Alright, first things first. Today’s post is sponsored by Lethato Shoes. If you saw the other video I made about them a few months ago, you know why I’m a huge fan. So more on them in a minute, but stick around because I think you’ll like what’s coming up. Okay, the first shoe on my list is a casual sneaker. But, the key here is paying attention to the silhouette. Let me explain.
Because we’re talking about summer time, you want your shoes to have a smaller profile and be less bulky because chances are, you’ll be wearing these with shorts. And big, bulky shoes with shorts isn’t really a good look in my opinion, so look for sleek designs that don’t add too much bulk at your foot. This way you can wear them with jeans, chinos and even shorts. Now, because I live in the US in Southern California and the overall vibe here is pretty casual, I wear shorts a lot and sneakers are pretty much my go-to option in the summer.
Classic Boat Shoe
Next, we have the classic boat shoe. Now, I do realize that you can either take it or leave it when it comes to the boat shoe, and personally, I’m on the fence, but here’s a few things to consider…. The boat shoe is a definite classic and is still 100% relevant for our age demographic. Another thing to consider is the boat shoe is making a comeback with the younger guys and I’m seeing ‘em a lot more these days than in years past. I don’t know if it’s the whole resurgence of the 90’s trend that’s happening, but either way, I’m seeing them a lot more right now.
You can find boat shoes in leather or canvas, and in several different colors. They look best when you go sockless or with no-show socks, especially if you’re wearing shorts. These do give off sort of a preppy vibe, but I don’t mind that at all because I’ve always kinda liked preppy stuff. My personal favorite style features the white sole because that looks more casual.
Now, if you want to dress it up a little bit for date night, or for a summer wedding,…. (Now that weddings are starting to open back up again), you’ll want something nicer that meets the dress code, while also remaining cool and seasonally appropriate. In this case, the loafer would be the perfect option. I see Derby’s and Oxfords at weddings all the time, but the better option in my opinion for a summer wedding is a nice loafer.
The loafer is still a dressy shoe, but it’s also more airy and more casual than your typical, and predictable, lace up dress shoe. These are from Lethato. They make premium quality, handcrafted and hand patina finished shoes at affordable prices. The whole idea behind the brand started over a conversation about women having so many choices in footwear, while men really don’t.
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The next shoe that’s great for summer is a suede driving moc. I’ve been a fan of the driver for years because they’re so darn comfortable and flexible. These look great with chino’s, jeans, and even shorts. I might even consider these an elevated version of the boat shoe that we talked about earlier. I kinda like the non-laced versions a little better because they just look a little cleaner. They come in just about any color imaginable which is great, because bolder colors are more acceptable in the summer time.
Drivers are usually gonna have a toe that curls up slightly, and a narrow sole with lugs or small nubbies that extend up the back of the heel to help reduce wear to the suede. You can get these in leather or some other materials, but for the summer, I’d recommend suede. It’s a much lighter fabric, and once again, they look best sockless, or with no-show socks. Remember, it’s summer time and you want a loose, relaxed, casual and airy feel with your wardrobe selection. So if you’re not a no-sock-guy, get some no-show loafer socks.
Okay, here’s where I need your opinion down in the comments, but first, if you made it this far, tap the like button to let me know, and to also help the YouTube algorithm show this video to more guys who might want to see it. Alright…. The shoe I’m not 100% sure about are…. Espadrilles. I get the whole casual breezy summer vibe with the rope sole, and to me they read fairly preppy… but I’m just not sure about ‘em. They kinda have a feminine vibe… but look, I wanna hear from you on this, so let me know your thoughts in the comments. Maybe I just need to get a cheap pair and start wearing ‘em around to see what all the fuss is about because when I see photos of other guys wearing ‘em… they don’t look half bad.
Next, we have the slip-on sneaker. These are becoming more and more interesting to me. Consider it the older, more mature brother to Vans. This is like the big brother who went off to college, got a job, but still wants to remain relevant and inspirational to his younger brother. I’m not even sure where that analogy came from, but you get my point. These are going to be a very casual shoe, but you can easily wear them with jeans, chinos or shorts.
You can get these in a few different materials. The leather ones look a little more elevated, and the canvas ones are going to be the most casual. And once again, it’s my opinion that these look best in the summer time with no-show socks.