How do you tell quality shoes from cheap shoes?

If our shoes look good and feel good on our feet, we feel good too. While some men have a devotion to understanding the quality and appearance of expertly handmade shoes as opposed to cheaper ones, others may not know what to look out for.

Anatomic & Co has put together a guide explaining what to look out for when purchasing a quality pair of dress shoes…

Leather quality

Only with experience will one identify the excellent leather quality from acceptable leather quality.

Don’t buy high-gloss leather that looks and feels like plastic. This material cracks easily due to it’s lack of quality and the fact that it is particularly rigid. Leathers that have a chemical smell are also a no-go. The only things a leather shoe should smell like is its own aromas or polish used in crafting the shoe.

Always ask if you are not sure about the leather.

Anatomic & Co sources exclusively from the best tanneries in Brazil. The full grain leather used is sumptuously soft and naturally treated, giving the leather shoes a natural look and feel.


The shape of the shoe

A fine shoe needs proper stitching and curves in all the right places. Your dress shoes should never be too square, too pointy or too round – anything too extreme is really not attractive. Avoid anything that is over symmetrical and choose a shoe that has elegant curves that compliment each other (resembling the silhouette of your foot).


The heels and soles

We highly recommend avoiding dress shoes with heels that are higher than 3cm. This does not correlate well with the look of dress shoes.

A good comfortable shoe can save you a lot of painful hours spent in the wrong pair. Along with the design of the shoe, the padding and the fit – you need a shoe with a top-class sole and insole.

Soles – Anatomic & Co’s soles feature Anatomic Gel Technology®,  giving the soles added resistance and flexibility, with a non-slip surface and soft leather welts for added comfort.

Insoles – Providing added flexibility, Anatomic shoes also feature supple hinged insoles that conform and flex to the natural movements of your feet. The insoles also provide an additional layer of cushioning for a more comfortable walking experience.



Finally, you need to consider shoes that will complement your outfits. Again, avoid shoes that are too pointy or bulky. Pair your dress shoes with well fitted attire (not too baggy) that fit the silhouette of your body and feet and keep them correlating with each other.



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