It may sound petty and dismal, but it is true:
Ask any woman and she will tell you that your shoes just might seal or break the deal when it comes to the game of wooing and conquering her heart.
And, that shoe could be the reason you are still out on the street trying to find a job in spite of your excellent qualifications. A shoe, explains Sheila Atim, 24, reveals what kind of man he is exactly.
"When I see him, I get the general picture. When I look down and see his shoes, I get the entire story of his life."
Is he lousy, poor and disorganised? Is he stylish and polished? According to Atim, a lawyer who deals with people from all walks of life, you can tell all this from his shoes.
Whether it is a work day, a leisurely weekend or an evening jog, it is always important to get those shoes right. Here are some pointers to help you with your footwear.
Invest in shoes
The first step is to put your money where your feet are and get yourself a decent pair of shoes. A shoe priced at Shs 10,000 will eventually betray you one way or the other. It could gape, crack or simply fall apart on the street. But when you invest in a good pair of shoes, it will compliment your dress ensemble.
It is best to invest in brown or black shoes if you can only afford a few pairs. If you are adventurous, you can try out colourful and even chequered shoes; these go well with casual clothes and will highlight your refined taste.
It is not enough to simply go and splash on the best shoe your money can get you. The shoe must also be clean. It just does not cut it to walk with six-month-old mud on a very dusty day. You simply won't look serious and no one wants to deal with people that are not serious.
Okay, so you are too macho to go for a pedicure at the salon, but that should not give you an excuse to walk around with popcorn-shaped toes. Invest in basics like a nail cutter, file, brush and lotion; and spare at least thirty minutes a week to thoroughly groom your feet. That way when you finally unleash them to the world in those Saturday sandals, people will not imagine you spent the entire week digging.