“[Fashion] is about how people really express themselves and have personality.”
-Glenn O’Brien, “The Style Guy,” GQ magazine
Spring is upon us, and a new season means a fresh opportunity to update your wardrobe and show who you are through what you wear. Experts have compiled the best information to help people find a good look, from their shirt down to their shoes. At Stan’s Fit For Your Feet and New Balance Milwaukee, we have just the shoes to help you spring into the warm weather in style.
Shoes can be helped along by finding the right colors and clothing to complement them. Pantone Inc. named Radiant Orchid color of the year for 2014.
A number of other diverse colors also make up Pantone’s Spring 2014 palette for men, including Dazzling Blue, Freesia, Sand, Comfrey and Cayenne. The variety of colors leaves plenty of room for every person to experiment and find the look that suits them best.
This spring’s trends include both elegant and more casual options. Here are some of this season’s hippest designs and color schemes for men:
⬩ Bomber jackets are very popular. Because they come in leather, wool and a variety of materials, they are remarkably adaptable for different occasions. Bomber jackets should be slim-fitting, and their sleeves should not hang past the upper wrist.
⬩ Printed jackets and pants are in again! They should be worn with some reservation. Pairing a printed jacket with solid pants or printed pants with a solid jacket or shirt is a sure way to show your flair with tasteful discretion.
⬩ Pantone advises pairing calmer colors with more forward, funky options. In some cases, however, two bold colors can work well together. Some of Pantone’s suggested combinations are:
Placid Blue with Comfrey
Purple Haze with Paloma
Sand or Paloma with Cayenne and Freesia
Magenta Purple with Dazzling Blue
⬩ Rolled pants can help bring out the hipster in you. Simply roll up a pair of casual, well-fitting pants and put on a great shoe to seal the look. You do not need to search any further than one of Stan’s boat shoes or loafers or a New Balance sneaker.
Speaking of shoes, check out these footwear trends Stan’s is carrying this season!
⬩ Chukka boots ride a nice balance between casual and formal. Florsheim and Clarks both have a number of excellent options.
⬩ While typically more formal, the Oxford is a great shoe that can also add a touch of elegance to a jeans-based, casual outfit. Stan’s carries a number of wingtip options that make for a classy throwback version of this great style.
⬩ Leather sandals are also in as we enter spring and approach summer. With their comfortable, firm cork footbeds, Birkenstocks offer a fantastic, long-lasting sandal that will form to your foot.
⬩ A well-designed sneaker can offer an unexpected bit of flair to your look. New Balance has multicolored, textured designs, such as the new Fresh Foam 980, as well as classic options like the 574 and 990.
⬩ Always remember to find the right look for YOU! Stan’s and New Balance Milwaukee carry over 50 brands in a multitude of styles and sizes for all walks of life. The best shoe is the one that gives you comfort and expresses your personality. Stop into Stan’s and New Balance Milwaukee today, and pick up the shoe that will tell the world who you are! There is no need to compromise fashion for comfort with our selection. If you have questions about these styles and trends, asks any of our Fit Specialists.