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Article: Men's Summer Shoes Guide

Men's Summer Shoes Guide

Men's Summer Shoes Guide

Written by KATERYNA LAKOMOVA

If you're reading this, you're probably searching for a comfy pair of summer shoes, because as the warm weather approaches, it's time to put away those boots and lined sneakers and start thinking about the best summer shoes for men. Your ideal footwear will depend on factors such as your local climate, lifestyle, and personal fashion sense. In this comprehensive summer shoes guide for men, we will delve into the definition of summer shoes, explore different types of summer footwear, discuss various materials and colors, and provide you with a wide array of options to choose from for this season. So, get ready to stride through summer in comfort and style with the perfect shoes!

What are Summer Shoes? 

The term "summer shoe" doesn't just refer to any footwear suitable for warm weather but rather to a distinct category of shoes that have been specifically crafted for wear during the hotter months. These shoes are designed with light materials, making them ideal for keeping your feet cool and comfortable. Originating in warm climates, they are tailored to offer both breathability and a relaxed, casual style. These shoes are perfect for casual outings, vacations, or trips to beaches, pools, and resorts where a more laid-back and comfortable aesthetic is desired.

How to Choose Summer Shoes 

When selecting comfortable summer shoes, consider three key points to help you find the perfect pair: breathability, water resistance, and styling.

Breathability 

The ideal shoes should allow air to circulate and prevent sweat from being trapped. Seek out shoes made from breathable fabrics with designs that promote airflow around the foot. Regarding sneakers, look for models with mesh inserts and built-in vents. For leather shoes such as loafers, steer clear of tight laces and high ankle coverage. While leather naturally manages moisture, opting for open-ankle or backless styles like mules or slippers will help maximize breathability for your feet.

Water Resistance 

Not all the shoes you own for summer need to be water-resistant. For formal and social occasions, you may have pairs that should be kept away from liquids, but it's good to have a couple of options that can handle water. Generally, it's crucial to keep leather and suede shoes as dry as possible. While most sneakers can tolerate some water, some are explicitly designed to withstand getting wet. However, if you plan to visit the beach or pool, sandals or flip-flops are your best choice.

Styling 

Certain types of shoes are better suited to be worn with either shorts or pants. To ensure your outfits look coordinated and stylish, it's important to match the right bottoms with your footwear. For instance, leather slip-on shoes such as loafers complement pants exceptionally well. On the other hand, sandals are more suited for pairing with shorts during the summer months.

Slip-on loafers NOMBELA

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Linen blazer JUSTINN

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Men's Summer Shoes Types

Before diving into selecting the perfect footwear for your summer ensemble, let's first explore the various trendy types that are currently making waves in the fashion world.

Flip-Flops 

Suns out, toes out! Flip-flops are the quintessential summer footwear choice. With their lightweight, flat soles and distinctive Y-shaped strap that comfortably rests between the toes, flip-flops embody a casual and carefree vibe. Perfect for leisurely strolls along the beach, lounging poolside, or enjoying laid-back summer days, these versatile pairs are a staple of warm-weather wardrobes.

Sandals 

Flip-flops may be the first choice for the beach, but if you want to elevate your style, leather sandals are the way to go. They provide the perfect balance of keeping you cool and giving you a put-together look. If you still need to add a pair to your collection, now is the ideal time to make the investment.

Espadrilles 

Sandals are a fantastic choice for effortlessly transitioning from the beach to the bar or vice versa, but they may not be the best option for everyone. If you're looking for an equally stylish alternative, consider espadrilles. These essential resortwear items exude Riviera sophistication and serve as an invaluable asset for elevating your summer vacation style. They'll help you stay cool, comfortable, and effortlessly chic throughout your holiday.

Boat Shoes 

Boat shoes, also known as deck shoes or topsiders, are typically crafted from durable canvas or leather and feature non-marking rubber soles designed to protect a boat's deck. These shoes are laced up and offered in various colors, with neutral tones being the most commonly chosen. Once considered a dad's shoe, topsiders have now evolved into a staple for individuals looking to achieve a polished and preppy style.

