- 15 Best Summer Shoes for Men 2020
- 14 of the Most Breathable Sneakers for Summer 2020
- The summer footwear guide
- Ankle boots
- Light trainers
- Boat shoes
- Words: Nadia Balame-Price
- 10 Best Summer Sneakers for Women in 2020 That Go With Everything
- 14 Best Summer Shoes – Summer Sneakers All Men Should Own 2020
15 Best Summer Shoes for Men 2020
The summer season calls for a new lineup of stylish shoes. Whether you’re wearing shorts or sporting the cuffed pants, your footwear becomes the MVP of your daily outfits. Hitting the beach this weekend? You’ll need a good pair of sandals or flip-flops (and probably a pedicure, too).
Running around town from meeting-to-meeting in the summer sun? A pair of white sneakers with a minimalist design keeps your 9-to-5 look fresh and provides extra comfort. But no matter where you’re heading for the season, breathable shoes are essential to beat the heat with cool style.
So, where does a guy even begin to overhaul his footwear arsenal? We have you covered with the 15 best summer shoes to kick off the warm weather season.
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Nike Vapor Street PEG Sneakers
Nike’s new Pegasus-inspired street shoe combines stellar Nike React technology with a futuristic look made for conquering your busy day with effortless style and superior comfort.
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Under Armour Curry 6 Basketball Sneakers
One of the newest releases from the Golden State Warriors player and Under Armour is sure to become your go-to sneaker for the season in a cool navy and neon color combo with a snug, breathable upper, and exceptional UA HOVR cushioning.
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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low-Top Sneaker
When it comes to choosing a casual summer shoe with timeless appeal, classic Chucks are a no-brainer. The affordable canvas kicks only get better with wear over time for a lived-in look made from all your adventures this season.
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G.H. Bass & Co. Larson Easy Suede Weejuns Shoes
Suede Weejuns add a rich textural touch to any outfit you’ll wear this season. Throw on a white T-shirt, cuff the ankle of your slim-fit jeans, slide on these classic loafers, and bam, you’ve achieved effortlessly cool summer style.
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Sperry Authentic Original BIONIC Boat Shoes
Boat shoes have never been more stylish with elevated design tweaks and eco-friendly fabric made of recycled plastic bottle, this patchwork BIONIC style from Sperry.
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Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Oxford Shoes
There’s no need to suffer in uncomfortable 9-to-5 footwear when you can score this breathable and comfortable Zerogrand Wingtip Oxford shoe for sleek summer style.
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Soludos x Lucy Mail Negroni & Shaker Espadrilles
From beach to bar, these boozy espadrilles are a smart alternative to basic, boring flip-flops.
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Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On Shoes
Slide on some stripes to add interest to your solid-colored shirt and shorts look, without overwhelming the eyes.
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Birkenstocks EVA Arizona Sandals
Birkenstocks are no longer just for “granola guys”. These lightweight sandals have an all-black polished look with the comfort of an EVA sole that appeals to any man.
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Adidas AlphaBounce Slide Sandals
Sport slides with AlphaBounce technology provide great arch support and flexibility, from the sand to the sidewalk.
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Havaianas Shark Photoprint Flip-Flops
Upgrade your go-to flip-flops this summer with a cool graphic option for killer style. Plus, sharks are just plain cool.
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Nike LeBron x JE Icon Sneakers
The ultimate trio of cool streetwear style created the most lustworthy sneaker for summer that even non-sneakerheads can appreciate.
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Greats Royale Knit Sneakers
Who would ever guess that these minimalist sneakers were made with eco-friendly yarn? In an effort to protect our oceans and bring an end to single-use plastics pollution, each pair of Greats Royale Knit sneakers incorporates 7 recycled plastic bottles.
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Adidas AM4 GOT Sneakers
Winter came and went, but this summer, Game of Thrones stans can represent Westeros with Adidas’ supportive, lightweight sneakers with responsive Boost midsoles.
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Tecovas The Dean Boots
Channeling that yeehaw spirit this summer? These slim-cut, zip-up calfskin leather cowboy boots give you a low-profile option to sport some western wear, without having to mess with bulkier alternatives that'll bunch up your jeans and leave your feet sweaty.
