Who says the ladies get to have all the fun when it comes to summer footwear? This season, the market is positively flooded with fantastic men’s options for every summer occasion as well, so forget about those heavy, out of season black boots for the time being. This year is all about stepping out in comfort and flair.
Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the summer options we’re most excited about when it comes to men’s footwear. We’ll give you some suggestions on what looks to pair with each option, as well. Which styles can you picture adding to your collection of fashionable summer essentials?
1. Boat Shoes
No summer wardrobe can be considered complete without at least one pair of shoes you can just slip on and go. That shoe for men this season is definitely the classic boat shoe, and with good reason. Boat shoes strike a wonderful balance between effortlessly casual and stylishly put together. Since they were originally designed to wear on boats, they’re practical fits for a variety of summer activities.
This summer, look for styles from big brands like Sperry that are well known for offering wearable, durable shoes. Pair them with slim denim and a plain tee for a classic weekend look that looks great on everyone.
2. Minimalist Sneakers
Can you really say you’re enjoying the summer properly until you’ve spent as much time as possible soaking up the rays and having a good time? There’s only one type of men’s shoe that’s always on point when it comes to the best summer pastimes—sneakers! Naturally, not just any sneaker will do, though.
This summer, “less is more” is the order of the day when it comes to athletic shoes. Think minimalist kicks in black, gray, or all white! Slip-on sneakers from top brands like Skechers are also all the rage this season—perfect for everything from an impromptu stroll after lunch to an afternoon on the tennis court or a trip to your favorite bistro.
If you’ve got a wife, a girlfriend, or a sister who’s seriously into fashion, you’re probably already aware that espadrilles are all the rage this summer. They are the ultimate casual shoe, especially if you’re spending the day anywhere near the beach or the boardwalk. However, they’re not just for the ladies.
This summer, espadrilles are a must-have for style-conscious men as well. Slip yours on with anything from shorts to jeans, to a dapper linen suit. Not only will you cut a stylish figure, but you’ll be wearing footwear that’s as comfortable as a slipper.
4. Next Level Flip-Flops
When it comes to summer activities like backyard barbecues and poolside get-togethers, flip-flops are practically part of the uniform, and this summer won’t be any exception. Don’t make the mistake of reaching for those worn-out flip-flops from last year, though. This summer is all about casual shoes that have substance.
Look for high-quality flip-flops and athletic sandals from brands like OluKai, Sperry, and Crocs—brands known for delivering high-quality shoes in a range of styles. You’ll get the same comfort and convenience you’ve come to love coupled with the support, durability, and solid reliability you’d expect from a quality active shoe.
5. Suede Bucks
Dressier events can pose something of a fashion challenge when they take place during the summer, especially when it comes to men’s footwear. The standard high-polish oxfords you might normally wear to a wedding or a graduation might seem too formal, especially if your event is taking place on the beach or at a more relaxed venue.
This summer, suede bucks are subbing in for brogues, wingtips, and other traditional dress shoes. Pick up a pair in a fashionable shade like dove, toast, or olive and wear them with a tailored cotton suit for a sharp look that’s perfect for summer. Suede bucks are fantastic for dressing up jeans, chinos, or khakis as well. Try it today!