Derby

Derby shoes are a versatile and reliable choice throughout the year, but they are particularly well-suited for the dryer seasons. A must-have for the summer, they can effortlessly adapt to various dress codes, making them perfect for everything from office days and weddings to casual outdoor dining.

Loafers

Loafers are a popular type of slip-on shoe known for their comfortable and stylish design. Typically crafted from fine suede or leather, these shoes are thought to have originated from traditional moccasins. They are often characterized by a low or flat heel and may feature stylish embellishments such as a metal clasp or tassel on the top. While loafers are more formal than boat shoes, they still exude a relaxed and laid-back vibe, making them suitable for both daytime wear and casual evening events.

Fisherman sandals PESCA

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Patch-pocket jacket JACQUES

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Sneakers

When it comes to sneakers, there's a variety of materials to choose from, including leather, canvas, and knitted options.

A timeless pair of white canvas sneakers is essential for any summer casual wardrobe. They are versatile, and even a high-quality pair won't cost you a fortune. Additionally, they look better with some wear and tear, meaning you can enjoy the warm weather more without worrying about ruining your shoes.

However, it's hard to think of a more practical summer shoe than a lightweight, breathable, and incredibly comfortable knitted sneaker. Although this type of footwear technology has only recently become prevalent, it has already significantly impacted the world of men's summer footwear.

 

Best Materials for Summer Shoes 

Summer footwear is typically crafted from lightweight and breathable materials to keep feet cool while maintaining structural integrity and a stylish appearance. These materials may range from the traditional use of leather commonly found in classic footwear to more unconventional materials, like knit or canvas, often reserved for summer shoes for men.

Leather

  • Calf: Calf leather is crafted from the hides of young cattle and is celebrated for its exceptionally soft and supple texture, as well as its remarkable strength and resilience. Its thinness allows for excellent breathability without sacrificing durability and flexibility, making it a popular choice for summer footwear.
  • Suede: Suede is a type of leather fabric crafted from the underside of an animal's hide, known for its unique, fuzzy appearance. Because the underside of the skin is softer and more flexible, suede is exceptionally lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for warmer weather, especially during the summer. However, suede is not as durable as other types of leather and may not withstand rough wear as well. Additionally, suede is prone to water stains, which means it's perfect for dry, sunny summer days but requires caution around water.
  • Nubuck: Nubuck is a type of leather made from the top grain of the hide that has been buffed to give it a texture similar to suede. Unlike suede, nubuck is more durable and robust because it comes from the outer section of the animal's hide. It is slightly thicker and heavier than suede but still maintains breathability and a soft texture, making it suitable for summer shoes. Additionally, nubuck is known for its stain-resistant properties, making it a good choice for people looking for a long-lasting and easy-to-maintain shoe option.
  • Woven: The material used for making summer shoes can be strands of almost any type of leather woven together to form a surface that facilitates air circulation, allowing the feet to breathe. The open areas in the weave allow air to travel directly to the foot. While leather is commonly used for this classic style, strands of any fabric can be woven in a similar manner to achieve the same effect.

 

Cloth Fabrics 

  • Canvas: Canvas is a sturdy, plain-woven fabric typically crafted from materials such as hemp, cotton, or linen. Known for its resilience, canvas is an excellent choice for making durable shoes. Furthermore, canvas made from natural fibers is highly breathable, making it an ideal material for summer footwear.
  • Knit: The popularity of shoes with knitted uppers has surged since the early 2010s. Manufacturers favor these shoes because they can be produced with minimal waste, while consumers appreciate their enhanced flexibility and perceived comfort. Knit shoes with an open weave offer exceptional breathability, but to ensure longevity, many are constructed with synthetic materials. Consequently, it's important to consider the materials carefully when contemplating a knitted shoe.

