Must Have Summer & Spring Shoes For Men

Updated on November 19, 2016

Low Top Sneakers

Sneakers are the most common type of shoe for men. Try to look for sneakers that are classic and simple. Any sneaker with more than 2 colours is a no-no, unless you are looking for a sport shoe. Low tops are great for a casual look such as college.

Look for good quality brands, durable sneakers are what you're after. These are the shoes you will be spending most of your week in. Vans, Chuck Taylors, Jack Purcells and Keds are the easiest to find, but less common brands like SeaVees, Spring Court, Superga, PF Flyers, Tretorn and Feiyue are worth hunting down if you want something more unique.

Desert Boots/Chukkas

Chukkas seem to look good in anything. More dressed-up than a sneaker, but not quite as proper as dress shoes. Which is why they are the go to shoes for anything in between. Not too pretentious, yet look sharp enough to impress the date. Beeswax leather and taupe or sand suede are the most versatile choices.

Price point seems to vary, but some great brands include: Kohls, Red Wing, Sperry, and Cole Haan, along with classics like the Clarks Desert Boots.


A great look best suited for spring/summer. Best worm with low cut pants or shorts. You can get more formal looking loathers with leather, but I think they work best in casual attire. Looks great without socks.

Rancourt and Oak Street make mid-range models, and shell cordovan Alden Leisure Handsewns are the holy grail. Types include full-strap, pinch-penny, beefroll, tassel and venetian loafers.

Boat Shoes

On the same boat as loafers. Can be worm on the same occasion as loafers, also look great without socks. I remember a mate telling me boat shoes will never be fashion back in 2011, and look how far we've come! Hate to say I told you so Aaron!

Wear Sperry Top-sider A/Os in Sahara without socks and you'll be set for the day. If you want to go higher-end, Sperry has done some designer collaborations (Band of Outsiders, recently) and shoemakers like Alden, Allen Edmonds, Quoddy and Russell Moccasin all make boat shoes.


Fashionable alternative to flip-flops/sandals. Incredibly casual and perfect to the warm summer beaches. For those summer days when you don't feel like wearing boat shoes.

Some notable brands include: Toms, Soludos, RopeySoles, Drilleys.

Oxfords & Derbies

No matter what season of the year it is, you'll probably need some more traditional shoes for formal events. You can't go wrong with a pair of brown/black leather oxfords or derbies. Try to stay clear from some of the more lighter colours unless you know what you are doing. Avoid square toes, and any cheap, shiny leather.

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        Benjamin G 3 years ago from Australia

        Great article. My favourites are comfortable boat shoes, but in winter I like to switch to Chelsea Boots.