The warm weather season calls for a new lineup of stylish summer shoes. Whether you’re wearing shorts or sporting the cuffed chinos look, your summer footwear becomes the MVP of your daily outfits. Hitting the beach this weekend? You’ll need a good pair of sandals or flip-flops (and probably a pedicure, too). Running around town from meeting-to-meeting in the summer sun? A pair of white sneakers with a minimalist design keeps your 9-to-5 look fresh and provides extra comfort. And if you’re still working from home, a cool pair of slip-on shoes or mules provide the ideal foot support you need. But no matter where you’re heading for the season, breathable shoes are essential to beat the heat with cool style. So, where does a guy even begin to overhaul his footwear arsenal? We have you covered with the 15 best summer shoes for men to wear for any adventure during the warm weather season.
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Best Summer Running Shoes for Men
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Running Shoes
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Best Converse Shoes for Summer
Todd Snyder x Jack Purcell Sneakers
When it comes to choosing a casual summer shoe with timeless appeal, Jack Purcells are a no-brainer. Todd Snyder gave the shoe that debuted in the ‘30s a modern twist with a new textured upper, a recycled rubber gum sole, and a comfortable cork liner that compliments any summer fit.
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Rothy’s The RS01 Sneaker
If you’re looking for the perfect summer sneaker that’s durable, sustainable, breathable, and insanely comfortable, look no further than Rothy’s new men’s collection. The knit construction is perfect for flexing the no-show sock look this summer without a break-in period. After testing these sneakers for a few weeks, they’ve completely dominated my summer shoe rotation.
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Tidal Matrix Flip-Flops
Your arsenal of summer footwear wouldn’t be incomplete without a pair of flip-flops, but it’s highly unlikely that the simple sandal will last through all of your summer adventures—unless they’re from Tidal. The eco-friendly flip-flops feature soles made with reformulated polyurethane that provides a lightweight feel with the durability you need, while the plush foam footbed delivers great arch support for all-day comfort.
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Best Boat Shoes for Summer
Sperry Top Sider Men’s Cloud Authentic Original Seersucker Boat Shoes
Seersucker is a lightweight, breathable fabric that’s a menswear classic for the hot months of summer, but thanks to Sperry, you can enjoy the comfort of the puckered cotton fabric on your feet with these stylish shoes. With touches of full-grain leather and a ripple outsole, these are nothing like your dad’s old boat shoes.
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Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Essentials EVA Black Sandals
Forget any associations you may have between Birkenstocks and granola-crunchers—they’re cool, guys. These simple black stunners are too comfy to discount and look perfectly polished in black hardware.
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Best Men’s Dress Shoe for Summer
Cole Haan Øriginal Grand Wingtip Oxfords
There’s no need to suffer in uncomfortable 9-to-5 footwear when you can score this breathable and comfortable Zerogrand Wingtip Oxford shoe for sleek summer style. If you’re looking for a dress shoe that will keep you moving with ease on the dance floor at a summer wedding or provide the cushioning you need as you sprint to meetings, look no further.
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Allbirds Men’s Tree Dashers
Allbirds’ beloved running shoe is well on its way to becoming a new classic, thanks to it’s supportive midsole, great energy return, and breathable upper that keeps your feet feel cool while you work up a sweat during your outdoor runs. Trust us, these worth your hard-earned money.
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OLUKAI Men’s Ohana Black/Black 7 D-Medium
Olukai’s supportive sandals are an Amazon best-seller with thousands of five-star reviews for a good reason. The stylish touch of synthetic leather gives these minimalist sandals the look you want, while the molded EVA midsole provides more comfort and support than you ever could wish for. Reviewers with plantar fasciitis and recent injuries swear by these affordable sandals.
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Columbia Men’s Wildone Anthem Shoes
Wherever you’re heading this summer, these Wildone Anthem shoes are a top choice with great style and function. Need a men’s summer shoe that’s stain- and water-resistant? Check! How about next-level support with comfortable cushioning? Check! And do they provide great traction? Yep, you’ve guessed it—check!
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Huckberry x Chaco Chillo “Agave” Sandals
If you haven’t stepped out in a pair of Chillos, you’re missing out. These sandals are as light as a feather and have the right amount of arch support to keep you moving from day to night. The Agave colorway makes them ideal for your wardrobe of neutrals and navy clothing.
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Best Espadrilles for Summer
Soludos x Lucy Mail Negroni & Shaker Espadrilles
From beach to bar, these boozy espadrilles are a smart alternative to basic, boring flip-flops.
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Adidas Stan Smith Mules
Honestly, the Stan Smith was just made to be a mule. It has the exact look you (and Barack Obama) love, but with easy access for those days when shoving your foot in a laced-up sneaker feels like too much of a hassle.
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HOKA Men’s Ora Recovery Slides
This Men’s Health 2021 Fitness Awards winner allows those barking dogs to recover and breath easy after your intense HIIT workouts with an oversized midsole. We suggest the all-black colorway that gives these sleek slides a stylish edge
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Under Armour HOVR Machina Running Shoes
One of our favorite new sneaker releases of 2021, the HOVR Machina features a Pebax propulsion plate that allows you to spring into action to achieve new PRs with great energy return.
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Brandblack Men’s Spector Supercritical Sneakers
Brandblack knows how to fuse cool style with quality performance materials to create sneakers that look as good as they feel. The mix of breathable mesh, shiny touches of metallic leather, and a durable Vibram outsole in a vintage-like, off-white shade creates a cool look both on and off the running track.
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Armando Cabral Tombali Loafers
Summer calls for a great pair of loafers. Accent these suede green stunners with some cool dress socks or pair them with no-shows while sporting your most flattering summer shorts for sleek style.
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Aldo Guyaume Driving Shoes
Driving loafers provide an effortlessly cool accent to your summer wardrobe. The rich suede texture simply elevates your everyday white tee and chino shorts look.
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G.H. Bass & Co. Larson Easy Suede Weejuns Shoes
Suede Weejuns add a rich textural touch to any outfit you’ll wear this season. Throw on a white T-shirt, cuff the ankle of your slim-fit jeans, slide on these classic loafers, and bam, you’ve achieved effortlessly cool summer style.