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- Summer Style Essentials
14 of the Most Breathable Sneakers for Summer 2020
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Summer, spring, fall, or winter—your feet take a beating every day, no matter the season—often creating a swampy, sweaty environment in your shoes. It’s a gross feeling you know all too well, especially when peeling your socks off after an intense workouts. This type of mistreatment also creates a breeding ground for bacteria, fungal skin infections, and funky odors. That’s nasty.
Having a pair of moisture-wicking socks is one way of keeping your feet cooled, but a pair of breathable sneakers is an even better solution to enjoy sweat-free results.
The market’s top shoemakers have developed new footwear technology, from breathable knit fabrics to perforated uppers, each designed to let air pass through for ventilated relief.
Classic canvas sneakers are also employing modern designs to provide better circulation and wearability.
If you’re worried about compromising style for support, catch your breath because we’ve collected some of the hottest and most coveted breathable sneakers for men of all active lifestyles.
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1 Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Sneakers
Nike has mastered the science of sweat-free sneakers with its game-changing Flyknit technology, a thread construction built for lightness, fit, and breathability. The Zoom Fly Flyknit brings all of those virtues to the table and comes available in 13 attractive colors, which you can mix-n-match with your casual or workout gear.
2 Allbirds Men's Tree Runners
Available in 13 bold colorways, these lightweight trainers offer supreme comfort and cushioning to relax your feet. Allbirds’ mesh knit textile helps to wick away moisture, creating a cooling effect that your toes will feel thankful for when commuting through busy streets.
3 Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 Sneakers
Elite running shoes are Asics’ specialty, with the latest iteration in the Quantum 360 series making a strong case for your next marathon shoe. Several of the brand’s fitness technologies are present, each engineered to elevate on-foot performance, from multi-lateral movement to reduced impact. The knitted mesh exterior also ensures your feet stay cool during 5K runs.
4 Cole Haan ZERØGRAND All-Day Sneakers
What Nike’s Flyknit technology has done for sneakers, Cole Haan’s Stitchlite technology has done for dressy footwear. The popular men’s fashion house has incorporated its patented knit fabric into a sharp-looking pair of cross-trainers, giving gym rats more bounce and swagger when hitting the weights. You can’t go wrong matching the Marine Blue/British Tan option with dark denim.
5 Merrell Trail Glove 5 Sneakers
For motion and stabilization, Merrell’s trail-running shoe is engineered to provide runners with a wider range of movement, and it reduces sweat and foot odor. Go hiking or maneuver through the rugged terrain without soaking your socks.
6 Adidas Ultra Boost x Game Of Thrones Sneakers
Winter may be over, but adidas wants to keep your sneaker game on chill with one of its dopest one-offs yet. These GoT-inspired kicks are modelled after several characters from the blockbuster HBO show, available in six different colors with branded soles and unique phrases on the heel tabs. Best of all, they uphold the airy and responsive feel of the standard Ultra Boost.
7 Kenneth Cole New York Initial Slip-On
An attractive mix of dressy and sporty, Kenneth Cole’s lace-less sneakers deliver the all-day comfort of a walking sandal, while maintaining the deluxe appearance of a designer shoe. Perforated suede relieves feet of excessive sweat, and the company’s Techni-Cole gel cushioning will only encourage you to increase your daily Fitbit step goals.
8 Common Projects Achilles Low Sneaker
Men looking to transition from Stan Smiths to something cozier and more lavish can add these to their shopping cart. Common Projects pricey low-tops are a statement piece to flaunt your wealth—priced at over $400—pairing nicely with any summer suit or short-sleeved getups sitting in your closet.
9 New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr v2 Hypoknit Sneakers
Best known for its stellar comfort and traction, New Balance’s updated runner packages high-performance features into a plush, stylish design. Its bootie construction gives sprinters a custom glove- fit, with the brand’s innovative Fresh Foam midsole reducing pressure and preventing wet feet.
10 Sperry H2O Maritime Bungee Sneaker
A boat shoe disguised as a sneaker, the H2O Maritime Bungee is a sweet alternative for guys who hate sporting sandals and want to cover their feet in style oceanside. Quick-dry mesh fabric and Hydro Grip traction work to keep your feet dry and stabilized when walking across slippery yacht decks.
11 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneaker
BUY IT HEREIf you’ve never owned a pair of Chucks in your lifetime, now is as good a time as any. Converse’s timeless silhouette is the epitome of chill, with a lightweight, breathable fabric construction that helps to reduce unwanted moisture when laced up.
