It can be said that the shoes you choose can make or break your look. The hard and fast rules to buying a pair of shoes comes down to how multipurpose they will be, while also paying attention to quality – because believe it or not, your shoes are often the first thing people see when they look at you.

Whether you’re looking to save space or on a budget, it’s always best to have a comprehensive collection of shoes that will take you anywhere from the gym to a wedding in a flash. We’ve rounded up the only shoes you’ll need to cover every occasion – and we can guarantee you’ll be sorted for the next 12 months.

The White Sneaker

The ultimate hero of any kit will always be the the minimalist white sneaker. To nail the style for maximum versatility, avoid big logos or embellishments (sorry Gucci) and invest in a good quality pair. If you want more ideas, visit here.

Lacoste Men’s L.12.12 116 1 Sneakers / $220 AUD SHOP NOW
Axel Arigato Clean 90 Colour Sole Sneaker / $249 AUD SHOP NOW
Adidas Originals Superstar Foundation Shoes / $130 AUD SHOP NOW

The 9-5 Derby Shoes

Equally as multipurpose as the white sneaker, the derby shoe is suitable for more smarter occasions, including the office. With the ability to smarten up jeans, and pair with almost any casual suit, the derby shoe is the more chunkier and hardwearing cousin to the oxford shoe. Look to dark stain, leather styles for a more versatile look.

Common Projects Polished-Leather Derby Shoes / $609 AUD SHOP NOW
Dr Martens Vintage 1461 Shoes / $290 AUD SHOP NOW
Bally Luxor Derby Shoes / $1,438 AUD SHOP NOW

After-Hours Leather Slip-Ons

The perfect dinner date/work drinks/summer wedding shoes, the leather slip-ons offer a preppy, smart-casual vibe for almost every special occasion. Made famous by the likes of Michael Jackson, loafers are a summer alternative to heavier derby shoes, best paired with chinos for a classic look.

Tod’s Penny Loafers / $704 AUD SHOP NOW
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Loafers / $810 AUD SHOP NOW
Gucci Horsebit Leather Loafers / $945 AUD SHOP NOW

The Smart Oxford Shoes

A must-have for all formal occasions and black-tie events, while oxford shoes may only be worn once in a blue moon for some people, they are handy to include in your kit. Different to the derby shoe due to the nature of its construction, oxford shoes are more refined and will work seamlessly with any tailored suit. Once again, it is best to opt for a good quality pair to ensure they will last forever.

MJ Bale London Black Oxford Shoes / $399 AUD SHOP NOW
Suit Supply Black Oxford Shoes / $399 AUD SHOP NOW
Barneys New York Plain Toe Bluchers / $571 AUD SHOP NOW

Winter Combat Boots

Combat boots have been a timeless style for decades and while loafers will suffice for weekend style in the summer, boots are always an essential in the colder weather. Waterproof and warm, they can handle rough terrain as well as the city pavement, offering comfort and long-lasting quality. Pair with chinos and jeans for a go-to, off-duty uniform.

Dries Van Noten Suede Boots / $1,681 AUD SHOP NOW
Dr Martens 1460 Smooth Leather Boots / $250 AUD SHOP NOW
Country Road Solomon Boot / $249 AUD SHOP NOW

Summer Slip-Ons

When the weather gets too hot for comfort, leather becomes less than desirable when choosing shoes. Where sandals are frowned upon for certain occasions, it’s best to look for a covered, canvas alternative – enter Espadrilles. A popular choice for years, the soft sole and breathable quality makes these best for beachside events. Always keep them casual and pair with shorts and a t-shirt to avoid looking mismatched, and with the colour options endless, you can have fun with them.

Kenzo Tiger Embroidered Espadrilles / $270 AUD SHOP NOW
Saint Laurent Embroidered Logo Espadrilles / $695 AUD SHOP NOW
Tod’s Slip-On Espadrilles / $654 AUD SHOP NOW

The Gym Sneaker

A kit essential for the regular gym junkie or commuter, sneakers are one of the most important shoes to include. Support and comfort for almost every situation, for those living the minimalist life, you should look for a pair of sneakers that will not only take you through the gym, but can be paired with a basic chino for a low-key pub look.

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Decon Sneakers / $140 AUD SHOP NOW
Adidas AlphaBOUNCE Trainer / $140 AUD SHOP NOW
Nike Epic React Flyknit Men’s Running Shoe / $220 AUD SHOP NOW