Picking the wrong pair of shoes is the easiest way to ruin a good outfit so when it comes time to start putting together your summer outfits, don’t neglect them. The good thing about men’s summer shoes is that a lot of them are fine to wear during the winter, which is good news if you like getting the most out of your clothes. There are all sorts of great styles to choose from, each suited to different outfits and styles. Here is a quick rundown of some of the best summer shoes for men and how best to wear them.
Boat shoes are a timeless classic in men’s footwear and they’re a great staple that every man should own at least one pair of. Obviously, they were originally designed for wearing while sailing but in the years since, they’ve become an iconic fashion choice for men that offer a good level of comfort as well. Boat shoes are best for an outfit that has a preppy look but you can match them with most things because they come in a good range of colours. When you first get a new pair, they can be a bit rough on your feet until you break them in. An easy solution is to soak them in water for a while and wear them for a while until they dry. That should soften them up and make them more comfortable which is important because you should really be wearing them without any socks on.
Sandals get a bit of a bad rep sometimes and they aren’t often considered the most fashionable shoe, but if you wear men’s sandals right, they can look great. Sandals are perfect for summer because they’re cool and comfortable but you need to be careful about which styles you buy and how you match them with outfits. The 3 main styles you should go for are Birkenstock, Woodland or Sperry. Birkenstocks are the most stylish but Woodland offer more support if you’re out and about. Sperry sandals are a typical surfer’s sandal so they’re perfect for those days on the beach. Sandals match easily with casual beach wear like a decent pair of trunks and a tank top. If you’re going for a formal look, you can get away with sandals and a suit if you match a navy suit with a pair of good quality brown leather sandals.
When you’re picking shoes for the summer, you want something lightweight and cool; plimsolls are perfect for those situations. They’re a slightly more laid back summer shoe but if you wear a black or dark navy pair, they can still be quite smart. You can get good quality Converse plimsolls in a range of colours and they go great with denim shorts, jeans or chinos. They’re too casual to match with a full suit but you can get away with wearing plimsolls with a pair of chinos and a blazer for a smart-casual outfit.
Always take care when you’re matching shoes with your summer outfits and remember to think about comfort as well as style.