12 APL TechLoom Breeze Running Sneakers
Sometimes, it’s all in the name. The TechLoom Breeze lives up to its moniker by providing runners the comfort and coolness they desire when dashing through the terrain. Many will find that Athletic Propulsion Labs’ soft, seamless-mesh panel is clutch for ventilating feet in the hottest conditions.
13 Rivieras Classic 20 Slip On Sneakers
A hybrid sneaker with the stylings of a designer shoe, Rivieras offers up a sleek slip-on that works with most smart-casual summer outfits. Its blend of perforated grey mesh with matching stitched sidewalls, white soles, and polished gold-tone logo pins speaks to ivy league playboys.
14 Porsche Design x Puma Hybrid EvoKnit Sneakers
BUY IT HEREPuma’s motorsport-inspired high-tops boast a minimalist design and feature the stylish detailing of upscale luxury goods chain, Porsche Design. With a fully-knitted upper, breathable inserts, and PD branding across the caging system, it remains an underrated addition to any Hypebeasts’ collection.
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The summer footwear guide
Men who live in truly hot climates, whose summers are long and guaranteed sunny, rather than just surprisingly so for the odd week, understand the importance of shoes built for warm weather.
To us, it can seem unimportant; if you’ve swapped the jeans for shorts, you feet can survive in the trainers you wore all winter.
But that ignores both the pleasure of ventilated feet, and the practicalities of how much they swell and sweat as they start to cook.
“Seasonality is a huge part of dressing well,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. This applies equally to what you put on your body and what shoes you slip into. “Footwear can make or break an outfit and that doesn’t change in the summer. With the right shoes, you can quickly ruin or perfect a look.”
The style that’s right depends on your outfit, but whatever you choose, they need to be breathable. “You want something light,” says Luke. “Lighter fabrics, lighter colours. Something that is relaxed, easy to slip on, less formal and more fun.”
One big footwear mistake is thinking that one pair of summer shoes will work anywhere, any time the sun’s out. But your sandals are not suitable at work, weddings, or a host of places in between.
in winter, you need to suit style to occasion. “Suede is the dream for anything more dressed up, it’s lighter and more relaxed than leather but looks great in warm weather,” says Luke.
Here’s five styles to add to your warm-weather inventory.
Photographed (clockwise from top): Teva Olive Green Sandals (£69); Birkenstock Beige ‘Arizona’ Sandals (£69); Pier One Light Brown Leather Mules (£23); River Island Brown Double Strap Sandals (£30); Paul Smith Navy Webbing Sandals (£110); Oliver Sweeney Dark Brown Leather Sandals (£119)
Why they work in summer: “The closest you can get to going barefoot while actually wearing shoes,” says Luke. “They’re cool, practical and a smart leather style can be really elegant.”
Key features: An open toe with straps that go over the foot, attaching the sole to the top. They can be leather, canvas, bright colours or neutrals.
How to wear them: “The easiest way is with shorts and a t-shirt or a short-sleeve shirt. For a twist on smart-casual, a slim suit with leather sandals and a t-shirt looks great.” Just please, not with socks.
Photographed (from l-r): MVP Dark Brown Suede Desert Boots (£55); Selected Homme Light Brown Suede Royce Boots (£55); Grenson Navy Marcus Boots (£220); Paul Smith Beige Suede Mott Boots (£275); Oliver Sweeney Dark Brown Fowey Leather Boots (£249); Clarks Originals Neutral Desert Boots (£95)
Why they work in summer: Desert boots were designed to be worn by soldiers in the desert, so were literally made for hot weather. Ideal when you want something smart, but still lightweight and breathable.
Key features: Either in leather or suede, the desert boot is ankle height and lightweight, with a slight heel and thick, sturdy sole.
How to wear them: “They look great with chinos or dark denim. The military history gives then a real heritage feel, so they’re perfect with something a chambray or check shirt. They’re a perfect smart-casual summer shoe.”
Photographed (clockwise from top): Stepney Workers Club Dellow Pink Canvas Sneakers (£59); Toms Beige Hi-Top Sneakers (£80); Spalwart Marathon Trail Blue and White Runners (£209); adidas Gazelle Trainers (£75); Converse Olive Green Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi-Tops (£69); Paul Smith Light Blue Knitted Runners (£150)
Why they work in summer: Trainers work year round, but summer’s inspired a glut of specific designs, from skate shoes to tennis sneakers.
