The Origin's of the Oxford Shoe
Many men are uncertain as to whether the shoetree is a beneficial aspect of shoe care or simply good marketing. The truth is, shoetree's (on the right pair of shoes) can make a large difference in the life span of your shoes.
Shoes are a necessary staple in any wardrobe. If you buy the right pair, they will stick with you for life, however, only if you take care of them. This includes cleaning, polishing and deodorising. Good shoes begin with great leather, though you're going to have to pay for it. Leather is a natural material that will respond to the care you give them. With great care, your shoes will age exceptionally.
Some may say that men will never be as obsessed with shoes as women are. However, men have always been obsessed with shoes, just different kinds of shoes. Sneakers have been around since the 1970's, an important part of hip-hop and rock 'n' roll culture. Rappers and rock stars even sign million dollar promotional contracts with large shoe brands such as Nike and Converse. While sneakers are still a huge part of that culture, the types of shoes are changing, with many contemporary men shifting to diversify amongst the myriad of shoe types and brands available.