Shoe Essentials and Kipper Favorites

So you have your suit planned out from the shirt to the pocket squares, but you’re still stuck on what type of shoes to wear with your suit -- don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (we pretty much have everything covered, so don’t hesitate to ask us)!

You should always have a collection of shoes to choose from that are your favorites for different reasons. Thus, Kipper has compiled a list of our favorite shoe essentials that we believe should be a part of your shoe family, for now and forever.

Take a peek and let us convince you why these shoes are a definite must!

                                                                    John Lobb

                                                                    John Lobb

1.) The Timeless Oxfords -- “Time heals all wounds” as they say, and a pair of oxfords, immortal in their own rights, will help pass the time in both comfort and style. Oxfords are effortlessly elegant and vastly versatile; they will armor your suit with a pair of shoes that will empower nearly any type of suit (assuming the colors are complimentary) including a tuxedo! The almond toe is both narrow and shapely, but it is also sharp and minimalistic (no square toed shoes allowed). Your closet will thank you for having such a courageous pair of shoes that protects your elegance in a tuxedo, and respects your casual spark in a blazer and jeans.

 

                                                                       Church's

                                                                       Church's

2.) The Charismatic Loafers -- The funny thing about loafers are that they can be a whole lot of everything, or they can be an incredibly modest accessory and do nothing but be the perfect sidekick to your suit or casual outfit. From suede penny loafers to leather horse-bit loafers, this shoe will always top off your suit with a classy, yet “I-don’t-care-that-much-but-I-still-have-to-look-good-doing-it” attitude or an urban, prestigious flare that sings self-tempered power. Either way, we promise you the essential brown and black (leather or suede) loafer will indefinitely become your weapon of choice without your knowing -- no-show socks and all.

 

                                                                     John Lobb

                                                                     John Lobb

3.) Double Monks? Double Power -- Some days you just want to skip the laces and deal with some buckles and straps instead; it’s alright, we get it, and what’s more we support it and there’s a shoe just for that! Monk straps are thought to be one of the more “advanced shoes,” simply because they’re not as formal as oxfords but definitely more so than the derby shoe. Double monks are great for work, nights out on the town, and even interviews. They’re easy for “everyday” days, giving you that professional, yet classic, boost. Make a pair of suede or leather double monks a part of your shoe collection and not only will you get compliments, but you’ll also always be work and dinner appropriate.

 

                                                                       Church's

                                                                       Church's

                                                                 Edward Green

                                                                 Edward Green

4.) The Chelsea and Lace-Up Boots -- Although anchored in British history, Chelsea boots are both iconic and modern, despite its “age.” The Chelsea boot has a fitted, high ankle, and is often in either suede or leather. The boots are great for more casual suits, and or even just jeans and blazer. Similarly, lace-up boots can be used for casual situations, but their best potential rests in giving your suit a modern, edgy, and sharp touch. Boots are great for cold weather, and they can withstand all sorts of wear and tear, while giving you and your suit a clean cut look.

 

                                                                Common Projects

                                                                Common Projects

5.) Keep Your Sneaker Game Up -- Although we have made a post about sneakers before, we wanted to reiterate that there is nothing wrong with a having a pair of essential sneakers in your closet. As a matter of fact, a pair of white, minimalistic sneakers are one of the most essential pair of shoes one can have in their closet. Everyone needs a pair of shoes that they can not only feel comfortable in, but that are sporty, casual, and relaxed as well. Make sure to check out our sneaker post to learn more about different types of sneakers and which might end up being your favorite!


Everyone has a certain type of essential; a favorite shoe that they can always count on, but at Kipper we like to keep our options open and we hope that at least one of these shoes becomes your next footwear essential.

Hoisum Nguyen

Berkeley, CA