1. Beach ready
Born in the Pyrenees and over 7 centuries ago, espadrilles are still knocking about today. Although they were originally worn by peasant, the modern versions are donned by one and all. Their lightweight canvas uppers and simple slip-on design makes them a fine choice for wearing on the beach.
Bertie Feist Check Espadrilles
2. All aboard
Over the years boat shoes have shifted into the fashion domain and have become a summer staple that can be worn on the beach or in town. To ensure you get both functionality and style you should opt for a pair of Sebago’s Docksides in blue. Constructed with hard-wearing leather uppers and slip-resistant, non-marking soles, so you’ll be covered if you do want to take a boat trip.
Sebago Dockside Leather Boat Shoes, Chalk Blue
3. Colour pop
To complement Polo Ralph Lauren clothing, we decided that this season we would add the brand’s shoes into the mix. And, of course, they do not disappoint. Like their polo shirts, these plimsolls come in an eye-catching shade of blue that fits the summer season’s bright trend. They look good with shorts, chinos and linen trousers.
Polo Ralph Lauren Vaughn Faded Plimsolls, Blue
4. Open design
A lot of men would never wear a pair of sandals. Flip flops, yes, but never sandals. You might be the same, but I’d like to propose you to try it. To make it less of a daunting step, I’ll keep it simple and suggest you go for a pair of Birkenstocks. They’re chunky, understated and extremely comfortable.
Birkenstock Arizona Birko Flor Sandals, Black
They have the classic flip-flop design with a refined leather strap and slim sole.
KG by Kurt Geiger Fuse Leather Flip Flops, Black
6. Soft shades
Most of our summer is, unfortunately, not spent on the beach but rather working in the office where the dress code calls for smart leather lace-ups. Choose a lighter shade of leather or suede to fit the warmer weather. The leather uppers and soles will help to regulate the temperature of your feet to prevent them from overheating.
Clarks Derby Euston Leather Derby Shoes, Tobacco
7. Two tone
Brogues were originally design to protect gentlemen’s feet from the harsh wind and rain. Now, they’re mainly designed to make a powerful fashion statement. Visually very impressive, these ones from Barbour have waxed cotton panels to make them lighter - perfect for the summer.
Barbour Westoe Leather and Wax Brogue Shoes, Brown
8. Flexible design
With lightweight suede uppers and flexible rubber soles, moccasins are a great choice. And when you add Geox’s technology into the design, then you get a set of shoes that allows your feet to breathe through specially perforated soles. Not bad for when you’re stuck on a hot train or in a sweltering traffic jam.
Geox Monet Suede Moccasins, Coffee
9. Sand shield
Created by Nathan Clark in the 1940s, desert boots are built with unlined suede uppers to ensure hot feet stay cool, dry and comfortable. This design also means you can wear them with or without socks. Wear under your shorts, jeans, chinos or trousers.
John Lewis Gobi Suede Desert Boots, Tan
10. The classics
Keep it traditional when sorting out your footwear for the upcoming weddings of your family and friends. Unless you’re wearing a brown or cream-coloured suit, it’s best to choose a classic black pair of Oxfords. Built with durable leather uppers and soles, they fit any season.
John Lewis Henley Calf Leather Oxford Shoes, Black