Get set for summer by kicking off your heavy-duty winter boots and replacing them with a pair of trim slip-ons. With reinvented classics and a kaleidoscope of colours to pick from, you’ll be hard pressed not to replace all your shoes.
Shanna Schreuder, Copy Producer,
Menswear & Travel, May 2015
Refined, masculine and lightweight – loafers are the go-to smart shoe for the summer. Available in Clementine, Cobalt and Cherry, our classic penny loafers take colour-popping footwear to a whole new level.
Arresting reds are also making an appearance this season thanks to Geox's Snake moccasins and KG by Kurt Geiger's Morgan driving shoes. Naturally for those who prefer low-key hues, we also have loafers in understated greys and browns.
Probably the oldest form of footwear, espadrilles have been around for centuries. Originally worn by labourers and soldiers, these handcrafted slip-ons became truly fashionable when Yves Saint Laurent put his distinctive mark on a pair in the 1950s.
Still hugely popular, particularly in France and Spain, their light and breathable construction make them perfect for wearing when the temperature rises. Turn to Bertie and Dune to supply you with a contemporary version for wearing on the beach or in the hotel bar.
Moving from coast to city since they were first invented in 1935 by Paul A. Sperry, boat shoes are as much at home inland as they are at sea. Retaining their rugged good looks – battered leather uppers and contrasting rubber soles – these warm-weather favourites mainly appear in brown or blue.
Multicoloured options are also making an appearance, as Timberland and Bertie have divided the uppers into three bold sections. Let your feet retain the focus by coupling them with neutral pieces such as a crisp white shirt and navy shorts.
Definitely the kings of colours, trainers and plimsolls often come in a range of eye-catching shades; with some brands like Converse, Onitsuka Tiger and BOSS taking it a step further by having a large logo or bespoke all-over print adorning their latest designs.
When it's hot outside, canvas trainers are probably the preferred choice during the day, but when you're heading out in the evening you might want a smarter leather plimsoll to team with slim chinos or fine linen shorts.