Summer isn’t just an excuse for a bronze tan; it calls for a more open interpretation of clothing. Our go-to summer shoes are just that; relaxed but still super stylish. We have rounded up the top men’s summer shoes every man needs to own in his wardrobe this festive season.
The loafer is one of the best shoe styles every man should own; it reads dressy but still relaxed. It is the perfect summer shoe for smart-casual and dressy occasions, where you don’t want to wear something that will leave your feet sweaty. Opt for lighter colours for day events and darker shades for evening attire.
2. Boat Shoe
Forget the fresh mints, boat shoes are every fisherman’s friend for nautically inspired days out. Typically made of rubber and leather, boat shoes have excellent durability. You will also be happy on warmer days when you are out battling the natural elements in your summer day get-ups. Perfect for business and smart casual events, boat shoes are relaxed and easy-going. They pair wonderfully with chinos, jeans and shorts.
3. White Leather Sneaker
Talk about a revival. This old 80’s and 90’s favourite has sneaked back into mainstream popularity, popping up in street style across the globe. Yes, white leather sneakers are big news, but the trickiest part about donning these summer shoes is that you will need to make them look more modern. We recommend minimalist styles, with matching white laces and thicker soles. White leather sneakers are the perfect accompaniment to light wash denim pieces. Keep in mind they can be dressed up for nights out, but you want to ensure your venue doesn’t require formal footwear.
At the intersection of comfort and style, the Espadrille is the ultimate relaxed shoe. Despite being preferred for casual occasions, they are worth the investment, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about an Espadrille splurge. The key to finding the perfect espadrille is to find a pair (or multiple pairs for that matter) in the right shade. It is all about versatility, keep things conservative with a rusty navy pair or go earthy with muted khaki. Sandy beige, diluted black or dove grey are also worthy colours of choices. The espadrille is the perfect companion to a great pair of jeans, a well-fitting pair of chinos and, more obviously, a pair of shorts. Cuff your trousers and wear them with ease.
5. Leather Sandal
If you’ve always taken some style inspiration from the Ancient Romans, then this next summer shoe is worth a try. Get your gladiator on with the leather sandal, which has made numerous cameos on street style stars braving this Coliseum-worthy trend. Our tip is to work with straightforward styles. A few straps will do the job well and will ensure that you don’t look dated or like you have just come from a history convention at your local Museum. Leather sandals are also great for comfort, allowing your feet to breathe. Dark brown or black are favourable, and will also enable a lot of versatility with other typical clothing materials and colours in summer.
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