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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Heroes – mens shoes that will never be filled

Talent, hard work and guts are ingredients that make a man stand out from the crowd.

But to be revered, even generations after your death takes something extra; greatness. Here are some of the men who had it; men whose shoes will never be filled.

Sir Ernest Shackleton 1874-1922

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Unfillable snow shoes

Shackleton is best known for his failed attempt to cross the Antarctic continent.

When his ice bound ship, the ‘Endeavour’ broke up and sank on 21st November 1915, he moved his crew onto the ice. There they camped for the next two months. When the ice floe began to break up he ordered his men to the ship’s boats. Five days later they landed on the remote and inhospitable Elephant Island. Far from the shipping routes, Shackleton, knew that the only chance of salvation lay in getting out.

Shackleton sailed 800 miles in an open boat to South Georgia to get help, eventually returning with a tug boat borrowed from the Chilean government. He saved all his men and entered the history books as one of the greatest polar explorers.

Joshua Slocum 1844-1909

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Unfillable deck shoes

Dame Ellen MacArthur wept in the Southern Ocean – Joshua Slocum certainly did not. The man credited with being first to circumnavigate the globe left Boston, Massachusetts on 24th April 1895, aboard his boat, the ‘Spray’.

Three years later, he sailed into Newport, Rhode Island having sailed some 46,000 miles. His book, ‘Sailing alone around the world’ was an instant hit – Arthur Ransome wrote of it; ‘boys who do not like this book ought to be drowned at once’. Quite.

Bill Tilman 1898-1977


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During the First World War Bill Tilman was twice awarded the Military cross for bravery. Afterwards, he became a mountaineer and explorer of great renown and was a member of two Everest expeditions, gaining the nickname, ‘Himal Bill’.

After again seeing action in the second World War, Tilman took to the seas, sailing into both Arctic and Antarctic waters in search of unclimbed peaks.

Understatement is a characteristic of which Bill Tilman was a superb exponent. Speaking of his joy at reaching a Himalayan summit he says of his reaction and that of his climbing mate; ‘I believe we so far forgot ourselves as to shake hands on it.’

Bill Tilman perished in the seas off the Falklands aged 79.

Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965

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Unfillable Churchill slippers

Britain’s greatest wartime leader, Churchill epitomised the fighting spirit of the British people. Standing defiantly against Hitler, he refused to countenance defeat, galvanising the nation to resist the fascist horde.

Men like Churchill are not born but made. The qualities that shone during the war were honed over a lifetime. Churchill’s parliamentary career is littered with setbacks; mistakes from which he learnt and which ultimately, contributed to the indefatigability that won the war.

Elvis Presley 1935-1977

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Unfillable blue suede shoes

Persistence is a quality that Elvis had in spades. Told numerous times during his childhood and adolescence, that he was a useless singer, Presley just kept trying. To begin with, he suffered from stage fright so severe that he could barely perform. As a young adult, he struggled to find a label to record him, and then struggled to get air time because his style was new. That he continued speaks volumes about his grit and determination.

Elvis produced some incredible music during his career and although his end was sad – let’s face it, there will only be one ‘King of rock and roll’.

Most of us will never be able to fill mens shoes like these – but we can still enjoy the achievements, adventures and legacy these men left.