Contrast panelled sneakers RUSH ONE LOW

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Drawstring linen shorts OTTO

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Best Colors for Summer Shoes

Summer is the perfect time to lighten up your color choices, just like you do with your summer clothing. Consider opting for white casual shoes, such as sneakers, as they have the benefit of reflecting heat. Lighter shades of brown can be an excellent choice for dress shoes or sandals, while even choosing grey can add brightness to your summer look. And don't hesitate to add a black pair to your summer wardrobe if you need a versatile color option.

Best Summer Shoes for Men

Now that we've covered all the significant points on the way to the perfect summer shoes for your summer closet, let's examine the particular shoe examples. 

Fisherman Sandals 

Fisherman sandals, like Hereu's Fisherman sandals Pesca, have stood the test of time as an ageless footwear choice. They have been a staple on holiday getaways for generations, enduring the evolution of travel. These sandals exude a rugged yet artisanal charm, boasting a classic appeal that has remained consistent over the years. Typically crafted from leather and adorned with sturdy buckles and metallic hardware, fisherman sandals may not be suitable for formal events. However, with proper styling, they can undoubtedly make a presentable appearance. Pair them with a button-down shirt and relaxed chinos or airy linen trousers for a stylish and comfortable ensemble. 

Slip-On Loafers 

The loafer trend, popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is making a big comeback today. There is a renewed interest in 70s-inspired styles and classic designs in general, primarily influenced by many celebrities. In the context of men's summer attire, it is recommended to opt for perforated or woven leather loafers, like Hereu's Slip-On Loafers Nombela. These styles are not only lightweight but also offer breathability and flexibility, making them ideal for pairing with formal outfits as well as with laid-back ensembles in the summer.

Printed Sneakers 

In the realm of men's summer footwear, sneakers stand out as one of the most adaptable styles. While they were initially intended solely for athletic pursuits, they have now become a popular choice for everyday wear, complementing everything from casual joggers to formal suits. When it comes to printed sneakers, there is a wealth of options, from monochrome to multicolored palettes, with prints adorning the body or sole of the shoe. Voile Blanche boasts an extensive collection of such sneakers, including the Logo-printed suede sneakers Club. This particular pair seamlessly blends contemporary design with a sleek silhouette, making it a versatile choice that effortlessly complements jeans, chinos, or shorts.

Suede contrast-detail sneakers MAGG

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Tapered linen trousers

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Minimalist Sneakers

The simple and understated sneaker has evolved to become a versatile choice for year-round wear and various occasions. This transformation is partly due to the shift towards more relaxed dress codes in workplaces and the influence of brands like Ghoud that have introduced a sophisticated and luxurious approach to sneaker design. To ensure that your sneaker can effortlessly transition from a professional setting to a casual outing, opting for a minimalist style that avoids prominent logos, excessive details, and an abundance of colors is essential. For a more polished and refined appearance, consider selecting sneakers with a sleek silhouette, such as the Contrast-panelled Rush low-tops.

Nubuck Sneakers 

Introducing the Rubber-Heel Nubuck Sneakers Liam Power – a stylish blend of premium materials, sophisticated finishes, and timeless design. These sneakers are the epitome of cool for the summer season, featuring a technical fabric upper with a coated effect, accented by sleek nubuck inserts and white profiles. Noteworthy are the three-dimensional rubber injections adorning the heel, a distinctive brand signature. Reliable and long-lasting, these Voile Blanche sneakers are the ideal choice for everyday wear. Plus, they offer ample heel and arch support, ensuring balanced and comfortable movement with every step.

Low-Top Sneakers 

Low-top sneakers, also known as "low-tops" or "lows," have gained popularity for their characteristic minimal design and exceptional support. These sneakers are crafted not to cover the ankle, which gives them a laid-back and casual vibe. They are highly versatile and stylish, making them an essential addition to any summer wardrobe. Voile Blanche's Low-top suede sneakers Fit Hairy are the perfect choice for a summer look. Constructed from breathable suede leather in a neutral brown color, these sneakers boast a simple yet sophisticated design. We love them for their ability to be effortlessly styled with shorts, jeans, and even relaxed suit trousers. Ideal for casual occasions, these low-top lace-up sneakers combine practicality with a fashionable aesthetic to enhance your summer attire.