Choosing the Right Footwear for Every Occasion


Footwear for men and women come in all sizes and styles. Looking at the variety of choices available on websites, it can be easy to get overwhelmed about what kind of footwear to buy. Keeping in mind the use to which you’ll be putting a particular pair of footwear or the occasion for which you’re buying will help you arrive at a decision quickly.

1. Slippers

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When it comes to men’s slippers, the choices can be limited. The most common types of shoes are flip flops in leather, rubber and various synthetic materials and sandals with Velcro or elastic straps. These are perfect for a day at the beach or a casual walk to the nearest grocery store. Sandals made from leather are also suitable for wearing to the office on casual days or when out shopping.

In ladies’ slippers, the options are far more with styles ranging from plain old flip flops to embellished ones to mules to those with toe grips and novelty slippers in materials like velvet and fur shaped like animals or lined with tulle. Flip flops are great for vacation wear and around the house while mules can pass off office wear in summer and are great for casual outings too.

2. Sneakers

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A popular choice of footwear with young and old alike, the range of sneakers available is mind-boggling. Be it sneakers for men, women or children, the number of brands, styles and colors make it easy to find the one that will meet your specific requirements. Sneakers can be worn with casual outfits, when pursuing sports, or when embarking on adventurous activities such as trekking, hiking, or rock climbing. Faux leather, suede, and synthetic materials are used in sneakers.

3. Boots

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Available in varying lengths and materials, boots for men and women when worn right make quite the style statement. These shoes fully cover the foot, ankle, and some portion of the lower calf. Some styles in women’s boots can extend up to the knees and even thighs. Men can pair boots with camouflage pants, cargo shorts, or denims while women could go with dresses, skirts, skinny jeans, and shorts of all lengths. Depending on the style and outfit chosen boots for women can be worn to the office, formal occasions, and in cold weather. Men’s boots are usually worn for outdoor activities or in cold weather.

4. Formal Shoes

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This is the footwear that is worn to special occasions such as power lunches, conferences, formal dinners, weddings, and other such events. For men, this can mean Oxfords, Derby, loafers, brogues, and wingtips are just some of the styles. ‘Dress shoes’ is the more common term for women’s formal footwear. High-heeled pumps are the most popular in this segment with kitten heel pumps, peep-toes, and wedges also coming under this category. These can be worn with almost every kind of outfit, be it traditional or contemporary and the only thing you need to worry about is the height of the heels!



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