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Men of Style 20 December 2023

Step into Summer with these 5 Footwear Styles

Put your best foot forward with these shoes that ooze summer cool.

Summer's here, and it's time to elevate your footwear game! From breezy slides to stylish loafers and versatile sneakers, explore the season's trendiest men's shoes that blend coolness, comfort, functionality, and undeniable summer flair.

Words By Erin Visagie


Every man needs a pair of cool sneakers to upgrade their summer-style game. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, sneakers offer versatility and comfort for warmer season activities. Whether hiking, exploring the nightlife or attending casual gatherings, the right pair of sneakers effortlessly elevates any outfit. Sneakers can go with any fit in the warmer seasons, whether it’s a snazzy suit, a t-shirt or a shorts combo.

One great pick is the Adidas Samba OG. There is no doubt that the Samba is a timeless street-style icon. It’s the perfect closet staple, featuring a soft leather upper, suede overlays, and gum sole. It can easily be dressed up or down, and they provide instant street cred.

Another game-changing summer shoe is the reimagined Clean 90 from Axel Arigato. The sneaker makes a fashion statement, blending comfort and sophistication. With suave suede details adorning the heel, this leather shoe is the height of cool. A classic element of these kicks is the almond toe and lace-up front and how they are understated but cool.

Browse more sneaker picks below.

New Balance 2002R Gore-Tex Suede and Mesh Trainers, $292, Matches Fashion


Slides are an excellent option if you enjoy spending time at the beach and by the pool during your summer vacation.

Their effortless slip-on design makes them a go-to option for navigating scorching temperatures with unparalleled comfort. Slides are perfect for everyday summer activities, whether heading to the beach or hosting a casual gathering.

Slides are lightweight and often have cushioned soles to facilitate comfort without compromising style. For the modern man’s summer wardrobe, slides are a must-have staple that combines practicality and trendiness.

Enjoy absolute comfort with the Jordan Super Play Slides! You’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds in these high-end slides with their textured, contoured footbed and foam soles alongside a hook-and-loop strap for the perfect fit.

Looking for another comfy pair of slides? Well, comfort is at your fingertips with Saint Morta’s Meteor Quilted Slides. The slides feature a cushioned, quilted footbed and bold Saint Morta branding, making these slides ultra-comfortable and trendy.

Discover more of our top slide picks below.

adidas Adilette 22, was $90 now $62.95, Culture Kings


The loafer is a classic shoe worn casually or formally and effortlessly incorporates retro sports style, traditional tailoring, and urban culture elements. Wear them with a proper blazer, trousers, shorts, or nice chinos. They can quickly smarten up your outfit with surprising pizzazz.

A classic loafer like the Weejuns Heritage Larson Leather Penny loafers is a stylish choice that’s super comfortable, has a sturdy frame for all weather, and is made with traditional techniques to achieve a classic yet edgy look (with the contrasting stitching) that can also be paired with more formal attire.

There’s nothing better than a good deal on a good leather shoe. For an understated yet affordable pair of loafers, try the brown Double Oak Mills loafers to satisfy any loafer aesthetic requirement and your wallet. This low-profile, brown leather pair is easy to throw on and can be dressed up or down for whatever occasion you have in mind. Easy as that.

Browse more excellent summer loafer choices below.

G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns Heritage Larson Leather Penny Loafers, £192.16, Mr Porter

Derby Shoes

A pair of Derby shoes is the perfect summer shoe because they have an open-lacing design that allows your feet to breathe easily while looking sharp. You can rock ’em casually with shorts or dress ’em up for a fancy soiree or wedding. The Derby shoe can also be worn with different parts of your wardrobe. Pair them with nice pants, a white long-sleeved shirt, a solid leather belt, and no-show socks for a great formal look.

Try the Bugatti Morino I leather Derby shoes for a comfortable formal shoe. A lace-up shoe such as this is the perfect accompaniment to a business suit or an event because of its comfort, quality materials and classic, simple design.

Looking for a shoe for both smart and casual occasions alike? The Brunello Cucinelli Derby shoes are Italian-made and crafted from supple suede with cotton laces. They’re timeless and offer a clean look for any fancy event, such as a wedding, a fancy dinner or any occasion that needs a little dressing up.

Discover more of Monde’s top derby shoe picks below.

Dr. Martens 1461 3-Eye Lace-up Shoes, $280, Farfetch


Espadrilles are a summer staple for stylish gents. These canvas wonders combine breezy comfort with sophisticated style. Espadrilles add a touch of Mediterranean flair to any outfit, whether going on a sunny escapade or strolling through the city. These lightweight shoes keep your feet cool while exuding effortless coolness. Wear them with shorts, chinos, or casual suits for a relaxed yet dapper look. For beach bonfires and rooftop parties, these shoes are perfect.

If you’re looking for a fancier pair of espadrilles, go for the Mulo Suede Espadrilles. This pair is crafted from tactile suede with cushioned footbeds, elasticated inserts, and a clean-cut design, perfect for everyday wear and dressier occasions.

The Aquila Panama Espadrilles are a must-have style for the warmer months. These lace-up casual shoes are a great alternative to loafers, sneakers and sandals for any casual to smart casual event on your summer calendar. Whether you’re out for a weekend by the beach or just catching up on a Sunday afternoon over coffee, this style lets your feet breathe.

Discover more picks below.

Maison Margiela Replica Canvas Espadrille Sneakers, was $800 now $560, Farfetch