If you believe what the media tells you, women are obsessed with shoes and men are lucky if they can even find a pair that matches in the morning. The truth, of course, is nowhere near this. Plenty of men are proud owners of extensive shoe collections. Like the devil, style is in the details, and the truly stylish man knows that footwear is one of the most important details. SHOP the full Tan collection from Aquila.

It all boils down to this question: Are these shoes appropriate for this outfit or occasion? Answer that question correctly, and you will always be on top of your game.

As with all things fashion, rules are meant to be broken! It’s all about defining and refining your sense of style, until you’ve invented a look that really suits your individual personality. That being said, it never hurts to establish some general guidelines. Blacks and browns are so basic that we trust you can figure them out for yourself, so let’s take a look at the infamous Tan shoes instead.

A Tan shoe makes for a welcome addition to the standard lineup of consideration. And it’s practically just as versatile as its more common cousins. Tan has been gaining steam as an all season shoe, and is becoming increasingly well liked for the varied opportunities it offers for patina and polish customisation.

A lively debate surrounds the wearing of Tan shoes. How formal can they be? When should they be worn? What colours can they be matched with? Tan shoes are the solution when nothing else is – black is too formal, brown doesn’t suit, white is too bright, colours are out of the question. Tan can be a light, neutral shade that emphasizes other colours without overpowering, or a deeper, more noticeable shade that ties the rest of an outfit together.

On the lighter side of things, Tan shoes are an appropriate companion for the off-white spectrum. On the darker side, tan shoes pair well with navy and mid-level shades of grey. Dark neutrals – like taupe, dark brown, and olive – can also pair well with tan footwear. The key is to hone in on the distinct shade of tan in your shoes. You won’t go wrong if you match cooler tones with cooler tones, and warmer tones with warmer tones.

SHOP the full Tan collection from Aquila.