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The Best Summer Shoes for Men

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Words by JOSEPH BOBOWICZ

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?

Best Summer Shoes for Men

The Espadrilles

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.

Best Summer Shoes for Men

The Sneakers

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.

Best Summer Shoes for Men

The Sandals

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.

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