Following on from our post yesterday, a bit of Googling here at OFFICE HQ revealed that the average man has 12 pairs of shoes in his wardrobe. A few shy of the average woman’s 20, but still a decent number we thought.

Today we’re taking a look at the five must-have pairs for men which should be among that 12.


We don’t mean the scruffy trainers you go to the gym in, we’re talking about the ones you wear to do everything but exercise. Whether you opt for all-purpose Converse All Stars, vintage-inspired Puma Classics or bold and bright Nike Air Max, your trainers should be both comfortable and cool.

Desert Boots

For those occasions when trainers are bound to earn you a dirty look but you don’t fancy formal footwear, the desert boot never looks out of place.



You may not be needing them for a few months but espadrilles are a staple of any stylish man’s summer wardrobe. At £15 for two pairs they’re cheap and cheerful.


Sometimes only a formal shoe will do. Brogues will take you from the office into the evening.

Smart boots

For that suited and booted look you can‘t go wrong with either Chelsea or Chukka boots. See some of our top picks for the season in our Top 10 Men’s Boots post.


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