We’re in the middle of summer and that means you’d be wise to step up your shoe game before the season is over. From sandals to sneakers, there are plenty of options when it comes to footwear fashions for men to round out the hotter months and start the fall. These are a few of our picks for what you need to be wearing as we enter the dog days of summer.
There’s no question about it now: sandals are officially big-time summer style. As a result, it’s completely appropriate to bust out your feet at places other than the beach. Footwear News made a list that points out that both strappy sandals and slides are high style, but we’re not talking about getting a pair of Tevas. Go for luxurious materials—think fine leather or even printed ponyhair—for an effortless look that will keep you on top of the trend. Just don’t take them to the pool.
Luxe Low Tops
What began with the peak of popularity thanks to the ubiquitous Adidas Stan Smiths last year has continued into summer 2016 with some serious designers creating their own looks for the low top. The stylish sneakers seen on Lyst offer some great ideas, and they’re being created by brands ranging from Puma and Reebok to big names such as Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen. They’re all providing killer designs for the perfect summer sneaker, and one popular trend is the use of neutral colors with materials like leather and suede. They create a more sophisticated summer style.
Looking Good With Statement Loafers
It’s hard to beat a good pair of loafers when it comes to a simple summer style. Loafers are the perfect dress shoe for the season because they can pair with pretty much anything. Whether it’s a pair of shorts, jeans, or even a suit, all you have to do is slip on your loafers and you’re good to go. This summer, try making a statement with this shoe by boasting some studs, sequins, or a splash of color to make your feet stand out even more. Another added benefit of a great-looking pair of summer loafers is that they’ll totally last you multiple seasons, making them a staple of your wardrobe when fall rolls around.
Amazing Athletic & Designer Collabs
If there’s one big shoe trend we can get behind, it’s the collaborations between prominent designers and the leaders in sportswear. Esquire’s list of the coolest sneakers of the year makes note of some of the highest profile collaborations. They include the partnerships between Nike and Acronym in addition to Adidas and legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. The ever-popular Air Jordans continue to be the apex of high-top haute couture, but the brand’s partnership with Just Don might have taken things to a whole new level. And if skater style is your thing, then you’d be hard pressed to beat the team-up between Vans and iconic skate brand Supreme. Either way, when it comes to high tops, two brands are better than one.