The snow banks are thawing out. We’re in the midst of April showers. But you can start to feel the sun on your skin, the air around you warming up, and, unfortunately, your feet start to sweat.
It’s OK. We’ve all been there. The good news is that it’s time to put away the chunky winter boots and fuzzy socks until next year.
It’s finally time to break out your summer shoes. The best summer shoes give your feet some air while maintaining an awesome style that embraces the warm weather.
That’s a big ask for a single pair of shoes, right? The good news is there are plenty of awesome summer shoes for men, women, and everyone in between. Keep reading for 7 of our favorite shoes for summer.
Flip flops aren’t “out” per se, but they’ve been effectively replaced by slides. What are slides? Slides are similar to flip flops in that you just slip your foot into the shoe, but they don’t have the straps that go in between your toes.
They have one band that goes across the top of your foot that allows your toes to peek out. That lets your foot breath and means you can ditch socks on the hottest days of the summer.
Check out these Gucci slides, for an example of what they look like.
Also, yes, you read that right. Luxury retailers make these shoes, which is great if you want to elevate your simple slides with a high-end brand name.
However, if you’re on a budget, don’t worry. Almost every retailer makes slides nowadays. These are the perfect casual summers shoe that you can slip on for a midnight Slurpee run, a day at the beach, or a picnic in the park.
They’re simple enough to go with any outfit, but stylish enough that you won’t look too casual. They’re also genderless, so everyone can enjoy the comfort of slides this summer.
2. Boat Shoes
Another summer staple for both men and women are boat shoes. These are obviously perfect if you’re going to be boating since they provide great traction on slippery surfaces.
But boat shoes have transcended their intended purpose. They’re stylish for those of us leaning towards “preppy” with our style.
Guys: pair them with chinos and a button up and a bright colored blazer for an out to dinner look. Or, match them with jean shorts, a flowy t-shirt, and a cap for a more casual look.
See more options for men’s boat shoes and see which will pair with your favorite outfits.
Girls: boat shoes look great with light wash jeans and tank tops. They’re also awesome with chino shorts and man-tailored button up shirts.
3. Birkenstock Sandals
Made for everyone from hipsters to preps, Birkenstock sandals are a summer classic. They have a number of styles ranging from daintier women’s shoes to more unisex styles like the double buckle strap sandals.
There are also some Birkenstocks made of lighter and waterproof material, which works well during the spring and summer months, especially if you frequent the beach!
4. Low Top Converse Sneakers
We’ve given quite a few sandal options, and no matter how much you might want to wear slides every day, it’s just not an option.
So let’s go over a few sneaker and boot options, shall we?
Converse are a staple all year round for those of any gender. They’re simple, comfortable, and go with any outfit imaginable. Lighter colors like white and yellow are awesome summer converse options.
But, summer’s also the time to experiment with bright colors. Don’t be afraid of the hot pink or orange options; they’ll look great, especially with 80s style coming back full force!
We recommend the low top option for summer because it’s “less” shoe and could prevent your feet from overheating. But the high top version is great as well and looks great with everything from skinny jeans to swim trunks to bikini bottoms!
5. Clarks Desert Boots
While mostly considered a men’s shoe, Clarks Desert boots could be worn by women, too! These chukka style boots are made from soft and light suede, making them perfect for the warmer season.
They’re also simple in design, which makes them versatile for pairing with outfits both casual and not-so-casual. They’re nice for a dinner out, date night, or even to throw on to make your shorts and t-shirt combo a bit more fashionable.
6. Doc Marten’s Sandals
This one might be a bit surprising. Aren’t Doc Martens those chunky, clunky combat boots that look like they should be worn by people in punk bands?
Well, yes. But, they also make an awesome gladiator/punk style sandals. These are made for both men and women; they’re also perfect for those who have an edgier and more “punk” style.
Because they’re black, they’re also pretty versatile. Perhaps you aren’t “punk” or have any sort of punk style. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t rock these! They add a cool factor to any outfit, even if you’re wearing simple shorts and a t-shirt.
If color is a must for you, they make some of these chunky sandals in pink, red, and white.
7. Slip-on Vans
Want a sneaker option that’s a bit more trendy? Vans are your best bet. These casual and fashionable sneakers are great for summer since they slip on and off.
They can also be customized to fit your style.
Going for a skater look? Try the checkerboard pattern.
Love the simple surfer look? Plain white or faded blue is going to complete your look.
Want to go bold? Try some brighter colors, Disney designs, and even tie-dye.
The Best Summer Shoes to Make This the Best Summer Ever
These 7 styles will complete your summer wardrobe. Whether you’re a prep or a hardcore skater, one of these options is going to be the best summer shoes for you.
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