Summer is here and from my perspective it is time to push the more formal shoes to the back of the closet and instead opt for more casual shoes – sneakers and slip-ons. The problem with sneakers and slip ons is that an increasing number of guys end up slipping into their Nike or Converse shoes. I personally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing my Nike Frees any where except in the gym. Converse are nice, but they are too commonplace. There are many more ways to liven things up and get creative with your summer footwear. My idea of a perfect summer shoe has to meet the following criterion:
- It has to be colorful and thus reflect the weather itself.
- It has to be made from natural/breathable materials.
- It should not cost a lot of money.
- It should be able to go from office to beach to the mall.
- It must be comfortable & doesn’t cause any problems to the foot.
- Of course, you need a pair. (LOL)
These are my picks that pair well with shorts, chinos and of course, the staple of modern life: a pair of denim.
1. Pointer’s Chester. It comes in six colors and my favorite is the one on burgundy. Pointer Footwear is a London-based company was started in 2004 and is well known for simple, minimalist and well made shoes. You can find these pretty much in every major city in the US and across the planet and will cost between $62-$90 a pair.
2. SeaVees’ Army Issue Sneaker. It is simple, it is basic and it just a throwback to a whole different time and place. I love this $88 pair. It reminds me of shoes I used to own when I was a boy. I prefer SeaVees over Converse any day.
3. Fred Perry’s Byron Mid Suede boot: As you might have guessed, I am not a fan of visual clutter and this shoe meets my minimalist standards. This can give you a more formal look if you so desire. However, I think if you live in San Francisco, the shoe gives you some protection against the late evening chill. This costs about $110 but I bet you can get it on discount.
My bonus picks is Alden’s unlined snuff suede loafer. I have owned a pair for nearly three years and essentially I wear it as a sneaker – without socks and pair it with my jeans and chinos. It is the best money I ever spent on a pari of shoes, for they look perfect into their fourth year. Have a great summer everyone!