How to change up your shoe style this summer.



Words: L. Thorpe

When it comes to men’s summer shoes, you might feel like there’s not as much choice and stick to the same old styles. Here’s how you can change up your shoe style this summer.

Types of men’s shoes

There are way more types of shoe than just flip flops and trainers for whatever summer plans you have. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular styles of shoe for summer.

Boat shoes

Boat shoes – also known as deck shoes or topsiders – are usually made from canvas or leather and have rubber soles so they don’t mark the deck of a boat. They lace up and come in a range of colours, though neutral tones are most popular. They used to have a reputation for being something your dad would wear, but have become a go-to for that preppy, put-together style.


Loafers are a type of slip-on style shoe usually made from suede or leather – it’s thought that they’re based on traditional moccasins – and have a low or a flat heel. Sometimes they come with a little embellishment on top like a metal clasp or tassel. Loafers are more formal than boat shoes, but are still considered a fairly relaxed style, so you can wear them during the day or for laid-back evening events.


Espadrilles are casual shoes with a woven rope sole and upper made of canvas or cotton fabric. They can be any colour and come in slightly different styles that vary the shape of the shoe, though the key thing that makes them espadrilles is that rope base. They’re casual and work well for sightseeing, days out, summer dates or heading out for drinks.


Sandals are an open shoe with a sole that’s joined by straps going over the instep and around the ankle. They can vary quite a bit in terms of look, material and style. Some are made from leather and others are made from materials like rubber, canvas or plastic – even wood and rope is sometimes used. Often worn casually in hot weather, the sandal is a men’s summer shoe staple.


Sliders are a really casual style of shoe that’s usually worn to the beach or around the pool. They’re light with a loose heel and a band across the front that holds it in place on your foot. Usually made from rubber, plastic or foam, they’re extremely lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear.

Flip flops

Flip flops are a summer shoe classic. They have a light, flat sole that sits loosely on the foot with a Y-shaped strap that sits between the toes. The name comes from the noise they make when you walk in them. Mostly worn in a casual setting, flip flops are ideal for hitting the beach, hanging out by the pool or lazy summer days.


Also known as sneakers, trainers are one of the most versatile men’s summer shoe styles out there. Traditionally, they were made for sporting activities only, but now they’re more commonly worn as an everyday shoe with everything from joggers to suits. There’s a massive amount of choice when it comes to colour, style, material and performance. They can lace up, slip on or use Velcro, and, above all, should be really comfortable.

What men’s shoes are in fashion this summer?

There are a few men’s summer shoe styles that are top of the trends this summer:
• Trainers – Brighton neutral chunky trainers
• Suede sandals – Taupe suede sandal
• Loafers – Lewisham ivory suede casual loafers

How to wear your summer shoes in style

If you’re looking at wearing closed summer shoes like loafers, trainers or boat shoes, then opt for low trainer socks. They can make all the difference to how your shoe looks and feels. You’re more likely to stay comfy and keep sweaty feet at bay when you use trainer stocks, so add them to your shopping basket.

Another tip for open shoe styles, especially those with an open toe, is to take care of your feet. Trim your nails, make sure they’re clean, and deal with any dry skin or callouses on your feet. You’ll find you feel less self-conscious about showing off your feet in a pair of sandals if you’ve taken care of them.

If you’re ready to try out a new style, it’s time to check out our men’s summer shoes.