It’s never too early to start thinking about fresh new shoes for summer. In fact, looking toward lighter, brighter footwear can help propel you out of any cold-weather trudge you might otherwise find yourself in. Crafting the perfect warm-weather collection of footwear is also easier when you get started ahead of the season—stocking up on sandals and low-top sneakers now means you’ll be ready to hit the ground running (actually) come summer. From waterproof slides to espadrilles, here are the best shoes to get you through next summer in style.
These come with a qualifier: They are to be worn at the beach or by the pool only. But in those two locations, it’s hard to beat a good pair of sandals.
More acceptable than flops: Birkenstocks. These are waterproof, so they’re a sure bet around water.
Adilette Slide Sandalnordstrom.com
Adidas slides are, and always will be, a fantastic summer shoe.
One Star CC OX Suede Sneakersmrporter.com
White canvas sneakers are great, sure, but an off-white suede changes up the go-to look ever so slightly.
Alpha Bounce RC 2 Running Shoe nordstrom.com
Look for a breathable upper free from any extraneous bulk. Good for outdoor workouts and beyond.
UA Old Skoolsendclothing.com
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).
Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High-Top Sneakernordstrom.com
High-top Chuck Taylors will never go out of style. Get a new pair to start the season fresh.
Blazer Mid ’77 Sneakernordstrom.com
And 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.
Desert Boot nordstrom.com
When it comes to hot-weather shoes, these have it right in the title. Originally made for British soldiers in the desert, the desert boot is a menswear stalwart that can be dressed up or down, and worn with or without socks. They’re pretty much the perfect, all-around summer shoe.
Ditch your boat shoes for slip-on sneakers instead. They’re just as easy to slide on, and your beach-adjacent style will be better for it.
Summer sneakers are very good, and they give you an especially welcome opportunity to branch out into the world of non-white neutrals.
Original Achilles Leather Sneakersmrporter.com
Summer style is all about paring back. And nothing is more pared-back than minimalist leather kicks.
Buono Penny Loafer nordstrom.com
Loafers are the perfect summer shoe for more formal occasions. Consider every wedding fit accounted for.
Embroidered Espadrille Slip-Onnordstrom.com
The ultimate chill-out shoe. Best when paired with a linen suit and a cool rum cocktail