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Last week we gave you our Guide to Buying Shoes where we taught you how to distinguish quality when you step into a store. This week we want to teach you how to build the base of your footwear collection. With so many choices in every possible color, shape, and material it’s pretty hard for a guy to start from scratch. That’s why we’ve cut it down to the 5 shoes that every guy should have in their closet…

The Brown Wingtip

Crockett and Jones Clifford Wingtip, $695

This is the first shoe you should buy. The brown dress shoe is the shoe you will wear with your grey and navy trousers, and thus a shoe you will wear very often. This is also the shoe that you should not skimp on. Invest in a quality wingtip and you will not regret it. It will be the centerpiece of your footwear collection for years to come. You want something slim, but not too slim, and with gorgeous, preferably antiqued, leather. There are a few options you should check out when looking into a quality wingtip, and they will all cost you. Of course, you could go with Church’s–their reputation for quality footwear speaks for itself. There is also Barker Black, which we promote all the time–their Archdale wingtip is one of our absolute favorite shoes. But we want to point you in a different direction this time.

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Get to the Grenson Gilt Sale

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If you’re reading this post and it’s still early in the day, stop reading and get your ass over to Gilt. The Grenson sale is off the wall. We just snagged some suede oxfords and some gorgeous tan captoes. What are you waiting for? Get to the Grenson Sale┬ástat. Here is your invite.

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There are few people who have inspired the way men dress like Steve McQueen. When people say that you should look like you didn’t try too hard, they really mean that you should look like Steve McQueen.

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It might be a little early for this, seeing as you’re even surprised that we’re telling you to buy some pieces for Fall ’09 right now, but Selectism gave the world the heads up on Grenson’s new lineup for Summer 2010, and we like what we see. Grenson is a heavy hitter in the British shoe market, ranking among the best, sometimes on par with brands like Church’s, but always delightfully affordable by comparison. And they’re also one of the few classic brands daring enough to collaborate with contemporary brands like Rag and Bone. We dig the more conservative designs in this lineup, and the dark guys with the contrast laces and the white sole — which appears to be rubber, not sure — steal the show, but we appreciate the devout use of wooden soles on other pieces. Very classy, Grenson. And we can’t say we could pull off the red ones, but we also can’t say they disappoint. The boot with the perforations — eh, we’ll let you decide. Check out Selectism’s article here (and thanks to Selectism for the pics).

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