Yesterday as I got the newest addition, a pair of Buttero tanino sneakers into my collection, I once again started to think the question “what’s enough” in terms of a “shoe rotation”…That pair mentioned took the overall amount to be around 45 pairs - give or take one or two as some pairs are missing from the pictures which I shot last night - so in general I could probably say that I have my basics covered.
For a while now I haven’t actually purchased any “real shoes” (referring to dress or otherwise goodyear-welted) as I’ve been concentrating to more summery and casual acquisitions such as superga sneakears, rivieras slip-ons and Nike flyknits. The next pair will probably be a pair of suede mto-pennyloafers by Meermin which I’m actually been longing for a quite some time now as my recent pair is soon in the need for some re-crafting at least. I’m also running out of space in my apartment so in the future bringing in a new pair will probably mean that some pair needs to go.
"7 pairs is all you need"
Someone asked me a while a go if I had ever made any listings about essentials and if not, could I do some. Well let this be my list of “7 essential pairs of shoes”.
I think one could definitely get along with five pairs but I decided to make it seven. And this listing is made with a reference to my own current situation and partly influenced by work.
1) Dark brown cap-toe balmoral oxfords (Crockett&Jones for Paul Smith)
- C&J handgrade made for Paul Smith on their 337 last. Maybe my favorite pair in terms of aesthetics of all my collection.
2) Black cap-toe oxfords (Alfred Sargent)
- Every man needs to have a pair (or two) of black oxfords.
3) Calf leather double monks (Cheaney)
- I could have picked the suede ones as well but lately I’ve wearing these a lot so they made the cut. One of my oldest pairs actually.
4) Dark brown suede chukka boot (Loake)
- I’m really not a fan of Loake shoes (usually I dislike their lasts and designs) but the Pimlico is one of the best looking (and priced) models in the market in this category
5) Suede penny loafers (Crockett&Jones)
- These C&J for Polo Ralph Lauren loafers actually had tassels in the first place but I had to move them as I lost the other tassel. Looking to replace this pair in the near future. However penny loafers made of suede is probably one of the most versatile summer shoes I know.
6) Longwing brogues (Alfred Sargent)
- Never really been a man for bluchers but these longwings are great for casul combinations and to be worn with denim or even shorts in the summer for example.
7) White Superga sneakers
- This list definitely needs a pair of classic sneakers and for me it means the white supergas.