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What’s Trending: The Best Summer Shoes for Men

These are the must-have styles to kick off the season.

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Summer is approaching, which means it’s time to transition your style from the ground up. The season’s top shoe trends include slide sandals, boots (yes, boots), sneakers, and more. We rounded up 6 styles every guy will need and how to wear them in this complete guide to the best summer shoes for men.

1. Loafers

This versatile slip-on style is a blend of modern ease and classic sophistication.

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To Boot New York
Penny loafers in full-grain leather offer an updated take on the classic. Wear them with a lightweight knit top and chinos. (Skip the socks.)

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Magnanni
Sleek loafers pair well with a sport coat and trousers. Perk them up with patterned socks for occasions that have a less restrictive dress code.

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Florsheim
Minimalism and cushioning is a winning combination in a Venetian loafer. Go for a plaid jacket and floral necktie for some clever pattern play.

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2. Sneakers

They’re a must-have for a laid-back summer no matter how you’re enjoying it.

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Veja
Minimalist court-inspired styles are having a major moment this season. Achieve the quintessential summer look in a white pair teamed with black jeans.

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ASICS
Take it back with retro sneakers that originally dominated the track in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Keep the rest of your look modern with joggers and a cool bomber jacket.

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Calvin Klein
Strategic perforation can keep your feet cool and dry in the heat all summer. Match these up with a denim jacket and hooded sweatshirt for those cooler days.

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3. Sandals

They’re a must-have for a laid-back summer no matter how you’re enjoying it.

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Salvatore Ferragamo
Understated accents bring sophistication to a casual essential. Channel a beachy mood in a pair of airy linen shorts with a white shirt to match.

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adidas
Sporty slides help your feet recover after a tough workout. Choose a pair that features soft cushioning for ultimate relaxation. 

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Birkenstock
Waterproof sliders are a lifesaver when a sunny day turns to a downpour. Wear them with a printed T-shirt and breezy chino shorts.

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4. Canvas shoes

A no-brainer for humid days thanks to their breathability and minimalist construction.

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Polo Ralph Lauren
Espadrilles are an easy, smart choice for just about any occasion. You can’t go wrong wearing them with chino pants or skinny jeans.

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Sperry
Slip on boat shoes to channel a nautical aesthetic that’s always on trend in the summer. Just be sure to wear them sockless to get the look just right.

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SeaVees
Skate shoes transitioned from the park to the street simply because they’re so versatile. Channel vintage West Coast style when you team this pair with a graphic tee.

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5. Boots

Yes, you can still wear them in the summer—they’re perfect for refreshing your go-to outfits.

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Shoe the Bear
Chelsea boots are easy, not too heavy, and look good with any denim wash. Wear a suede version with a henley shirt and dark jeans for smart casual style.

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Toms
Chukka boots are comfortable and great for everyday mobility. Cuffed jeans in a dark wash would complement these well.

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Shoe the Bear
There’s something about a sophisticated boot that really pulls a look together. Lace these up with a gingham button-down and tapered jeans.

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6. Athletic shoes

If you’re fit-focused, having the right athletic shoes makes all the difference.

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Nike
Multidirectional lugged tread is key for more adventurous runs through mud and dirt. A hiking-inspired running shoe grants stability even on hills.

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adidas
City runners need lightweight shoes boasting responsive cushioning and flexibility. Bonus points if they feature a QR code that links to a running playlist like these.

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ON
Go from high-intensity training to running in a sneaker that’s as up to the challenge as you are. Look for a mix of knit and perforation for maximized breathability.

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Now that you know what shoes to wear this season, let’s get to your wardrobe. Take our style quiz to get started with a Trunk of summer outfits and essentials.