Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2017

Published by Englin's Fine Footwear on 10th Nov 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2017

Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is two weeks from yesterday, and we are officially in the holiday shopping season. Yes, folks, the time has come to begin thinking about presents for all of your friends and family members. If the thought of holiday shopping sends you into waves of stress-induced panic, you're not alone. Finding the perfect present is always a challenge, especially for men. For some reason men can just be a special challenge to shop for, specifically men who claim to have everything they need. What do you get for these men of simple needs? Well, we suggest shoes. Be it a pair of snow boots, dress shoes, or even just something casual for everyday wear, most people can use a new pair of shoes during the holiday season. We've rounded up some of this year's best shoes for men into one convenient blog post so that you can find the perfect gift for any man in your life.

For the King of Comfort:

What's not to love about slippers? They're sturdier than socks, cozier than shoes, and ideal for protecting your favorite fella's feet from the frozen floors. If you're buying for a chill guy who craves comfort overall, a nice pair of slippers is the perfect gift.

UGG Men's Scuff

UGG Men's Scuff in Chestnut

The UGG Men's Scuff in Chestnut. Also available in Black and Espresso.

The UGG Men's Scuff is perfect for the guy who wants total ease in his slippers. The Scuff is the essential, classic slipper: it has no back and is meant to be slipped on and off with total ease. Made of water-resistant suede, this slipper is made for casual about-the-house wear and is meant to withstand the occasional coffee drip. An UGGpure™ wool lining will keep the chill of tiled kitchens and hardwood floors off his feet as he putters about the house on a weekend morning.

The UGG Men's Scuff is $79.95*.

UGG Men's Ascot

UGG Men's Espresso in Charcoal Suede

The UGG Men's Ascot Suede in Charcoal Suede. Also available in Black SuedeChestnut SuedeEspresso Suede, and New Navy Suede.

The UGG Men's Ascot Suede is perfect for the man who never slows down, even at home. With its indoor/outdoor sensibility and a molded rubber sole, the Ascot is perfect for going from making breakfast in the kitchen to taking the dog on a quick walk without ever having to stop to switch shoes. Each Ascot is fully lined in sheepskin or UGGpure™ wool and has a cushy foam insole for extra comfort, creating a perfectly cozy slipper experience.

The UGG Men's Ascot Suede is $109.95*.

If neither of these styles appeal, we've got two other great UGG options in the slipper department: the UGG Men's Tasman and the UGG Men's Neuman. Keep him feeling warm and fuzzy all winter long with a soft and snug pair of slippers.

For the Intrepid Outdoorsman:

If neither wind nor snow nor sleet nor hail nor any other inclement weather will stop your favorite gentleman from heading outdoors, a new pair of hale and hearty boots are the perfect gift. Whether he's headed off on a proper outdoor adventure or just trying to keep his feet dry during an impromptu snowball fight, you can be sure he'll appreciate some new boots.

Sorel Men's Caribou

Sorel Men's Caribou in Buff

The Sorel Men's Caribou in Buff. Also available in Black/Tusk and Bruno.

For the truly determined outdoor adventurer, the Sorel Men's Caribou is an unbeatable choice. Seam-sealed, waterproof nubuck leather and a vulcanized rubber shell will keep his feet totally dry whatever the weather may bring. With a removable, washable recycled felt inner boot and a temperature rating of -40° F, the Caribou is meant for protection in the harshest conditions. Plus, an AeroTrac non-loading sole is designed for unbeatable traction in snowy conditions.

The Sorel Men's Caribou is $150.00*.

Sorel Men's Paxson Chukka Waterproof

Sorel Men's Paxson Chukka Waterproof in Elk/Black

The Sorel Men's Paxson Chukka Waterproof Elk/Black. Also available in Black/Shark.

Sorel Men's Paxson Chukka Waterproof might be a better option for a man who prefers a lower-profile shoe. Modern style and outdoor utility come together in this excellent boot. Seam-sealed construction and a waterproof full grain leather upper mean that the Paxson Chukka Waterproof will keep his foot dry, and 100g of insulation means that it'll keep his foot warm, too! Moreover, an EVA foam footbed adds incredible comfort to this boot. Finally, a molded rubber sole offers winter-ready traction to this fashion-friendly boot.

