Put away those heavy workwear boots and kick off the fluffy slippers. Summer is right around the corner, and with the promise of normality resuming (or at least a version of it), we're gearing up to step out in style – quite literally – sporting warm weather-ready footwear that's as stylish as it is seasonally-appropriate. Whether you're looking for shoes for everyday wear or more formal affairs, you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of the best summer shoes for men and where to buy them. You'll find everything from crisp white trainers to elegant loafers – no flip flops in sight.
A well-made pair of men's leather sandals is a summer essential, thanks to the perfect balance they strike between comfort and style. Versatile and easy to wear, they're the ultimate holiday shoe and will take you effortlessly from beach to bar.
Leather sandals straddle the space between smart and casual, so wear them to a barbecue or low-key dinner with lightweight chinos and a breezy linen button-down shirt or shorts and a Cuban collar shirt.
Royal RepubliQ's Collision Gladiator Sandals are sturdy yet sophisticated, with a look that calls to mind the classic Teddy Boy aesthetic. They boast a thin foam insole with calf lining for extra comfort and a lightweight but chunky rubber outsole.
Espadrilles are a great substitute for leather sandals, offering the same smart-casual appeal with the added bonus of being easy to slip on and off. The combination of canvas or suede upper with a jute and rubber sole lends them a sense of relaxed elegance, which is exactly what you want from a pair of summer shoes.
Channel Riviera sophistication and team your espadrilles with comfortable linen trousers, a half-buttoned linen shirt and retro-inspired sunglasses.
Velasca's Inguriatt Espadrilles epitomise the Milanese brand's commitment to craftsmanship. They're sewn according to the age-old method that made Espadrilles famous the world over: a natural jute layer is stitched together with rubber before the suede upper of the shoe is hand-stitched to the sole with the traditional Ojal stitching method.
White sneakers are a year-round footwear staple, but they really come into their own in the summer months. Minimalist in looks and ultra-practical, they're the perfect all-occasion shoes. Look for a pair with a minimal branding and a clean, classic silhouette to ensure you get as much wear out of them as possible.
The beauty of white sneakers is their inherent versatility. Team a leather pair with tailored trousers and a smart blazer for a casual twist on formal style or find a trusty pair of canvas high tops to wear as part of a low-key workwear-inspired ensemble of selvedge jeans and worker jacket.
For a pair of classic white sneakers that you'll reach for time and again, ETQ has you sorted. The Amsterdam-based brand's LT 01 Vegea is a vegan version of its classic low-top style. It's made from an innovative plant-based leather that feels and looks just like premium calf leather, but with a much lower ecological footprint.
If you can't quite shake your boot obsession, even in the summer months, at least opt for something more lightweight and breathable than your usual chunky winter boots. Desert boots – also known as chukka boots – are an ideal choice. Lightweight yet sturdy, they're ultra-versatile and will serve you well for just about any occasion.
Desert boots are an all-round winner in our eyes, perfect for teaming with anything from a casual suit to jeans and a jumper. Comfortable yet smart, they're the perfect shoe to pack if you need to travel light on a weekend getaway or work trip.
The Clifford Desert Boots from renowned London-based menswear label Drake's are as classic as they come. Made in Italy, they're unlined with a sturdy crepe sole and suede upper. Choose from a range of neutral hues that will suit any outfit.
Flip flops had their moment in the sun (quite literally) but now, we wouldn't be caught dead in them. Boasting the same level of comfort but with a newfound sense of elegance, slides have replaced flip flops as the go-to summer shoes for men. They're easily packable, making them ideal for carrying with you on your summer travels.
Wear slides as you would flip flops – to the beach or pool. They'll look great with laidback resortwear like tailored swim shorts and a polo shirt.
Drawing inspiration from the swimming hot spots of Marseille, French footwear label Zespà has given the humble slide a luxurious twist, with the combination of full grain nubuck and nappa calfskin leathers. The waxed nubuck is water repellent, so they'll withstand any splashes, while the premium quality foam and EVA sole offer ultimate comfort.
There are better things to do in summer than faff around with laces, which is why a pair of slip-on trainers will revolutionise your summer footwear collection. They're comfortable, lightweight and versatile – all the things you'd expect from the best summer shoes.
Thanks to their casual nature, slip-on sneakers are perfect for everyday wear – whether you're meeting friends at the pub, hitting a barbecue or exploring a new city. Wear them without socks, teamed with chino trousers or shorts and a T-shirt with your favourite overshirt thrown over the top.
Uniform Standard's Series 2 slip-on sneakers get our vote thanks to their understated aesthetic and meticulous construction. Crafted in line with Uniform Standard's strict sustainability standards, they're handcrafted in Portugal from fine Italian suede and built on a recycled cupsole, with leather lining and a recycled moulded footbed to provide support and comfort.
You can never go wrong with a well-made pair of suede derbies, particularly in the drier months, when the suede is less likely to be damaged by rain or snow. The derby's open lacing details means less restriction and better ease-of-movement, so they're ideal for the dancefloor.
Derbies are super versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Wear them with a linen suit and crisp shirt to a summer wedding, or give them a more casual edge by teaming them with lightweight chinos and a denim shirt.
Iconic workwear shoe label KLEMAN is most famous for its bestselling Padror style, which has remained unchanged since the '90s, when it was introduced to fit SNCF (the French national railway company) agents. Manufactured exclusively in the brand's factory in Anjou, France, its renowned for for its robustness and resilience. The combination of boxy moc toe and chunky sole certainly isn't for everyone, but there's a reason it has endured for so long as a workwear classic.
They may have been around for the best part of a century, but penny loafers are more relevant today than they’ve ever been. If you’re after a classic, versatile shoe that’s equally smart enough for business meetings and evening soirées, look no further.
Penny loafers were first popularised by Ivy League college students, who adopted the shoe as their de facto style and gave birth to its preppy reputation. Today, penny loafers maintain an air of preppiness but can be incorporated into a range of looks. Versatile and effortless, they’ll finish off tailoring or a layered weekend look with ease.
Swedish footwear label Myrqvist never fails to impress with its sophisticated dress shoes. Its Stenhammer loafers tick all our boxes: they're handcrafted in Portugal and boast Goodyear welted construction, as well as beuatiful calf leather from British tannery Charles F. Stead. The thin half rubber sole is lightweight yet durable, perfect for the summer months.
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