Most times a woman has judged you before speaking a word to you. She has taken one look at your shoes and made a brash decision about your character and sex appeal before you can even start talking about puppy dogs and ice cream. Make no mistake, a woman will not sleep with you because of your shoes, but she will make the choice to NOT fuck you because of them. I know it sucks. We are better than that. But it's true.
SOLE FOR YOUR DRESS SHOE
Alden makes some great pairs for men and did a collaboration with J. Crew that turned out some of the best dress shoes of 2014.
Most of the well made wooden sole'd shoes contour to your feet once you break them in and begin to take on a unique identity with each new scuff.
If you still wear sneakers every night you go out, and you are over the age of 25, you are doing a great disservice to your personal style. It's time to dress like a man (on occasion) and get yourself a pair of fitted jeans that taper at the bottom and find a few pairs of trusted dress shoes that can be formal or casual. I know its difficult to hang up those beloved trainers after work and slide back into dress shoes but most of the modern day variations are just as comfortable.
If Common Projects is still too expensive for your taste ($500+ in most cases), Clarks makes a very similar version for their TOR line and it's moderately priced at around $120 so you don't have to break the bank testing out a new look.
Also look for some of the thicker rubber sole'd shoes by some the cooler designers at price that's much easier to digest. Common Projects released a reincarnation of the a patent leather classic. A very clean look that will make you feel much different when you walk into a room brimming with the opposite sex.
Always stay away from pointy or square toe shoes. They look horrible and will NEVER be stylish. And remember boot cut jeans work with boots. They will NEVER work with dress shoes. Good luck!
Devin Lucien is a producer and dj in Los Angeles who likes clothes,smart girls, and pretty music.