When it comes to how people define themselves in the style and fashion worlds, many times the best indicator that you can get about somebody is their shoes. And that works in reverse as well. If you want to show off something about yourself, start with your kicks!

Think about the categories of athletic shoes, casual shoes, dress shoes, and specialty shoes. The more you pay attention to the small details, the more you understand how first impressions work, both with respect to how you view people, and how they view you!

Athletic Shoes

For people who play sports, athletic footwear is key. Especially for professionals or extreme hobbyists, not only does your choice of shoe affect how seriously people take you, they also are a matter of safety and even athletic potential. Having the right size, shape, and support for different activities is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of your sport of choice. There’s a reason that top-end athletes always go back to the same brands and styles that they perform the best in!

Casual Shoes

When it comes to the fashion aspect of casual shoes, there’s a lot to be considered as well. A pair of shoes that suits the situation will be admired or largely unnoticed because they fit with the theme of what you’re trying to present to the world at large. But if you have something just a little bit off, or a little bit out of line for your occasion, then people won’t even look at the rest of you. Think of the backlash against knockoff ugly boots or bizarre sandals that happened a few years back. People didn’t pay attention and got ridiculed for it!

Dress Shoes

When heading to dressy events, having the right dress shoes is going to make a big difference as well. A man who knows how to pick the appropriate shoes for the appropriate suit jacket and pants is going to be much more accepted than someone who can’t be bothered to pay attention to color and texture.

Specialty Shoes

Specialty shoes would be things like shoes that you wear when you’re sailing or kayaking, or shoes that you wear when you’re hiking up mountains. Anything that requires extra support, or protection against weather or elements, is going to fit in this category. And wearing the wrong shoes to these kinds of specialty events can literally result in dangerous situations

First Impressions That Matter

People know a lot about you by your shoes, and you should take this into account on a daily basis. If you understand that you’re being judged, at least loosely, by your footwear, then you know that it’s one detail of your life that you should take somewhat seriously.