Here at Footy-Boots.com, we like to think of ourselves as pioneers in the world of male fashion. When we’re not lacing up a pair of new football boots, we’re slipping a pair of boxfresh Crocs over some crisp white socks.
So, we were left a little surprised when our friends at Blue Square Bet sent us an email full of fashion advice from Paulo di Canio and Steve King – two fashionista football managers whose sides – Swindon Town and' Macclesfield Town -' clash this weekend in the FA Cup 1st Round.
For starters, the Blue Square Bet team know that everyone in the Footy-Boots.com office dresses up to every FA Cup weekend in all-white suit (in honour of Liverpool’s ’96 Cup final ‘spice boys’) but again – for whatever reason – they were very insistent we at least have a have look at what the two gaffers had to say ahead of their cup clash.
Paolo Di Canio is renowned for his sleek and stylish Italian fashion look, so for him it's as much about looking the part as it is playing the best looking football on the pitch. The Italian style icon said:
For me you always have to wear stylish shoes, even sporty trainers can be stylish. I like Church's shoes myself. A watch is also essential in my opinion as it gives you an insight into someone's personality and says a lot. I'm usually known for wearing a stylish coat on the touchline and my green one will be coming out the locker again this weekend. As for fashion pet hates I don't like it when people wear their jeans or trousers very low, and wearing a cap backwards or wearing flip flops are absolutely awful when it comes to style'.'
The trend setting Blue Square Bet Premier manager Steve King offered his views on what it takes to look the part after his very own fashion nightmare in the FA Cup several years ago.
I wore woolen trousers as the manager of Lewes several years back, it rained hard and I got soaked. By the evening the sun had come out and I found myself sporting some rather cool three quarter length trousers!
However, this fashion disaster has left Steve very much looking at his fashion and now-a-days he wouldn't look out of place on the streets of Milan.
He went on to say: Skinny suits are key to looking the part on match day and I'm always keeping up to date with fashion as you need to stay on the pulse. Tweed is making a big comeback at the moment and I will be rocking it this weekend. One key bit of advice from me is that looking after your appearance is vital and a haircut at least once a month is a must to looking sharp'.'
Tweed suits and stylish coats are all well and good – but guys – what about a fedora? Or a really sweet shirt with a dragon on?
Apparently, if you see a player or fan looking like a Footy-Boots.com staffer, or there’s a kit that your eyes take exception to, just send your thoughts in to @BlueSq with the hashtag #bluesqfashion to get the conversation started ahead of the weekend – and be sure to name and shame those fashion nightmares or best dressed during this weekend's action by simply tweeting us a message or a picture of the offending culprit for Blue Square Bet rewards.