Shoesday Tuesday – Let’s Hear it for the Gentlemen

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Being a fashion designer – I am frequently asked by the gentlemen in my life to make them clothes. Being a womenswear designer – I always say no. Menswear is a whole different land – one to which I do not subscribe (unless it’s menswear inspired womenswear typically hanging in my own closet). Don’t get me wrong – I’ll hem a pair of pants or patch a hole in jeans like the best of them – but I am no tailor nor do I pretend to be. The closest I ever got to that was switching out the lining in my prom date’s suit jacket to match my dress.

That being said – I certainly appreciate a well dressed man. Who doesn’t? And I’m sure no one will be surprised that one of the first things I notice on a potential life mate is his shoes. I would never rule out a guy based solely on his shoe style (or lack there of). But I do believe you can tell a lot about a man based on his choice of footwear – be it penny loafer, converse, biker boot, or dress shoe.

In that vein – let’s be equal opportunity on this blog for once and check out Mallorie approved footwear for the fellas.

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Get it: (row by row, left to right) Black High Tops – $120 suprafootwear.com, Two Toned Brogues – $178 neimanmarcus.com, Side Buckle Boots – $160 zappos.com, Neutral Sneakers – $495 lagarconne.com, Black Wing Tip Brogues – $130 stevemadden.com, Gray Doc Martens – $175 zappos.com, Burgundy High Tops – $55 zappos.com, Toe Capped Lace Ups – $58 macys.com

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Grey Seude Brogues – $62 asos.com

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Leather and Mesh Black Low Tops – $97 asos.com

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Wine High Tops – $62 asos.com

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Brown Leather Side Zip Boots – $145 urbanoutfitters.com

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Tweed Low Top Sneakers – $85 urbanoutfitters.com

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Color Black Hi Top Vans – $85 urbanoutfitters.com

And just as a sidebar –

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Mansome

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I watched the Morgan Spurlock documentary Mansome, that asked the question “what is the definition of masculinity”. There was a large array of celebrities, non-celebrities, experts and beards-man talking about how men take care of themselves physically and what grooming means for all different types of men. The part of the documentary I found most interesting was when men discussed facial hair. I did not realize there were so many different types of facial hair out there and how much men were attached to having it. I know that I have always liked a scruffy guy but who knew there were so many types!

The Baldo: This is a variation of the goatee, except the mustache and goatee are not connected. The goatee is shaped to form an upside down letter “T” and can be worn sans mustache.

The Full Beard: The full beard is a very traditional style of facial hair and can be a good option for those with a weak jawline.

The Chin Strap: Also known as a chin curtain, the chin strap follows the jawline in a neatly trimmed “strap” of hair. This style can be worn with or without the mustache.

The Chin Strip: The chin strip, like a soul patch, is a strip of hair that grows just below the center of the lips. This patch of hair extends to the point at which the chin begins to turn under.

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