Weekend Wear for the Men-Let’s Talk Shoes

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Men’s Footwear. What’s on your Husband’s Feet?

Quote of the Day: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” Thomas A. Edison

I’ve had a couple of requests about styling for men. Thus, since I have a fabulous model, living with me, I thought I’d rope my husband into this fashion blogging thing too! Heck, since I use my mom and stepmom the rest of the time, it’s only fair to include my husband, right? (Beware, pretty soon, I may be incorporating my kitties, LOL)

So I thought maybe I’ll try to do a segment on men’s fashion every once in a while? For you women out there, I’d be interested to know how you feel about this? Do you get any say in your man’s style? Do you shop for him, or give him advice?

As for a little history about Rob’s style, now that you’ve seen him from our Borrow from the Boy’s series, and our wedding photo it’s a funny story. When I first met Rob and we were dating, he hating shopping so much that he broke out in a sweat each time he had to go into a store to shop for clothing. His wardrobe consisted of tan pants, and boring button down shirts! And that was about it—really!!

Luckily, over the years he has learned to respect my fashion opinions and really has developed a good eye now that he’s had a little training. And by training, I mean that he used to watch “What Not To Wear” with me. We have most likely seen every episode (even though sometimes he was actually sleeping through a couple of them–ha ha). If you used to watch this show, then you might remember that they even shanghaied men in their make overs in the beginning! And even when it wasn’t about men, the foundation of fit, color & style is not much different between the sexes.

So I’m going to start out with a very basic outfit, yet one that I consider interesting. And that’s because of the footwear!

Rob’s Outfit: I know I have a shoe addiction. And I realize that not everyone agrees with me. However, I truly think that the footwear can make or break an outfit.

For example consider this outfit. It’s what I’d consider a basic look for a guy. It’s a combination of regular jeans, and a casual button-down shirt. But if Rob was wearing sneakers, I might consider this outfit less put together.

Shoes for Men,

Let’s talk about guy’s shoes for a minute. I’m not sure why, but they are usually more expensive than my shoes! However, we have found many fabulous, inexpensive shoes from both Aldo & DSW. This showcased pair of shoes is from Aldo!

Shoes for Men,

We were going to an open house party this day, so Rob put together a casual look. The jeans are just normal Levis, and the shirt is an inexpensive one from H&M. But it’s the shoes (in my humble opinion) that give this outfit a little flair!

Shoes for Men, men's footwear

I realize most men don’t want to stand out as much with what they are wearing. At least that’s what I hear from them. However, every guy does want to be admired, right? So what better way to start than with their footwear? It’s not like it’s front & center of their outfit, yet the shoes can add such style!

Shoes for Men,

Jeans: Levis (similar here)~~Shirt: H&M (similar here in red)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)

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I’m the first to admit that men’s footwear may not have the variety that we women have.  But wouldn’t any of these look great on your man?

  • I totally agree with you. As well with man as with women shoes can make or break an outfit. Rob looks very good, but I have to give some credit to the shirt too. It might be H&M but the stripes are unusual and make the shirt stand out.
    Greetje

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And you should see the shoes that some men wear here in Colorado—ugh!! That’s why I put my foot down and went shopping with Rob when we started dating—what he looks like is a reflection of me too, don’t you think??

      • Yes he does you proud, but I bet he has an opinion of his own too. And I don’t think he would wear it if he didn’t like it himself.

  • Austin Hodgens

    So are you saying I’m a little behind the fashion trends because I only really have a pair on construction boots and two pairs of sneakers that I wear in public? Of course, I’m not counting my comfy slippers because I only wear those at home… 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m not saying your behind in fashion, Austin. I would never want you to feel like there is any pressure to be like everyone else 🙂 BUT—you have heard the saying that the shoes make the man, right? So that makes you a casual minimalist? 🙂 🙂 🙂
      I can see how this opinion from women may not stir you to actions. But how about from a man: http://bit.ly/2mpu9fA ?

  • jess

    Hes got such a nice shoe collection! Love it! My hubby wears chukka boots, sneakers, oxfords.
    Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      He really does have a great shoe collection, Jess! It’s nice when our guys enjoy looking nice—but in way, they have to, right? Since they hang out with us!! 🙂

  • My PC wears tennies almost exclusively. Last Saturday he did wear a pair of dress shoes to church for the evening service and a sports coat. Be still my heart. Love the shoes your honey is sporting and your other choices. I like his jeans, too. PC’s are very baggy Levis. I am hoping to move him into something more fitted like your hubby is wearing. Great post.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How cute that you you said be still my heart!! That’s kinda my point—it’s nice when all of us take a little pride in our appearance and it works wonders for how others feel about us, right?
      Maybe if you husband sees other men in better fitting jeans, he’ll be more open to them? I know, that’s what it took for my hubby!!
      Thanks for your comment, Leslie!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    https://www.skechers.com/en-us/style/64833/relaxed-fit-larson-nerick/cdb

    My DH wears oxfords to work every day, so when he is not working he his only other preference is Skechers similar to this that he has in grey, tan, cognac and black. He also has both black and burgundy Bostonians for dress shoes as well as a pair of sleek black ankle boots and one pair of hiking boots. It’s taken years of dealing with his pickiness to develop his shoe variety and lots of convincing from me he need to do so….

