As comfortable and casual a new pair of sneakers may be, they aren’t the end-all of this season’s fashionable choices. Each pair on this list has its own distinct style and is meant for many occasions. The more choices you have in your wardrobe, the easier it will be to pick out the perfect outfit. Whether you decide to order some of these online or have a physical store walk-in, these are more than affordable for a fit and comfy summer.
Call them alpargatas or espardenyes, these ridiculously comfortable and casual flats originated in Valencia, Spain. The majority of espadrilles are made of canvas or cotton fabrics with a very flexible sole. Without knowing the details, you’ll be able to tell how light and easy these shoes might feel at first glance. It’s a step above sandals, leaving the design of the show completely exposed. Just like its make, it’s simple and functional, no-fuss relaxation.
These go great with fitted shorts (hemlines that break above your knees), casual trousers, and even jeans. Don’t even think about suits, unless it’s seersucker or linen, while drinking cocktails in Havana.
Nothing says, “I have got to wear a smoking jacket with this,” like a pair of velvet loafers. The obvious is the design’s sophisticated approach. In fact, it’s like wearing a smoking blazer on your feet. And just like anything else in velvet, the best colours are in the darker shades. There’s a slight sheen to royal blue or burgundy, but there’s plenty of pomp in a traditional, all-black velvet loafers too. There is also the blazer-badge-like design embroidered on top of the loafers to consider. The embroidery can be absolutely exquisite. But don’t worry, these fine details aren’t only found in high-end labels from Europe. You can find a similar quality and make at brands like Noir.
As mentioned earlier, you have to choose when to actually wear these formal pair of shoes. Like the blazer, it’s best to keep these beautiful babies for those extra-special occasions or events. It’s best saved for eveningwear; you get the idea.
Driving shoes or car shoes wrapped in suede cannot be forgotten. It’s become a summer staple. Knowing they are suede, common sense says these aren’t boat shoes. In other words, don’t even think about wearing these if it’s a little wet outside. Avoid the rain, drizzle and even hints of sprinkling. Although, there are water repellent sprays out there and little drops of water aren’t going to ruin them completely, but you want to keep these as dry as possible, leaving no chance on compromising the quality.
Suede driving shoes are slightly more flexible than the velvet loafers. Apart from protecting it from a wet environment, these are perfect for a semi-formal occasion. From casual chinos to dressy jeans, these will fit in swimmingly. You’re also more than welcome to throw these on and take the tie off of your office suit for those after-hours hangouts. There are some with laces, some designed like penny loafers, and others in the traditional loafer design. You’ve got plenty to choose from; so don’t feel trapped under a single style of outfit.
Low tops are the rage nowadays, and the modern take of old school trainers are in the front lines of summer casual wear. Nike, Adidas, New Balance, what have you, they’ve all been in the game for quite some time. Within these brands, you’ll find this style of sneakers in a few choice materials, but the suede and mesh mix happens to be the most popular of them all.
Now, unless you’re Jerry Seinfeld, don’t think about wearing these with a suit. You can take these on the track, maybe the gym, definitely for casual outfits, but keep in mind these won’t be as versatile as other sneakers can be. The real attractive features to these sneakers are its homage to the retro heritage of sportswear. From its famous silhouette and old school colour schemes, these throwbacks will last you for quite some time.
Back at it again with the white Vans!
Thanks to those darn high school kids (Damn, Daniel!) and social media, Vans have made their way into the wardrobes of grown men yet again. Vans have never actually left the scene; they retained their core supporters and cult following. They’ve become yet another popular part of our nostalgic escapades, hoping to give the yesteryears a proper send-off.
While a fresh pair of white Vans, no matter the material, is under the sneakers category, it has been given a more sophisticated modern retouch. These can also play well with casual suiting. You can even opt for these in a dressed up polo and tailored trousers combo. The slide-your-foot in function of the shoes cannot be more relaxing. Well, unless we were all allowed to roam around in socks or go completely barefoot.