Can I Kick It? A Guide To Editing Your Shoe Closet Learn which shoes to chuck, and which to keep

Your girlfriend hates your closet. She’s the most organized person that’s ever existed, and your early 2000 Nike Dunk collection is taking up way too much space. And when are you really going to wear those safari print Air Maxes?

It’s time to consolidate. Here’s a basic list of all the shoes you’ll ever need.

All Weather Boots

Shoes were invented to protect your feet from the elements, not to match your Yankees cap. All purpose boots are a must-have.

allweather

Original Short Wellington by Hunter  •  Timberland Suede Boot by Mark McNairy

Work Casual

A simple Brogue or Desert Boot is a good everyday shoe. Classic, elegant and nondescript. People are already taking you more seriously.

casual

Macalister Desert Boot by J.Crew  •  Felix Leather Wingtip Brogue by O’ Keeffe

Formal

Sometimes you have to sex it up. There should be no shortcuts taken here; a simple, beautiful formal shoe should be made of the best leather or suede. Form over function reigns supreme.

formal

Becketts Classic Oxford by John Lobb  •  Miller Leather Oxford by Mr. Hare

Everyday Sneaker

Comfort is the ultimate aspiration. Nothing beats the classic Converse Chuck Taylor unless you have an extra $350 to splurge on a pair of Common Projects Achilles.

sneakers

Achilles by Common Projects  •  Chuck Taylor by Converse

Patrick Johnson

Lone traveler Patrick Johnson has transitioned from the depths of the underground menswear scene to the height of trans-cultural exuberance. Born in the year of the Chupacabra, Patrick has defied categorization since birth. At the age of 9 he began learning how to dodge bullets like Neo in the Matrix. Enlightened by his travels across the globe, he spends most of his adult life trying to save the planet from people like himself.Patrick is also a proud Libra.