Key features: The key summer update is the fabric – you want something breathable, mesh, suede or canvas. Then, tweak the colour. When the weather’s nice, white won’t stain. But it’s also a perfect time for bright shades yellow or even lavender.
How to wear them: “The ultimate in casual, they’ll work with anything from shorts and a t-shirt to chinos and a bright camp collar shirt. If you fancy the no-sock look, opt for an invisible sock instead.”
Photographed (from l-r): Sperry Topsider Dark Brown Boat Shoes (£89); Hammond & Co Pink Boat Shoes (£52); Sperry Topsider Navy Boat Shoes (£89); Red Herring Khaki Suede Boat Shoes (£36); GH Bass Light Blue Suede Boat Shoes (£110); Joules Tan Boat Shoes (£70)
Why they work in summer: “A nautical classic worn by sailors since the 1930s, they’re no longer reserved for anyone braving the high seas. Smart and preppy but not too formal.”
Key features: Typically canvas or leather with stitching around the shoe. They have a non-slip sole and are designed to get wet and dry out quickly – ideal for the deck of a boat, or a spot of paddling.
How to wear them: “They work best in preppy looks; think a pale sweatshirt with a solid coloured polo and tan chinos. Look to JFK for inspiration.”
Photographed (from l-r): Zign Beige Espadrilles (£30); Orlebar Brown Light Blue Sutton Espadrilles (£95); Oliver Sweeney Khaki Espadrilles (£99);Pier One Light Blue Espadrilles (£20); Joules Ahoy Navy Espadrilles (£59); YourTurn Red and White Stripe Espadrilles (£12)
Why they work in summer: They’re the lightest shoe you can have without resorting to a sandal, good enough for Salvador Dali and Miami Vice’s Sonny Crockett. Perfect if you want something cooling, but to keep your toes covered.
Key features: A rope or jute sole and canvas top. Colours and patterns will vary but if it’s not canvas, and it doesn’t have a woven sole, it’s not an espadrille.
How to wear them: “Always without socks. If you really can’t forgo the sock, make it invisible. It’s a relaxed shoe so looks great with wider fitting chinos or linen trousers.”
Words: Nadia Balame-Price
10 Best Summer Sneakers for Women in 2020 That Go With Everything
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Sandals, schmandals, there’s not just one summer shoe, ya know. Let’s talk summer sneakers. When your everyday flip flops just can’t compete with the best shoes for walking all day or running to catch narrow connecting flights on your way to paradise, you’ll need to diversify your warm weather footwear.
The beloved summer sneaker is more than a wardrobe staple, it’s the insurance your hardworking feet need to feel happy and supported at their puffiest, leaving you fully able to concentrate on enjoying the best part of the year, sans blisters.
These months are simply too precious to give any time to discomfort! From the best pair of white sneakers under $100 to reinvented twists on cult favorites, we’ve rounded up our top 10 kicks that will carry you from Memorial Day well into fall outfit planning before the changing of the leaves.
These curated go-to’s specifically transcend trends, meaning we’ve taken the worry wondering if any of these are “still in” after you pull the trigger (RIP The Dad Sneaker).
Who ever wants to feel buyer’s remorse from a sneaker? And if you still haven’t mastered the nuanced styling of sneakers and puff-sleeve dresses à la Copenhagen street style stars, don’t panic: These picks each blend well with basically everything you already have in your wardrobe, but are classic enough to experiment with unexpected pairings. Click through to get going on the easiest summer dressing of your life. You can thank us later!
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If you look up “summer sneaker” in the encyclopedia, there is a strong chance these Keds would be on the page. This shoe is ideal with denim shorts and a button-down knotted at the waist. Think Baby from Dirty Dancing–a strong look never dies!
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Kamspadrille Flatform Suede Sneaker
KENNETH COLE NEW YORK kennethcole.com
With all the casual beachy vibes of an espadrille, but with the practicality of a rubber sole, this chic suede pair will be your grab-and-go travel sneaker for the summer. These would be fabulous somewhere in Spain with a monochromatic linen look that says “I never spill red wine on myself” (wish that were true!).
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Citysole Court Sneaker
If fashion and functionality had a baby and it was a sneaker, it would be these Coach Citysoles. Designed from traditional basketball shoes, these kicks are as comfortable as they are stylish, with an unexpected color block pairing for the individuality you’re craving in a sneaker.