The Sorel Men's Paxson Chukka Waterproof is $140.00*.

UGG Men's Hannen TL

UGG Men's Hannen TL in Cordovan

The UGG Men's Hannen TL in Cordovan. Also available in BlackDark Chestnut, and Metal.

Of course, there are fashion-forward fellows who also love the outdoors. These guys need a stylin' boot that also offers their feet protection from the elements, and the UGG Men's Hannen TL is the boot that fits the bill. Waterproof leather and seam-sealed construction meet modern and trendy work boot-inspired styling in several of-the-moment colors (like the eye-catching cordovan pictured above!). A Treadlite by UGG™ sole also gives this fantastic fashion statement lightweight traction for slippery days. Combine these features with an UGGpure™ wool lining and you've got a boot that can't be beat! 

The UGG Men's Hannen TL is $229.95*.

For the Summer Lover:

There are those who hate the winter. These men miss the sun, sand, and surf of the summer months and long for the return of warmer temperatures. Make his Christmas by reminding him of his favorite time of the year with lightweight, warm weather ready footwear!

OluKai Men's Hamakua Poko

OluKai Men's Hamakua Poko in Ray/Dark Wood

The OluKai Men's Hamakua Poko in Ray/Dark Wood. Also available in Dark Wood/Dark Wood and Storm Grey/Dark Wood.

OluKai is always a top choice for lovers of summer. With their Hawaiian inspiration calling to mind sandy beaches and tropical heat, this brand is perfect for reminding him of the warm days that will return. We stongly recommend the OluKai Men's Hamakua Poko. An all-weather rubber or gum rubber sole on the Hamakua Poko means that a man willing to brave the cold might be able to rock this shoe as soon as the weather takes a turn for the slightly higher temperatures (we don't necessarily recommend it as this shoe isn't particularly warm, but the sole won't be wrecked by exposure to water). Even if he can't wear it now, he'll appreciate this lightweight reminder of the summer. Nubuck leather is a classy addition to this fresh style, and, like all OluKai shoes, the Hamakua Poko an anatomical footbed designed to create the perfect environment for his feet.

The OluKai Men's Hamakua Poko is $129.95*.

Birkenstock Arizona

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed in Black Suede

The Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed in Black Suede. Also available in Black Oiled LeatherIron Oiled LeatherTaupe Suede, and a variety of other colors and materials.

Now, if you want to go all out on a warm weather inspired gift, we have to recommend a pair of Birkenstock Arizona sandals. The Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed sandals shown here combine the timeless style of the Arizona with a contemporary comfort twist. Like all Birkenstock shoes, the Arizona Soft Footbed has a cork footbed that conforms to the foot over time covered with a suede liner, but what makes the soft footbed soft is the inclusion of a foam liner in between the two classic layers. Durability is the hallmark of the Birkenstock, so this is a gift that your guy will be able to appreciate for a long time to come. You may think that he won't be able to wear these sandals for months, but that's where you're wrong. Gift him a pair of totally rad socks with his new Arizonas, and he'll be rocking the totally on-trend Birkensocks as soon as the snow melts away.

The Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed is $110.00-$135.00*.

For the Dressed-Up Dude:

Sure, there are men who dress up every day for work. Obviously, a nice pair of dress shoes would be well-appreciated by these suave and stylish workers, but what about the other guys? What of those fellows who don't dress up for work daily and will maybe pull out a pair of dress shoes a couple times of year? Let's set up a quick scenario: it's the day before a dressy event. You gave him dress shoes for a gift this holiday season. He doesn't have to run out at the last minute and buy a pair. You're the holiday hero. Dress shoes are a good gift for fancy guys and casual guys alike.

Clark's Men's Unstructured Un.Kenneth

Clarks Men's Unstructured Un.Kenneth in Brown Leather

The Clarks Men's Unstructured Un.Kenneth in Brown Leather. Also available in Black Leather.

The Clarks Men's Unstructured line is designed for unrivaled comfort, a perfect choice for a man who wears his dress shoes every day. This Clarks Unstructured Men's Un.Kenneth combines this modern comfort with traditional Oxford style. A removable footbed and Unstructured® comfort technology combine with an air circulation system and ultra-flexible sole to create a shoe so comfortable he just might forget that it's on his foot. Plus, lace-up style means this shoe's fit is adjustable, guaranteeing a perfect fit for his foot.

