Okay, moving past the whole controversy of weather or not shorts are appropriate for men over 40 (because you already know how I feel about it). The question then becomes, what are some good shoe options to pair up when wearing shorts? So, today I want to show you my top three go-to and favorite shoe styles to wear with shorts.
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Okay, the reason you’re here, what shoes to wear with shorts. Right off the top, obviously, shorts are super casual. So we’re not wearing lace-up oxford dress shoes at all. Maybe at best you could wear a double monk strap, but I’d say that’s pretty rare so I’m not even gonna go there. I’m starting off with sneakers.
Personally, my favorite color sneakers to wear are white, blue and black. I tend to gravitate towards leather sneakers with white soles. Because to me, I think they just look clean and sophisticated. I’m not necessarily a fan of the triple black, because they can look a little heavy especially with shorts in my opinion. Also, if you like anything you see here, I’ll do my best to some leave links to everything down at the bottom of this post. If I can’t find exact matches, I’ll try to find something close.
My ‘Go-To’ Sneakers
My go-to white sneakers are from Lacoste and Greats. I’ve had the Greats for a few years now and they’re holding up really well. No issues whatsoever. The Lacoste sneakers are about a year old and they’re a little more streamlined and low-profile, but they both work really well with shorts. You just can’t go wrong with a nice pair of clean, minimal all white sneakers in the summer. I think they might even be MORE at home with shorts than they are with jeans.
Either way, like I mentioned, it’s really hard to get this wrong. If you’re not sure about the all white sneaker but you’re considering getting a pair, maybe hit up a place like Nordstrom Rack for a pair in canvas. They’re a little harder to keep clean, but the lower price point will be a lot easier on your wallet. And if you find that you really don’t like them, you’re not out a big investment. But, I think, once you start wearing them around a bit, you’ll like ‘em.
I probably wear white the most, but blue comes in a close second. These are my go-to options. Once again, we have a pair from Lacoste, a pair from Cole Haan and also a pair from Ace Marks. They’re all very comfortable and go great with shorts in the summer time.
Next up we have the driving moccasin. I recently made an entire post all about the driving moc. This might be the perfect shoe to wear with shorts because they’re lightweight, flexible, breathable and they come in a lot of different colors and styles. Like I mentioned in that other post, this is the only pair I own, but I really do need to go take a look at a pair in a different color. This is the shoe you slip on instead of your flop-flops.
Now, the key with all of the shoes I’m showing, is to either go sockless, or my personal choice, go with no-show socks. It’s a much cleaner look especially when wearing shorts. Because if you think about it, the only place you really want a sock is INSIDE your shoe. There’s no need to have visible sock material around your ankle, in my opinion. So. if you’re still wearing white ankle socks, you should consider ditching ‘em for no-show socks.
Next up, and actually not last because I want to throw in a bonus shoe after this, so stick around for that. But next up is the loafer. These beauties are from Jay Butler. This is the most dressy I’d probably go and you do have lots of options here in terms of materials and colors. I would avoid black though because it’s just way too formal. But something in a medium brown or navy would always look great. Now, because this is a more dressy choice, a t-shirt wouldn’t look right. Go for a classic Polo shirt or a nice button down.
Okay, the bonus shoe I wanted to throw in here is the classic boat shoe. I don’t own a pair, but I wanted to include them because they are so popular. They seem to come in and out of style every few years, but they’re always relevant and it’s hard to argue the versatility and the fact that they do look pretty good with shorts. There’s a lot of hybrid, modified designs floating around out there, but I would encourage that if you are going with a boat shoe, you stick with the tried and true, classic boat shoe design.
THE SHOES MENTIONED IN THIS POST:
White Greats Sneakers: https://go.magik.ly/ml/lnh6/
White Lacoste Sneakers (similar): https://go.magik.ly/ml/y7xs/
Blue Lacoste Sneakers (similar): https://amzn.to/3eExwqL
Blue Cole Haan Sneakers: https://amzn.to/2VmigY4
Blue Ace Marks Sneakers: https://bit.ly/2BJpYo8
Driving Moccasin: https://go.magik.ly/ml/wvf1/
Jay Butler Loafers: http://bit.ly/2K2yNKR
No-Show Socks – https://amzn.to/2BJ4QOH
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