When we think of men’s summer shoes we start to think of sandals and comfortable trainers that our feet like to breathe in, but I’m here to tell you that you can have alternatives whilst still being stylish and summer ready.
Sandal and trainer lovers alike will revel in the fact that they get to wear their favourite shoes in the summer (even if it is just for a fleeting second before Britain’s rainy summer goes into full effect), but, I’m here to tell you that you can have a summer footwear wardrobe that’s a little different.
Best Brogues for Men
Wearing a more formal pair of men’s shoes in the summer may not be a thought that has entered your head. But, you can wear a nice pair of formal shoes in the heat of the summer, it’s getting the rest of your outfit right that’s key.
Try wearing a brown pair of brogues with a pair of chino shorts in a great summery colour such as navy or beige/stone, which will tie in nicely with your shoes. Teamed with a plain white T-shirt and a pair of tortoiseshell shades for that perfect summer look.
If you’re going for a more formal look then try teaming a pair of black brogues with a lighter coloured suit, such as grey. This lightens up the outfit keeping you cooler and the black shoes give it that formal look that you’re after. If you want to keep the brown shoes then swap the grey suit for a lighter navy number as this is the best colour for brown shoes. Keep them looking pristine with a little shoe wax every now and then
Summer Loafers for Men
Loafers are a shoe that you’d associate more with summer than anything, and, they have to be one of my favourite men’s styles of shoe that I own. They’re such a versatile piece to own as they can be worn casually or with a more formal look, perfect for summer as a transitional piece.
For a dressed down version try wearing a brown pair of the men’s loafers with a lighter pair of chinos in navy or beige so that they work with the shoes. Teamed with a plain white button down shirt or tee for that casual feel which is what summer is all about. If you decide on wearing the shirt then roll up the sleeves to your elbow – guaranteed to keep you cool and stylish in the summer heat.
For a dressed up look team a black pair with a pair of slim fitted trousers and a crisp button down shit or T-shirt. Don’t dismiss a jumper, as we all know, it can get chilly in the evenings during the summer months and a thinner jumper would be spot on to keep you warm. Also, try and wear no socks with your shoes, as this keeps it stylish and a bit cooler during the summertime.
Summer Trainers for Men
A pair of men’s trainers will be the go-to shoe for most of you as you’ll want something airy and comfortable when you’re walking around. The thing with comfortable shoes is that they’re always associated with being somewhat hideous, but I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to be. A trend that we’re seeing at the moment is wearing trainers with suits and more formal outfits, and no season would be better for this than summer.
The classic white trainer shouldn’t be underestimated. Its ability to be worn with a multitude of looks, styles and colours make it the most valuable ad versatile piece you could own. For a great summery look, take your white trainers and team them with a pair of shorts and a shirt or T-shirt for the ultimate in casual dressing.
Best Boat Shoes for Men
These are probably the most classic pair of shoes that you will own during the summer. Forget the connotations of the preppy kids wearing them and start thinking of a more stylish way of interpreting them to suit your own style. Boat shoes were a massive trend a few years ago and we are starting to see them come back, as they say, the classics never die.
This pair of boat shoes from Timberland in brown are spot on. They have a thicker sole adding a little extra detail and height and they are made in a classic shape giving them a timeless feel. Try wearing them with a pair of black or raw slim leg jeans and a plain white tee for a comfortable and casual look this summer. You never know when the next boat party will be so it’s always best to be prepared.
Don’t dismiss the flip flop this summer, they can be a useful piece to have, especially if you’re looking for a shoe that you can slip on with absolute ease. Many of you out there will be quick to shut down the thought of wearing a pair of flip flops this summer but remember, if you’re at the beach, you don’t want a thick, heavy pair of shoes weighing you down as you trudge through the sand.
The great thing about flip flops is that you can pretty much wear them with anything and they’ll go. So take a pair of flip flips and team them with a neutral coloured pair of shorts and a simple white vest top to keep yourself light and airy whilst you’re out and about.
The Best Men’s Summer Shoes
- Brogues – Great for adding the element of formality.
- Loafers – Perfect for both formal and casual occasions and the best shoes to wear without socks.
- Trainers – The perfect summer shoe for men as they let your feet breathe and are the perfect casual piece to have.
- Boat Shoes – For a nautical touch then boat shoes are a great way forward. Casual and have the ability to work with both shorts and chinos.
- Flip Flops – Definitely a more airy and cooler option to wear, flip flops will let your feet breathe in the hot weather.
On That Note
Summer shoes can work all year round, you just have to change what you’re wearing up top to make the difference. Trainers work all year round and our street style photographer captured some cracking looks at LCM. Teaming trainers with a more formal outfit such as trousers and a shirt works both for winter and for summer. So when the warmer weather does eventually hit us we can be prepared.
The classic boat shoe is timeless and will work well for you this summer. Forget the stigma of the preppy kids wearing them and style them out in your own way. For an edgier look try wearing a pair of boat shoes with a pair of black skinny jeans and a plain white tee, perfect for summer. If you’re after a more formal look then team a pair of brown loafers with some navy shorts and a white shirt, keeping you cool and stylish no matter what the weather.