How to wear summer shoes

deck shoes

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.


Loafers aren’t solely a summer shoe, but the sunnier months are when this classic slip on shoe style truly shines. They’re great for occasions when you want to pack a smart-casual punch, and look great teamed with linen, or cotton chinos in colours from beige to bold, bright red.

Alternatively, wear shorter trousers or a turned up hem, for a more laid-back look, and opt for trainer socks to let your ankles breathe.

Driving Shoes

driving shoes

Going for a drive? We have just the thing
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Driving shoes offer a flexible fit with a grippy sole which is perfect for the car, but also works well as a summer slip-on.

As the guys at Fashion Beans put it: “On first glance, the driving shoe may seem like the poor cousin of the boat shoe, but they’re actually the richer cousin of the moccasin.”

They’re a great shoe for dressing up or down, and can be worn with chinos or jeans, but would look equally good with a smart pair of shorts. Just remember to ditch the socks, or go for trainer sock before you bare your calves.

Boat or deck shoes

deck shoe

Looking great on any deck
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Deck shoes make the perfect choice for anyone enjoying the summer on or near the water. An evening event at the yacht club might see you pair your deck shoes with a blazer and a striped shirt. But deck shoes are highly versatile and you’ll often see them far from the sea.

The gents at Menswear Style love the nautical look: “If you like to have a bit more fun with the tailoring side of things [deck shoes] work well with shorts, cargo pants and jeans.”

Deck shoes also make great sports attire – for watching not playing. Wear yours with a rugby or polo shirt, accessorised with a gin and tonic or a glass of fizz.

Suede shoes

suede shoes

Don’t let anybody step on these beauties
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Lightweight and breathable, we think suede shoes should be your go-to smart-casual footwear this summer. Suede Oxfords, Derbys, or brogues look fabulous – and don’t forget that old military inspired classic, the desert boot.

With so many beautiful colours to choose from, leave black, brown and tan for the office, and experiment with brighter hues which are guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd.

One word of warning: You must treat your suede shoes with a water repellant and brush regularly to keep stains at bay.


fishermans sandal

What’s the cardinal rule?
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Sandals have been around for millennia, and continue to be the epitome of modern seaside or poolside style.

Go for an open toe for something breathable and casual to wear at barbecues or to the beach; a closed toe model looks smarter matched with chinos or turned-up jeans. Never wear socks with sandals.

Gracie at Men Style Fashion reminds us that with an open style of shoe, the feet are as important as the footwear: “Go for a pedicure, it is a perfect to start your summer. Make sure you look after your feet, there is nothing worse seeing cracked heels and long toe nails.”

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