From a quick glance at the catwalks, it would seem that women's footwear is increasingly adopting styles that were traditionally considered the exclusive preserve of the male sex, such as worker boots and Oxford brogues. So what can men wear now?
This year, it looks like there are going to be two narrow toe shapes dominating male footwear fashion, namely apron toes and bicycle toes. Apron toes have a seam that goes up the side, across the front, and down the other side, and as their name would suggest, this makes an apron like shape.
A shoe featuring a bicycle toe has two seams running down both sides of the front of the shoe, running down to the sole at the front of the shoe. These are expected to be very big this year.
The style that you should go for very much depends on the size of your feet. If you have small feet, you might want to go for a bicycle toe, as they make your feet look larger, whereas if you have big feet, you might be better with an apron toe, which has the opposite effect.
The one theme that has dominated the catwalks so far this year is that of travel, with a strong 1940s or 50s bias. This theme comes through very strongly in some of the more fashionable shoe designs from this year.
One shoe that picks up on the men's fashion trend for travel is the espadrille. A traditional lightweight shoe originating from the Pyrenees, it has a rope or rope-like sole and a canvas top. Very breathable, and effortlessly stylish, these look set to be big news when summer rolls around.
If you want a shoe to go with this seasons tailored suits, then you might want to get hold of a pair of patent leather shoes. These shiny marvels look great in black, but can also look striking with a coloured or metallic finish.
When it comes to sports shoes, you can expect to see a lot of tennis shoes, in traditional white or modern high gloss colour, in 2010. These go rather nicely with chinos and rolled up jeans, and fit in perfectly with the 40s world travel look.
By : Josef Kazan