The Best Summer Shoes for Men:
How to Make a Style Comeback
Tuesday Bote - April 14, 2021
When we covered casual summer shoes for men last year, little did we know that those OOTD suggestions were still going to be on the back burner for a whole year. That’s why we love this funny GQ letter to the editor from a guy from the suburbs - he said he wanted to make a stylish comeback post-pandemic. It’s safe to say that this guy isn’t alone in feeling this way. Now’s the time to have some fun with your wardrobe, as we strive to thrive in the (continuing) new normal. Summer is the perfect time to break out of a style rut.
Why Celebrity Stylists Love Men’s Shoes for Summer
A celebrity stylist to A-List Hollywood stars says she loves stylish men’s casual summer footwear for the following reasons:
- They don’t only make you look cool - summer shoes cool you down!
Summer offers a welcome break from boots and socks, both of which are uncomfortable on a sunny day. Some lightweight shoes have more breathable materials, or even offer antibacterial lining so you don’t sweat in your shoes in summer. Nice.
- They make it easier to mix and match with lighter clothes for warmer months.
There’s no better way to try out the latest menswear fashion trends than with the best summer men's footwear because they’re designed with more festive colors and materials.
- Resort-savvy shoes are seasonally appropriate.
(Might we add, without making you look too touristy.) Flip-flops and crocs aren’t exactly summer wedding fare.
Top Men's Summer Shoe Styles: Classic and New Staples That Look Good With Any Clothing Trend
A common feature of men’s casual shoes in the summer season is that these babies are easy to slip on, and they let you go (virtually) sock-free. Here are styles that you can consider adding to your closet:
These are traditional men’s summer shoe styles that have been around for decades and are popular with resort towns all over. Most come in conservative designs with quality leather, so they’re also great for business casual settings.
- Boat shoes go great with shorts and chinos, plus collared polos or short-sleeved Cuban shirts
- Espadrilles look good with cuffed jeans (but not dark-colored ones)
- Suede drivers offer that suave penny loafer style that can be paired with light suits. We recommend using unlaced ones with a good silhouette.
These more modern styles offer fashionable options for everyday errands:
- Slip-on sneakers are a good alternative to wearing sandals so you still look put together while stumbling around the pool.
Low top lace-ups like distressed sneakers for men update your summer footwear and give your whole look a lot more attitude.
How to Choose the Best Men's Summer Footwear That Puts the Zing In Your OOTDs
If you want to dress better (or at least differently, by trying fashion trends), then start with your shoes! A dope casual shoe can inspire you to try clothes outside your comfort zone. Here’s what makes a great summer shoe that lets you be more creative with your fashion choices:
2. Offers More Styling Options
3. Can Also Double as Smart Casual
It is possible to look on-trend without looking out of place (or worse, trying too hard). The trick is to find looks that suit you and make you feel a little more confident when you’re in front of the mirror.
For summer, here are some simple ways to spice up your casualwear arsenal:
Play with Color
You can have a flashy top or bottom but don’t overdo it by pairing both at the same time. One clothing piece needs to be toned down so there’s a sense of balance that's not too overwhelming to the eyes. You could also flex pastel colored sneakers instead.
Try Some Bold Prints
Be More Adventurous With Looser Silhouettes
Bonus Tip: Accessorize to Mesmerize
Putting on casual jewelry or men’s accessories puts another memorable twist on your everyday summer uniform. Pick out a statement piece - stylish men’s bracelets or necklaces that can make any casual outfit exude effortless swagger.
By updating your wardrobe with some fun statement pieces, and wearing them with the best casual men’s summer shoes - you don’t have to quarantine fun or your fashion sense ever again.