both flat and heels.

Men often tell me they hate wearing formal shoes. I get it, I totally do. Formal lace up leather shoes can be rigid and oddly shaped. But it doesn’t have to be a horrible experience.

Formal leather, aka Dress Shoes need to be properly broken in before wearing them for 10-12 hours at a time. If you don’t wear leather dress shoes for work, then make a plan before that all-day wedding or the races to have them comfy and fitting to your feet. Start by putting them on around the house for an hour or two, then wear for 4-5 hours. Your shoes will reach ultimate comfort factor between 50-100 hours, which realistically is less than a week of full wear. In addition to the hours of wear generally, softer, high quality shoes will be more comfortable. Your $80 Connor or YD shoes will take more wear to be comfortable than a pair of Florsheims, Julius Marlow or even a pair of Cheaney or Church Oxford shoes.

If you’ll need to wear them 4-5 times a year than don’t sell yourself short and buy a decent pair that will last you a few years. If you wear dress shoes every day for work, then all the more reason to spend a bit more. If nothing else, they will last a whole year of 9-5 work wear.

Trust me. I wear heels. I understand comfort factor!

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