We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!
Day three is all about the men’s dress shoes. At TheShoeMart, we have something for every price range–and we have a large variety of sizes as well. Grab something for your favorite guy, he’ll get much more use out of a pair of nice dress shoes than an ugly Christmas sweater.
Bruno Magli Shoes
The classic brilliance of Bruno Magli shoes began in 1936 in a small basement in Bologna, Italy. Today, Bruno Magli shoes are known for their elegant, refined silhouettes and artisan heritage. Shoes that bridge the gap between traditional Italian footwear and modern Italian sensisbilites, these are perfect for the man on your list that loves both luxury and practicality.
Johnston & Murphy Shoes
Johnston and Murphy Shoes has designed quality footwear for over 155 years. Their legacy is one of quality and effortless style. From chukkas to cap-toe oxfords, J&M creates shoes for every taste. Find the perfect pair for the man that always wants to put his best foot forward.
We may be a bit biased here, but we think every man should own a pair of Alden shoes. From classic dress shoe models like the 990 and 681 to the iconic Alden Indy Boot, we have something for everyone. If the guy on your list is looking for something unique, we also have our special Alden Bootmaker Editions. If you’re new to Alden, sizing can be confusing, so be sure to contact us with any questions.
Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.
2. Know your materials.
When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.
Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth. That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.
Wool = Warm ! Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.
3. Layer Up
Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top. If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.
When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer. Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.
4. Add some sole.
A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather. Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be. Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!
Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!
5. Foot Warmers
You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home. You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed. Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.
In 1884 in Middleborough, Massachusetts, Charles H. Alden began the only original New England shoe company that is still in production today. In a world where many shoe manufacturers outsource production to keep up with the U.S. demand for mass-market footwear at a low cost, the Alden Shoe Company does things differently. By focusing on high quality dress shoes crafted in Massachusetts with genuine Goodyear-welted construction that can last a lifetime, Alden Shoe has carved it’s own niche into the shoe market. Here at TheShoeMart, we have been selling Alden shoes for over 40 years. We value our close relationship with Alden, and think that they offer the finest made shoes in the world.
Alden shoes and boots have a special place in our hearts here at TheShoeMart. We know how much the details matter, so we’d like to share some details about some of our latest Alden Bootmaker Editions.
This Perforated Cap Toe boot comes on the Alden Grant Last, which is slimmer than the Barrie Last and a bit more flexible formality-wise. Boots on the Grant Last will run True To Size, so order your usual dress boot size (not your Barrie or Trubalance size). With 9 matched agatine eyelets and a 270 Degree Welt, the D5812 offers a sleek but substantial silhouette. Available in Color 8 (D5812) or Black Shell Cordovan (D5813), both with double Leather outsoles.
Our BootMaker Edition remake of the Alden Indy Boot on the Alden Plaza Last is also a sleeker boot. The clean lines of the moc toe stitching, 270 degree Goodyear Welt and 9 matched agatine eyelets add elegance to a long-time favorite. Available in Brown Smooth Calfskin.
Speaking of twists on a classic, here’s our latest Indy Oxford. We tried a version of this Alden shoe in the past with 4 eyelets, but we found that most people needed a little more security–so we added some. On the famous Alden TruBalance last with a double leather sole, this Indy shoe is available in Horween Brown Chromexcel leather (40023).
You can find all of our Alden shoes, including our Bootmaker Editions, either at TheShoeMart.com or at our brick and mortar store in Norwalk, CT:
TheShoeMart 3 Berkeley St. Norwalk, CT 06850 203.853.6543
Monday through Saturday 9:30-6:00 pm EST.
If you have any questions regarding Alden shoes, feel free to call or write us. Our Customer Service team is always happy to help and can be reached by phone (800.850.7463) or by email (Shoemart@theshoemart.com) Monday through Saturday 9:30-6:00 pm EST.
Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–and the perfect time to update your wardrobe. As you grow and learn, your style should also reflect that growth. Plus, moving from class to class and around campus means you’re spending a lot of time on your feet. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.
Chukka / Desert Boots
Add a little class to your casual look. Chukka and Desert boots are laid back and comfortable, but look much nicer than your tennis shoes. A traditional chukka boot has a crepe sole and two eyelets, but plenty of variations exist. Try a pair from Clarks, Timberland, or Johnston & Murphy.
Whatever your price range, it’s important to have a well-maintained pair of dress shoes. These will come in handy for presentations, interviews, scholarship banquets, and other formal events. A go-to staple is a plain-toe, black balmoral (click here to learn about the difference between a blucher and a balmoral/oxford), which will work at almost every formal event. A straight tip (cap toe) shoe is a slightly less formal option that is still commonly accepted, but brogues and wing designs are seen as informal. If you already have a staple formal pair, you can feel free to experiment with bluchers, brogues, toe styles and leathers. Try a pair from Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim, Cole Haan, or Bruno Magli.
Being out on your own in a new place may be a little scary, but it also comes with plenty of opportunities for new experiences. Always be ready for whatever adventure comes your way–or just for inclement weather with hiking shoes and waterproof boots from Merrell, Timberland, and Kamik.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have shoes for warm weather. Depending on where you attend college (and if your dorm room has a/c), the first and last few months of your first year can get really hot. Remember that if you’re walking between classes, you’ll need more support. Save your flimsy flip flops for the shower–sandals from Vionic, Olukai, Timberland, Naot, Chaco, and Sperry Topsider are comfortable enough for all-day wear.
Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–a perfect time to update your wardrobe. As you grow and learn, your style should reflect that growth. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.
Comfortable flats from Cole Haan, Timberland, and Softspots are perfect for when sneakers or other casual shoes just won’t do. Wear them to class with skirts and dresses (easy to throw on!) or slip them on with your business casual wear for all-day events.
Times are changing, and now you are more likely to receive an interview for a job or internship while still in college. While flats are acceptable in interviews, closed-toe dress heels are more traditional. Comfortable heels not only feel great, but also make you look more practical. Try a pair from Rockport, SoftSpots, or Cole Haan (45 or 65 series for lower heel height).
Your summer wear doesn’t have to be restricted to flip-flops. Rock a more mature look that also helps keep your feet comfortable as you run from class to class with cork-bed or leather sandals from Naot, Olukai, Vionic, or Softspots.
Lace-Ups are comfy, but slip-ons like moccs, loafers, and boat shoes are easy to slide on and off–perfect for those mornings when you don’t really want to get out of bed. Make getting to class on time easy by leaving a pair near your door. Our favorites? Minnetonka Kilty, Sperry Top-Sider classics, and Cole Haan LTE styles.
Weather & WP Boots
Wet, cold, and crazy weather happens–and it doesn’t always result in canceled classes. Be prepared for whatever with Waterproof Boots from Kamik, Timberland, Sperry, Cole Haan, and Sorel (Coming Soon).