As the weather changes, you may find yourself in the market for a new pair of shoes—especially if you’ve been cooped up at home and you’re starting to head back out into the world. But where do you even start? And what’s in style for 2021? I’ve rounded up six must-have shoes that every man needs this spring.
Boat shoes are set to make a big comeback in 2021. They’ve been out of style for a few years, but casual footwear is big for spring 2021 with so many people working from home. The right boat shoes can look fantastic if you pair them with the proper pants. Try this classic pair from Sperry at Macy’s and wear them with a tailored pair of chinos. They look best without socks, but you can typically get the same look with a proper-fitting pair of no-show socks.
Lots of men’s shoes are getting bulkier, but you want training shoes that will keep you centered and lower to the ground. Many guys have turned to at-home bodyweight or CrossFit-style workouts, which require this type of shoe. New Balance’s Minimus trainer has been around for a while, and the Minimus TR is the latest iteration. They can handle everything from weight-lifting to high-intensity cardio workouts, and they’re a must-have for spring.
Suede is in for 2021, and a quality desert boot never goes out of style—especially when it’s from Clarks, the pioneer of this style. Desert boots typically have a crepe sole, but the Desert Boot 2 has the look of crepe with the durability and grip of rubber. The dark brown suede pairs well with a variety of looks, so these might end up being your daily go-to.
Indoor shoes are, well, in—especially with how 2020 went. Every guy should have a quality pair of slippers or house shoes to sport around home. Many slippers have rubber soles so you won’t tear them up walking out to get the mail or around the backyard, but it’s OK to use them exclusively indoors. I like this pair from Isotoner at Kohl’s. They’re lightweight, simple and stylish.
Skate shoes aren’t giant and bulky like they were back in the 2000s. These days, they’re a cross between performance and casual shoes, offering the best of both worlds. Nike now has a huge influence on skateboarding shoes, and few do it better than the footwear giant. Thick rubber soles and bright colors are in for 2021, and the Nike SB Bruin React shoes tick the boxes for both categories. Skate shoes are built for abuse, so you’ll get incredible durability on top of classic Nike style.
We’ve all been cooped up for the past year, so I’m putting hiking boots on the list for shoes every guy needs this spring. Most hiking boots are built for function first, but Merrell does a nice job of making their boots look great as well. Merrell’s Moab Speed boots take 2021 style (chunky, bulky soles) and blend it with years of research to give you a pair of boots that would be just as comfortable on the trail as they would in the city.
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