BALLnROLL’s Summer Shoe Guide for Men

Toronto is perhaps the only city where you can see people wearing winter boots and flip flops on the same day. Our bipolar weather causes confusion as far as deciding how to dress appropriately. Case in point? April has had both scorching heat and snow. So how does one dress their tootsies stylishly for an unpredictable summer? Not to fear, we here at BALLnROLL have you (and your feet!) covered with our Summer Shoe Guide for Men!

1) The Loafer

Perhaps the most versatile of footwear options for men, the loafer is a savior when it comes to looking great in any mild weather. They can be worn with socks, rolled up pants, longer pants and worn barefoot.

Once just for preppy folk who lounged in country clubs and on yachts, the loafer is now hipper than hip. And, with bold colors being on point for summer, why not try a bright red or electric blue? It’s a simple way to look sharp without looking like a highlighter. Loafers for the win.

Bright Red Tods Men’s Loafers

2) The Summer Boot

Just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean you have to retire you boots! While heftier versions are best saved for winter months, the summer boot is a versatile style perfect for pulling together your summer ensembles. An added bonus? Your feet are totally covered from all the elements, an option not available in most sandals and loafers.

The key for summer boots is to stick with lighter materials and colors. Why not try a pair of in dove gray suede or a tan option in soft-as-butter leather? The options are endless and all will undoubtedly keep you looking fresh, fresh, and fresher.

John Varvatos Summer Casual Zip Boot

3) The Sneaker

While sneakers are a year-round shoe, they come alive in the summer and look effortless and breezy with casual warm weather ensembles, instead of beat up and worn in like they tend to after a winter beating.

The key to mastering the look of the sneaker is to look casual but not sloppy. There are no baggy jeans sagging halfway down your behind or oversized jerseys here! Rather than go with athletic styles, stick to the classics. Converse, old school Adidas, etc. work best. Wearing sneakers with blazers, tees, long shorts or rolled up pants, will achieve that modern and chic look without looking overly fussy. Perfection.

Converse Navy Classic High Sneakers

4) The White Shoes

If there was ever a time to break out a white pair of shoes, it’s the summertime! A bold statement no matter what season, white shoes can be a tricky item to pull off. You want to look Saturday night chic, not Saturday Night Fever after all.

That said, ditch the all-white ensemble and stick to solid separates when dressing up your white shoes. A well-tailored skinny suit in a tan or light gray with white dress shoes updates the entire look and casual white loafers with dark jeans and a light t-shirt and cardigan make for a simple yet noticeable outfit.

Salvatore Ferragamo Contrast-Trim Derby

5) The Man Sandal

White shoes are tricky to pull off. Man sandals are nearly impossible. Done wrong, the man sandal can make you look either like your dorky uncle (should you go too sporty in style), or an out-of-touch relative visiting from Ancient Rome (should you go too Gladiator-esque). The key is here simplicity.

The man sandal should be unfussy, in a neutral color and with no more than two straps. Unfussy is the key to looking effortless when it comes to style, and your man sandals should look effortless and well-made. Paired with loose rolled-up white pants, a fitted blazer and tee and you’ve got yourself a breezy summer look only true style mavens can pull off. Well done.

Dolce and Gabbana Cross Over Leather Sandals


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