The Best Summer Shoes for Men
When dressing for summer, build your outfit from the ground up. Why? Both a styling opportunity and practical necessity, summer shoes are the season’s non-negotiable. Unless you’re barefoot in the shallows, decked only in swim shorts, you’ll always need a pair – better yet, a few that cater to your plans. Espadrilles cover alfresco brunch on the terrace, while sandals or slides are a must for days on the beach. As for trips into town, white sneakers are sleek and effortless. Are you ready to step into summer?
From its humble beginnings as a workers’ shoe in Northern Spain, the jute-soled espadrille has risen to staple status as part of a man’s summer wardrobe. Notoriously worn by artist Salvador Dalí, who favoured comfort with flair for life in his native Catalonia, espadrilles keep feet ventilated yet protected from the elements – offering simple sophistication that’s perfect for summer tailoring. Zegna’s versatile designs will equally bring rustic charm to swimwear. For an elevated touch, look to embroidered details or statement logos à la Valentino Garavani.
Suede Raffia-Trim Gommino Loafers$370
Dolce & Gabbana
Canvas Embroidered Espadrilles$608Now $428
Suede Pantofola Espadrilles$625
Suede Pantofola Raffia Skate Sneakers$595
When the temperature rises, dress codes loosen. Eating out in town? Casual is cool. Once you secure a table, put your best foot forward in minimalist sneakers by the likes of Axel Arigato and Common Projects. Classic enough to work for any summer occasion. Zest is delivered via details – Loewe’s neon-charged Flow Runner sneakers, for example, set a joyous tone through unexpected flashes of colour.
That sandals signal summer is a given. But not all pairs work in the same scenarios. Manolo Blahnik’s woven slides, brimming with panache, feel at home when out exploring; meanwhile, Christian Louboutin flip flops speak to poolside lounging. Sturdy classics like the Birkenstock Arizona – designed to feel like sand under foot – are ready to hit the shoreline. And when ‘summer in the city’ is your brief, TOM FORD delivers via smart black leather.
Zigzag Print Chiltern Slides$523
Leather Brighton Sandals$886
Suede Arizona Sandals$95
Leather Slip-On Sandals$1,175
Greca Strap Slides$454Now $316
Graffiti Logo Slides$350
Resort Sponge Slides$454