What is summer if not the perfect excuse for a full-scale wardrobe revamp? The changing of the seasons brings with it a chance to refresh and renew. And while all aspects of your sartorial selection are important to consider, it’s your summer footwear rotation that lays the foundation for good dressing.
Summer and winter footwear are two entirely different beasts. Of course, there are a few shoes on your rack that can comfortably crossover from rain to shine. But, for the most part, warm-weather shoes are a separate entity.
To ensure you have all bases covered when the sun decides to make an appearance, we’ve rounded up the essential summer footwear styles. Here are the reasons why each one makes up a valuable part of your seasonal selection and a few handy tips on how to style them.
White Canvas Sneakers
A pair of classic white canvas sneakers serve as the backbone to your summer casual wardrobe. They’re simple, versatile and even a high-end pair won’t break the bank. They also have the added benefit of looking good with a bit of wear and tear – meaning you can spend more time enjoying the sun and less worrying about wrecking your footwear.
Check out brands like Converse, Novesta and Veja for some timeless options.
Sandals are great for making that smooth transition from beach to bar or vice versa, but they’re not for everyone. Luckily, there’s another equally stylish option on offer: espadrilles. These resortwear staples ooze Riviera sophistication and make for a valuable ally when it comes to tackling your summer vacation in style – keeping you cool, comfortable and looking breezy.
Espadrilles are best worn with shorts. Think tailored swim shorts for lounging around by the pool, or chino shorts for an evening spent sipping drinks on the Mediterranean coast.
It’s difficult to imagine a more practical summer shoe than a lightweight, breathable, ultra-comfy knitted sneaker. Go for one of the more muted designs on the market by the likes of Adidas, Nike, New Balance and Asics. Jeans tend not to be the most effective legwear for pairing with this type of shoe. Instead, stick to shorts, chinos and tailored sweats.
Suede Derby shoes are a failsafe option all year round. However, they are better suited to the drier half of the year, due simply to the fact that suede doesn’t fair well in the rain. A genuine summer essential, they can be easily dressed up or down to carry you through the entire spectrum of seasonal occasions, from work days and weddings through to alfresco dining.
Flip-flops are all well and good for the beach but they’re certainly not going to win you any style points. Being a smart casual style at heart, leather sandals look best team with pieces that share similar resortwear DNA – think khakis, chino shorts, polo shirts and short-sleeved button-ups. Try a brown leather pair with tailored swimming shorts and a towelling polo during the day, switching to cotton trousers and a floral print shirt in the evening for dinner and drinks on the marina.
Dressing for a summer wedding or a sweltering office is notoriously tricky, but the footwear aspect needn’t be when you’ve got a pair of penny loafers at your disposal. The perfect compromise between smart and comfortable, these modern must-owns are able to adapt to the formality of any occasion.