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So your t-shirt is on point with our skinny jeans, and your statement bag is complementing your entire outfit, but what about your footwear? For all of you guys out there, this translates to how your boots complement your gym bag or office briefcase. The shoes you choose are going to define your entire appearance, elevating you to the status of “ultimately cool” or knocking you down to “did you have nothing else to wear” on the ladder of style and aesthetics.
Here are five essential reasons why investing in good shoes is an absolute must in the modern world.
Let’s all pretend for a moment that the health of our feet is the primary factor by which we choose our shoes. While you might be under the impression that you’re more than capable of “muscling” through the pain and discomfort for the sake of aesthetics and elegance, your body would beg to differ.
Cheap footwear comes with interest later in life, and millions of men and women who wore low-quality shoes in their 20s and 30s are paying a high price not a decade later. Your choice of shoes can significantly affect the health of your feet, ankles, and every vital body part up to your neck. So, make sure you choose only quality footwear that supports a healthy posture and allows you to walk around pain-free – your future self will thank you.
Cheap might seem appealing, but quality is rewarding, especially in the long term. It’s better to get your money’s worth than to spend 20 bucks on a pair of knock-offs that are going to fall apart within a month. In the middle of the street. While you’re on a date. Exposing your hole-riddled socks. What a nightmare.
You want your shoes to last, so choose quality pieces made out of quality materials that are going to stand the test of time and defy the outdoor elements. Remember, you shouldn’t have to dive for cover to save your precious shoes from a few drops of rain.
When it comes to working out (which you should be doing, come on, it’s 2018), investing in comfy and functional gym shoes is of the utmost importance. Not only does quality gym footwear keep you safe and allow you to push your limits in training without the risk of injury, but it also provides traction, breathability, and stability for increased performance.
Now, this is not to say that you should just pick out anything off the shelf. Your gym shoes are just as important as your Friday night go-to pair of dress shoes, so make sure yours reflect your unique taste and personal style to the tee. Choose colours and patterns that portray your unique personality and support performance with quality and durability.
Speaking of your personal style, the shoes you wear can either make it or break it depending on their quality and aesthetic features. And if you think people won’t notice you’re wearing a pair of knock-offs, you’ve got another thing coming. They will notice, and they will form an opinion about you that will influence your confidence and self-esteem.
However, when someone sees a pair of quality shoes, they will instantly form a positive opinion. And don’t try to kid yourself that the opinions of your loved ones and co-workers don’t matter, because we all strive for social acceptance and approval. So don’t let low-quality footwear slow you down on the road to personal success.
When selecting the perfect pair of shoes, you need to keep several key factors in mind. First of all, consider your personal style and don’t buy anything you didn’t fall in love with. Secondly, go shoe-shopping with intention and a clear plan in mind – this will allow you to keep your head in the game when confronted by hundreds of choices.
Don’t forget to wear the right socks for the occasion, meaning that you want to try on new shoes with complementary socks in order to realistically assess their comfort and fit. Make sure the shoe fits in every direction, and if your feet slightly differ in length or width, always opt for the pair that fits the larger foot best.
The shoes you wear can define your personal style, shape your self-image, and portray the right story to the observer. Simply put, buying cheap footwear doesn’t pay off, so keep these five insights in mind the next time you’re shopping for a killer pair of shoes that will take your style to the next level of cool.