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So he didn’t think shoes were important, Tracey?
      I’m sure it’s all how we are raised and our awareness of these items, but don’t you just love a guy in great shoes??!!

  • I totally agree…footwear is a great place to start to change up the feel of a man’s outfit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • Loving all of these men’s shoes, they’re so chic!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Chelsea!!
      The funny thing, is my husband always reads my posts before they go live, and he liked the Ralph Lauren one’s so much he bought them!! See, it’s not only women that have shoe addictions, right?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Chelsea!!
      The funny thing, is my husband always reads my posts before they go live, and he liked the Ralph Lauren one’s so much he bought them!! See, it’s not only women that have shoe addictions, right?

  • Great look! My husband loves Vans, and for our casual Florida life they are perfect. Thanks for linking up, xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patti!
      I keep pushing Rob to get a pair of Vans, but for some reason he’s not interested. But he may change his mind….we’ll see!! 🙂

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    That is a wonderful look! Men can throw most anything on and still look great. He is a perfect model, too! My hubby is short-legged so jeans are always a little long. But he does pick out stylish (but comfortable) shoes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!
      My husband is short too, Terri. And I usually have to alter his pants & jeans. Well, my mom used to do it for him, until the last couple of years. I have to admit, it’s quite nice to be able to fix them easily!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Cool and stylish outfit. I like stripes very much 🙂 This shoes are very cool! My husband having no fun in fashion, hmm maybe sometimes a litte. He is wearing Lloyd and Geox Shoes. I am buying his shoes :))
    xoxo tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I see nothing wrong with buying stylish things for the men in our lives!! 🙂

      • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

        yes you are right Jodie!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Yes , Rob (my son-in-law) has some really neat shoes-on which I always comment . Welcome to the blog.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      He wasn’t sure he liked this modeling thing—LOL!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You are so right, Jodie. The shoes really make this outfit. How funny, that just a simple adjustment from sneakers to dress shoes can make that much difference. Your hubby is looking quite stylish! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words, Amy!!

  • I love that you will be doing men’s fashion posts! And I love that your husband has agreed to it. What fun! My husband would never! Breaking out in a sweat while shopping is the least of it for him. My Goodness, I could right an entire post about the horrors of shopping with my husband! I suppose it is a good thing that he wears a uniform to work! But I totally agree about the shoes. And your husband is wearing some seriously awesome ones!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do admit that my husband is the best sport ever!!
      I really don’t know what changed his mind except I know when I’m in a situation where I feel so unsure—I don’t like it either. After shopping with me more, he seems to know and appreciate it more!
      Thanks for the kind words for Rob—he does love his shoes and doesn’t even care any more if anyone makes fun of them (we live in Denver where it’s SO casual—ugh!)

  • Love that you did a man’s post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!! Rob didn’t love being a model, but he’s a good sport!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Interesting idea…
    My husband Jay is very particular and it’s sometimes difficult to predict what will appeal to him. I take back at least half of what I purchase for him.
    He’s a pheasant hunter and a golfer and beyond clothing specific to those sports he’s all about practicality and comfort. He’s in great shape and could pull off some cool fashions but just isn’t interested in “shopping”.
    Your Rob is exceptionally cooperative and you should be grateful for his receptivity to this idea. I like Rob’s shirt a lot and what’s not to like about jeans? =-) It’s nice to know you’re both having some fun with this!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, because as a hunter you would think the whole idea of shopping would be right up his alley. You know, the hunting and gathering aspect–LOL!
      I think Rob started enjoying it more when he’d get more praise & attention with the items we had bought. (You know, how they like their egos stroked—then again, who doesn’t?) The only thing Rob won’t really get into is the thrifting (although I have twisted his arm once or twice!)
      Thanks for joining in on the conversation!! Maybe for the next guy’s version, you should take Jay’s photo—maybe then he’d care about the outfit?

  • Mother Daughter

    My husband does ask my opinion on shoes when he is shopping for them. The problem my husband has is he wears a 13 or 14 depending on the shoe and he usually has to take what he can get. lol But I agree shoes do matter and can make or break a man’s look.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s nice that he cares about what you think, Victoria!! How frustrating when your size is so limited though. Does he try online shopping? I’ve heard that Zappos has free returns (I’ve never tried this site—which surprised me)!

  • Queen of Rods

    I’m all for this, Jodie. Let’s get the men dressing more stylishly. As you probably know, these suggestions always carry more weight if they come from a third party…not the spouse 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true about suggestions—-but why is that, Janet? (It’s true mother to daughter too, I think—both ways).
      Thanks for the vote!! Rob didn’t love being in front of the camera for this (can you tell, by his expression), but I figure the more we do it, the easier it’ll be!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie my husband is obsessed with footwear. Every time we go for a stroll around town he will stop and look at all the shoe store windows. I don’t know what to make of it. but I do agree that the right footwear can make or break an outfit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’d have to say that maybe it’s a good thing that he even cares about his shoes!! At least he enjoys different ones??
      And are you the same way?? 🙂