The clothes make the man. First impressions last forever.
Two statements that couldn’t be truer.
According to some studies on psychology, first impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone. And in those 7 to 17 seconds, 55% of a person’s opinion is determined by physical appearance. So you better believe that they’re judging you on your clothes. But what item is the most judged by individuals? Well, the answer might surprise you.
Many women will tell you the first thing they notice is a man’s shoes. That’s right, their shoes. Not their luxury leather belts, suit jackets, hair style, or other factors. These things matter, yes, but not as much as what’s on your feet. So, you have to ask: how can you spice that part of you up so that a good impression is made? Well, there’s a few things you could do.
- Keep it Colorful
The big thing is always color. Make sure that the shoe matches the outfit, but also maybe do something fun with the laces. Colored shoelaces are a great and easy way to improve your shoe’s appearance, as long as you don’t get too tacky. It’s also far, far, better and less expensive than going out and buying a whole new set of shoes.
Make sure you polish, too! Well kept shoes make a strong impression; it shows that you care about your appearance and your clothes. Sure, they may get dirty easier because they’re shoes, and you walk, but that’s no reason to neglect them.
- Diversify the Materials
Formal shoes for men don’t just come in simple leather. There are all sorts of materials that can be used. Exotic skin shoes are a little more expensive, but they can make one heck of an impression. Things like exotic alligator shoes, snakeskin, stingray, and more can set you apart. Just make sure they don’t clash with the overall appearance of your outfit, you don’t want to draw too much attention to the shoes, after all. Your first impression shouldn’t be that you’re showing off!
- Go for Quality!
There are a lot of quality styles to choose from, and most of them are expensive. One of the better, more luxurious, styles are goodyear welted shoes. Goodyear welted shoes are some of the finest shoes constructed. Very time consuming to make, but their quality shows. Wearing a pair of these shoes shows that you have good taste, and know quality. At least to those that have good taste, too.
Those are just some ideas of what to do to spice up your overall impression, and I hope you found those tips useful! But remember; whether you’re wearing snakeskin, alligator, or goodyear welted shoes, just remember to keep them well maintained and cared for. A well-kept appearance can go a long way.