The loafers guide to chilling out

Tinker, tailor, soldier or spy — it matters not what a man does for a living. What matters is how a man loafs in his loafers.

Relaxation allows for reflection, consideration and the escape from the shackles of employment. Chilling out, gentlemen, is a fine art. So do it with style.

Comfy Chair

black leather armchair

The perfect chair for chilling out


Every man should have a comfortable perch. Whether it’s a chunky leather recliner or a vintage Frank Doerner swivel chair with matching footstool, demand some melt-into-me seating in your life. Everything begins with a priceless place to sit.

Large Plasma

plasma screen luxury apartment

Panorama perfection with plasma


A king once sat upon his throne surveying his kingdom from the many windows of his castle. These days the windows to the world are HD plasma ones and they’ll show you everything in every entertaining kingdom in the world. Whether you enjoy the afternoon game, a bit of David Attenborough or a good movie, go large and go plasma.

Tipple

cigar and whisky

The perfect tipples for relaxing ripples


Your favoured choice might be a vintage bottle of scotch, or a selection of ales or ciders, or it could be a dusty bottle of wine from a forgotten cellar. Whichever it is, a tipple will cause a ripple, of relaxing vibes to fill the air. And if you’re feeling extra special, give yourself a cigar.

Bookcase

book case

Built to impress


A fine selection of books adds a kiss of intellectualism to any room , so you don’t need to be a bookworm to enjoy a bookcase. Though allowing your mind to be taken somewhere far away by a good book is a pleasure not to be missed. Entirely up to you of course.

Munch

beef steak

Satisfy your appetite


The fridge should be fully stocked with a selection of munch: the ingredients to your favourite meal, a few tasty items you know you shouldn’t eat, but you will anyway, and enough snacks to keep you going long past the midnight film.

Loafers

loafers

Loafers - the only footwear fit for loafing


With a name that suggests taking it easy, loafers are the finishing touch to a relaxing day. Simple in design, comfy too, loafers are all you’ll need to keep your feet warm if you feel inclined to shuffle along somewhere, anywhere or nowhere in particular. The trek to the fridge can seem quite far after all.

Why men’s shoes are more comfortable than women’s

comfortable mens shoes

Why men's shoes are more comfortable

Staying safely on the fence, there’s an assumption out there that men’s shoes are decidedly more comfortable than the shoes worn by women. This view has some weight behind it when you consider the high heels, buckles and straps found on many women’s shoes.

Yet there’s only one way to be sure about assumptions, so in the red corner we have women’s shoes and in the blue corner we have shoes for men. Let the competition for the comfiest commence …

Social — Chelsea boots Vs T-bar sandals

chelsea boots vs sandals

Chelsea boots vs T-bar sandals


With their smart, yet relatively informal look, Chelsea boots are something of an icon in the shoe world, but when it comes to good looks, the elegance and delicate features of a pair of ladies’ T-bar sandals are more than a match.

Concentrating on comfort though, the elastic sidings and snug feel of the Chelsea boots are far superior to the flimsy ankle strap and limited protection for those worried pinkies. 1-0 to the chaps.

Relaxing — outdoor mule Vs espadrilles

outdoor mule vs espadrille

Outdoor mule vs Espadrille


When it comes to taking it easy, ladies’ espadrilles not only look the part, but are flexible enough to be worn down at the beach or around the house. Men’s outdoor mules are equally flexible and it’s truly effortless to slide them on and potter around.

Both shoes are very comfy, but the fur-lined mules may be a little too snug in the summer and the canvas inners of the espadrilles may feel a little rough for the first few days. The points are shared, so 2-1 overall.

Formal — Oxford shoe Vs bridal stiletto

black oxford shoe vs bridal shoe

Oxford shoe vs Bridal stiletto


Weddings and special occasions demand stylish footwear, so a smart, shiny pair of prestige Oxford shoes are an excellent choice for men. Handmade with quality leather, these trusty shoes are extremely comfortable when broken in.

Shame we can’t say the same for the show-stopping stilettos, which may be the talk of the wedding, but walking on those heels sure looks uncomfortable. 3-1.

Flexible — brogues Vs leather boots

brown brogue vs leather boot

Brogue vs Leather boot


Whether hanging out in bohemian cafes or walking in the country it’s important to have a pair of shoes able to rise to any occasion. For women, a stylish pair of leather boots offer protection, durability and, depending on the brand and finish, look the business too.

Brogues need no introduction and are one of the most recognisable shoe designs in the world. Not only do they offer a kiss of style and flexibility, but are ultra stylish. In terms of comfort, both are very comfortable even with heels, so the honours are shared. 4-2.

Fun — creepers Vs platform shoes

creepers vs platforms

Creepers vs Platforms


It’s important to have a fun pair of shoes in your life and a fancy pair of suede creepers on your feet will certainly bring out the rock n’ roller in you. With huge, thick soles, beneath them, men feel a foot taller and will bounce the night away.

Equally distinctive and perhaps even more iconic, women’s platform shoes make for a stunning choice in footwear and have graced discos and catwalks for decades. Although, with heels added to the mix, walking in platform shoes is akin to balancing on stilts, whereas the bouncy, padded feel of the creepers is quite the opposite. It’s another win for the chaps, 5-2.

So it would seem that the assumptions are correct and the heeled, buckled and aesthetically pleasing shoes worn by women aren’t that comfortable. Now there’s a shock.

You’re free of course to go and try on a pair of stilettos if you’re not convinced, but take our word for it, men’s shoes are the champions of comfy.

Brogues and other fashions for a fool-proof Hollywood look

Let’s be honest, not all of us were born with a natural talent for dressing well — but don’t let that get you down.

See it doesn’t matter if you don’t know your cravats from your cardigans, just so long as you get familiar with the few fail-safe items of clothing, which can make you look as cool as a Hollywood star whatever else you’re wearing. Though, we can’t promise you’ll have Angelina Jolie on your arm.

Brogues

Take a giant leap to looking sharp with a pair of brogues — the undisputed cool cat of footwear.

Whether they’re brand new or beaten up, brogues will add a kiss of style to anything you’re wearing and make sure you’re following in the footsteps of Hollywood style icons.

Blazer

Once dominated by schoolboys and businessmen, blazers have broken free from their formal shackles.

These days blazers are equally at home with a pair of jeans down the pub as they are on the red carpet with the fashionistas of Hollywood.

Trilby hat

A favourite of Johnny Depp, which means it’s eternally cool, the trilby hat is the rising star in the hat world.

Top off your outfit with this little number and you’ll be adding a touch of the mysterious outlaw to your appearance.

Waistcoat

As if caging all that bad fashion underneath, the neat and tidy lines of a fitted waistcoat adds sophistication, intelligence and a sprinkle of the eccentric to even the dreariest wardrobe.

Shades

A good pair of shades needs no introduction, but don’t leave yourself in the dark by choosing a cheap and tacky pair.

Aviators are your safest bet for hitting the target and are also a favourite for Top Gun pilots, terminators and international men of mystery.

Facial hair

Whether it be a nice handlebar, a musketeer goatee or a nice spread of designer stubble, facial hair is growing in popularity. It adds a bit of rugged, action hero masculinity to a look.

Just keep it groomed whatever its length, else you’ll look more like a drunken hobo.