How to wear summer shoes

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Time to give wellies the boot
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It’s time to put a bit of spring into your step with the best in summer shoes. This is your chance to ditch heavy black and brown leather for lightweight, open, breathable, colourful footwear that looks great at the beach, at backyard barbecues, or bobbing around on a boat. Here’s our guide to your summer – in shoes.
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Is one colour the best colour?

Pops of colour, contrasting shades and vibrant hues, all phrases often uttered in the world of menswear. But can anything be said for picking one colour?

Is it at best dull, at worst lazy? Or is it actually a stylish, versatile option for the modern gent?

We think the latter. So if you’re ready to commit to just one colour, read on.

Why wear one colour

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Which colour would you pick?

Wearing one colour is unfussy, clean and means you don’t have to worry about matching accessories. The style, not colour, of your clothes can do the talking.

Avoid sticking to one shade though, or you’ll risk looking like an overgrown teletubby. Not a good look. So to avoid blending into one shade entirely, make sure you pick a pair of contrasting shoes. Go for a markedly darker or lighter shade, to help break up your outfit.

If your aim is to look taller, however, opting for a similar shade of shoes would work in your favour. By wearing the same colour trousers, socks and shoes you’ll give the impression of elongated limbs.

Nice and bright

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He can play, but can he dress?
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He may have lost the Ballon d’Or, but did Lionel Messi win the style prize?

We vote yes, but where the all-in-red-look is concerned, there is no need to go more vivid than the Argentinian maestro. For a slightly more refined look go for deep velvet burgundy, it still makes a statement without being too bold. Vibrant blue is another great colour option for formal dos.

When summer finally rolls around, go for lighter colours. Linen is a great fabric for these shades, but a moleskin jacket works well too.

Nice and neutral

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Good music, and a good look
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Navy, black, grey and brown are all considered neutral, as they aren’t too bold and won’t offend.

Wearing all black looks super suave, but can also be intimidating – so wear with caution! Mix up the fabrics and textures to create a less daunting look.

Grey and navy work for both formal and casual occasions, and you don’t need to worry so much about varying the fabric up. Navy is perfect for the winter; a chunky coat with some navy chinos will look suitably stylish.

Is white alright


The “God” of white
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Of course white is alright, but is an all white ensemble a bit too casual? Well if you wear loose fitting cargo trousers with some cheap flip flops, then yes, but no stylish chap worth his salt would wear that combination.

Linen is a loose fitting fabric, but it’s perfect when the summer arrives. As long as you pay attention to other parts of your outfit, you’ll find it a summery, breezy and comfortable option. If you’re going all white and want a really casual shoe, then go for a leather sandal or deck shoe.

Featuring in a revenge filled drama on the Californian coast? No? Well then you’re unlikely to wear white in a formal setting, or for that matter, in the winter. But with a dash of black, to create the monochrome look, you have more options and added flexibility.

So if you fancy keeping things simple, then it can be a case of black and white. But for those that like a bolder outfit, take Messi’s lead and go bold, just be prepared for a few looks.