Words by Mr. Sam Leonard

Winter is often the best time of year for when it comes to footwear fashion. The cold and the rain lend themselves well to stylish boots while heavy suits and coats look exceptional with a pair of brogues or oxfords. It can be a bit more difficult to show off some style during the summer season when it comes to shoes but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to make a statement. These are some of the must-have shoes for any man worth his salt to be wearing this summer.

Sandals

They’re an obvious choice for the summer, but sandals and slides have never been more in style for guys. One of the biggest trends for this season has been wearing socks with sandals, something we never thought would be in vogue. It seems as though every style of sandal from slides to gladiator-style straps are in, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a shoe more suitable for the summer months.

Slip-On Shoes

We’ve mentioned before about the necessity of slip-on shoes for any stylish man, but it bears repeating. As we enter the warm weather months, the cool convenience of a nice slip-on is a blessing. Also, there are so many styles and materials available for slip-on’s that there are plenty of options to try out for summer. From espadrilles to sneakers, it seems as though you can’t go wrong with a good pair of slippers, so don’t miss out one of this season’s biggest trends.

Suede

Whether it’s a pair of boots, loafers, or even sandals, there is one material that is definitely a must have for 2016 and that’s suede. Suede is officially one of the hottest materials of the season, according to this article, and regardless of the style, all that matters is that it’s in suede. We’re personally partial to the classic suede desert boot or even a sharp pair of loafers or dress shoes to kill two birds with one stone.

Skate Shoes

These understated low-top sneakers are all the rage and the more old school the style, the better. As the legendary shoe manufacturer Vans begins to celebrate its 50th anniversary, they are a host of limited-edition offerings from new high-tops like the Sk8 Hi to the classic checkerboard slip-on. There’s also plenty of other designers offering their own takes on the old-school skate shoe and we found plenty of inspiration from this collection’s variety of trainers from designers such as Er Souliers De Skate, in addition to classic labels like Vans.

Chukkas

Chukkas, more commonly known as desert boots, are a must-have for any man’s wardrobe. The versatile dress boot has been a style staple since 2015 and considering the way it effortlessly adds some extra class to either a suit or a pair of jeans, it’s not hard to see why. Hot weather can often make it difficult to comfortably wear a pair of boots, which is why desert boots and chukkas are so essential. As the name suggests, these shoes were specifically designed for desert wear and they hold up well in the heat without warming up your feet too much.