For all the men reading this, how many pairs of shoes do you own? For most, the answer might be a casual pair for days off, and a formal pair for work. You might never keep any other shoes unless some very specific occasion like a wedding or a certain type of holiday called for it, right?

Well, that might work for some people, but the fact is that men’s footwear for all ages should be something that men everywhere invest more money and time into. Why? That’s what we’ll explore in more detail below.

Reason 1: There are So Many Types to Enjoy

Have you ever seen before the true scope of just how many types of men’s shoes there are out there? From Oxfords and Derbys to espadrilles, sneakers, sandals, boat shoes and more…the list is seemingly endless. As it turns out, men have shoes to suit virtually any and every occasion both formal and informal. Being ready for any such occasion means having a good collection of shoes to match.

So, at the very least men should have a pair of dress shoes for very formal “black-tie” occasions like weddings. They should also have at least 2 pairs of sneakers, one sporty and informal, and the other more formal with a leather or suede component as a nice smart-casual evening option. On top of that, they should have at least one other kind of “fun” shoe, such as a colourful espadrille, or a pair of nice leather boat shoes with contrast stitching.

Reason 2: Shoes Make the Outfit

When you’ve spent any amount of time putting an outfit together, you typically will complete that outfit with just the right pair of shoes. Without the right shoes, the outfit will simply not work and people will notice. It’s therefore important for men to invest well in a good variety of shoes that can work to complete different sorts of outfit.

Of course, we’re not saying every man needs a different pair of shoes for every set of clothing they wear! But having enough variety in size, style and colour is a great way to make sure whatever you wear, you have the footwear to complement it.

Reason 3: Your Shoes Will Last Longer

It stands to reason that if you have more pairs of shoes to wear, then on average you’ll wear each pair less in the course of a year. If you only have one or two pairs of shoes, then they’re going to wear out faster because you have to wear one or the other to everything. Invest in more shoes and lower the average time you spend in each one. They’ll stay looking nicer for longer.

Reason 4: It Makes the Right Impression

Next, having the right pair of shoes on your feet helps you make the right kind of impression. There’s a reason we call it “putting your best foot forward.” Some of us tend to believe that others never notice our shoes, especially men’s shoes, but this is not the case. Perhaps back in the 1950s and 1960s when most men’s shoes did look the same there was some truth to that, but in the 21st century, people take notice.

If you’re preparing for a job interview, getting ready to meet with clients, do a presentation for your boss, or perhaps you’re readying yourself for a first date with a potential special someone. That first impression matters.

Reason 5: They Boost Confidence

Finally, the right kinds of shoes in your collection can help you to walk out of your door each day with a strong sense of confidence. When you know you’re looking your best head to toe, there’s nothing that can stop you!