The Clarks Men's Unstructured Un.Kenneth is $159.95*.

ECCO Men's Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On

ECCO Men's Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On in Rust Brown

The ECCO Men's Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On in Rust Brown. Also available in Black and Cocoa Brown.

For a fellow whose dress shoe needs are more infrequent, an easy to wear, easy to style shoe like the ECCO Men's Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On is the way to go. This slip-on has simple, classic style for an easy but polished look. With a moisture absorbing textile lining and a removable insole, the Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On offers incredible comfort on top of its low key style. The PU sole is shock-absorbing and flexible for total comfort while walking.

The ECCO Men's Helsinki Bike Toe Slip On is $149.95*.

For the All-Around Cool Guy:

The most stylish of chaps, the all-around cool guy is always on the lookout for a cool new pair of kicks. From sweet sneakers to super slip-ons, we've got the shoes he'll love.

Sperry Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter

Sperry Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter

The Sperry Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter in Brown.

For the gentleman who just won't give up his boat shoes no matter how cold it may get outside, a pair of Sperry Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter boat shoes will be a much-appreciated gift. The Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter is lined in faux-fur to keep his feet warm in the winter temps, but these winterized Sperry boat shoes also include everything you expect from Sperry. Razor-cut Wave-Siping™ on the sole provides incredible traction. The 360° lacing system allows for a fully customizable fit. If boat shoes are his thing, this winter-ready version will be right up his alley.

The Sperry Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Winter is $119.95*.

Sperry Men's Gamefish Slip On

Sperry Men's Gamefish Slip On in Brown

The Sperry Men's Gamefish Slip On in Brown. Also available in Dark Tan.

If he already owns more pairs of boat shoes than any one man should have and you just can't bring yourself to give him another pair, the Sperry Men's Gamefish Slip On may be just the gift solution you need. The Sperry comfort that he knows and loves in a non-boat shoe style is the perfect addition to the closet of any Authentic Original addict. The Gamefish still includes the 360° lacing system for a customizable fit, and hand sewed leather construction ensures the longevity of this slip-on. The Gamefish is super lightweight and includes an EVA foam footbed for maximum comfort. SON-R Technology™ is designed to provide natural sensory feedback for greater foot stability and agility and of course, Sperry's Wave-Siping™ lends incredible traction on wet and dry surfaces. The Gamefish is a new look with the same Sperry DNA.

The Sperry Men's Gamefish Slip On is $109.95*.

ECCO Men's Soft 7 Sneaker

ECCO Men's Soft 7 Sneaker in Dark Shadow Droid

The ECCO Men's Soft 7 Sneaker in Dark Shadow Droid. Also available in Black and Whiskey.

Obviously Sperry shoes aren't the only fashionable options out there, and not every guy is in to the preppy Sperry look. If you're looking for a gift for a guy who doesn't live the Sperry life, a first-rate pair of sneakers is probably a pretty good choice. Cool guys need cool sneaks! For fresh minimalist style with maximal comfort, the ECCO Men's Soft 7 Sneaker is a top choice. Made of leather or suede, the Soft 7 is a snazzy upgrade to sneaker style. A removable ECCO Comfort Fiber System™ insole ensures long-lasting comfort for all-day wear. With a lightweight and durable PU/TPU outsole, this sneaker is designed to last even for men who are hard on their shoes.

The ECCO Men's Soft 7 Sneaker is $149.95*.

This most festive of seasons is meant to be enjoyed, so don't let the stress of finding the perfect present extinguish your holiday cheer. Simple, useful gifts are always sure to be appreciated, and what could be more useful than something you need every day? Whether you need a gift for a brother, boyfriend, father, uncle, grandpa, friend, or any other man in your life, a nice pair of shoes is a perfect choice. If this gift guide has left you uninspired, no worries! Visit us in store or at to find many more style options perfect for all the fellows in your life.

This is the just first of our 2017 holiday gift guides! Be sure to check back on the blog next week to catch our Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2017 to find shoes for all of the lovely ladies on your list.

*All prices valid as of the posting date (11/10/2017)