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Women's Slip On Black
Made from super soft bio-leather with aloe vera lined insoles, these Thousand Fell slip-ons claim to be the blister and sweat-free sneaker that sockless summer feet have been praying for. They’re also super sustainable without sacrificing style: a win on all fronts.
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Bagger Lace Up Sneakers
Good News shopbop.com
These retro rubber-toed plimsolls are a fabulously versatile option. They are as appropriate for city strolls as they are for a boardwalk bike ride, so you’ll get plenty of mileage these classic treads.
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NS1 Slip On Sneakers in Mixed Materials
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If you’re looking for a sneaker, but not looking to twin with your boyfriend, these Dolce & Gabbana monochrome lace and leather NS1’s are the super feminine sneakers that feel as thoughtfully designed as a pair of pumps. The white is a no-brainer, but the poppy red could be fabulous with a floral midi skirt and a tee for an al fresco brunch date.
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onitsuka tiger onitsukatiger.com
When basic canvas sneakers are just… too regular for you? No problem–Onitsuka Tiger iconic Delegation sneaker comes in a platform to make it more contemporary. Phew!
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These Daybreak Sneakers from Nike are an updated version of the sneakerhead cult-favorite Tailwind from 1979. This retro shape feels fresh in this soft pink that works just as well with a breezy white cotton maxi for day drinks in the city or with a classic gray sweatsuit to jump on a plane.
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This pastel green python is the neutral you never knew you needed (yes–animal print is a neutral, get on board). The double sole flatform also gives a bit of a boost for a legs-for-days look to pair with your go-to mini dress.
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Women's Gucci Tennis 1977 Sneakers
If you’ve always been a little more Richie Tennenbaum than Margo, these Gucci Tennis 1977 sneakers will be right up your alley. A nostalgic nod to old school tennis style, this pair is begging to be worn with a polo and a mini skirt, but can be just as cool with a ringer tee and straight-leg jeans.
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14 Best Summer Shoes – Summer Sneakers All Men Should Own 2020
Does hearing the words “man” and “sandals” in the same sentence make you squirm a little? If yes, you are not alone. However, when it gets hot outside, guess what, folks? Men still need something to wear on their feet.
And wearing socks all summer kind of sucks, but to be clear—it is necessary most of the time. However, there are a few exceptions, pool slides, loafers, and even some breathable runners.
Keep reading for our guide to the best men’s summer shoes, which (spoiler alert!) does not include any flip-flops.
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These are to be worn at the beach or by the pool only. But in those two locations, slides are the move (pls no flip-flops).
If you are a sandal guy, go for Birkenstocks. These are waterproof, so they're a sure bet around water.
If you want to fully embrace that laid-back spring vibe, go with a pair of sneakers worn by every California surfer and skater since the dawn of time (or since Vans first started making them).
Continental 80 Sneaker
These all-white Adidas Continental 80s are the ideal summer sneaker. Well-made, extremely comfy, and very fresh, if you’re into the retro look.
Chuck 70 High-Top Sneaker
High-top Chucks will never go style. Get a new pair to start the season fresh.
New Balance newbalance.com
Summer sneakers are very good, and they give you an especially welcome opportunity to branch out into the world of non-white neutrals.
Killshot 2 Sneaker
These are a favorite around the Esquire office (we write about them a lot, too— here, here, here, here, and again here). Have we mentioned we these? They’re classic, cool, and low tops are great for hotter days.
Breathable Allbirds help your feet stay cool all summer long. Plus, they’re machine washable and you can wear ‘em sockless. A must-have summer (and really, all-year-round) shoe.
Blazer Mid '77 Vintage
If you're a high-tops only kind of dude, Blazers are a great way to incorporate just a smidge of color into your look.
Pinch Grand Classic Tassel Loafer
Cole Haan nordstrom.com
Business casual but make it summer.
Original Brushed-Suede Boat Shoes
If you’re a boat shoe guy, this slightly chunkier, eye-catching pair from Sperry is the way to go.
Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
Common Projects mrporter.com
Summer style is all about paring down. And nothing is more pared down than minimalist leather kicks.
Gommino Driving Shoes
Look to Tod's if you're looking to invest in loafers. The brand's Gommino driving shoes have rubber dots on the sole—great for long drives, of course, but also extremely comfy casual wear.
Summer Walk Suede Loafers
Loro Piana mrporter.com
These suede loafers from Loro Piana can easily be dressed up or down. Great for vacation, weekends, or slipping on to run out to the store quickly.
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