The temperature shows no sign of going down, and neither is your need for the perfect pair of summer kicks. This year, designers have brought back timeless classics and updated perennial favourites with on-trend details. If you still need to find your go-to kicks, you’re in the right place.
Cole Haan has as long track record of adding fun twists to classic styles, but none quite as cool as this. The brand’s new ZeroGrand collection represents its lightest-ever take on its famous brogues, all sporting a flexible, injection-moulded EVA outsole with—you guessed it—no stitching involved. This particular Indian ink wing Oxford features a reverse full-grain suede leather upper.
Converse x John Varvatos Low Multieye sneaker
Those tired Converse you bring out every summer deserve an upgrade. John Varvatos’ new take on the classic low top makes use of a waxed canvas upper to give them a weathered vintage feel, while the triple eyelet design add a bit of something new. The low-key colours are guaranteed to go with everything.
Mark McNairy Desert Chukka
These crepe sole desert chukkas are the perfect boot for summer. Don’t believe us? Chukkas like this one typically come unlined, leaving the supple leather surprisingly cool and a breeze to slip on. Lightweight and sporting an earthy desert camouflage motif, they’ll elevate a pair of jeans with their classic silhouette for a day of pounding the urban pavement.
Rancourt & Co. Venetian Slip-On
Let’s end the debate here: yes, you can go sock-free with leather loafers. Now that that’s out of the way, meet you best friend for nights out, the Rancourt & Co. Venetian Slip-On. Warm burgundy leather gives you added versatility when the dress code calls for something less beachy, while its no-fuss design makes it an equally comfortable choice for going from office to patio.
Nike Blazer Mid Premium Vintage
These are one pair of basketball shoes you won’t catch flack for wearing off the court. Nike’s Blazer Mid Vintage kicks are the perfect combination of simplicity and comfort, making them perfect for everyday wear (and letting your buddies know where your sport loyalty lies).
Ronnie Fieg x Sebago Spinnaker
Oily leather and pigskin suede come together in these Ronnie Fieg boat shoes for ultimate comfort. Handsewn and using genuine moccasin construction, they’ll feel great sans socks thanks to their premium leather lining and footbed (size down half a size to ensure a good fit). The translucent Dockside soles add a extra degree of cool while making sure your footing stays firm.
New Balance for J. Crew 996 Sneaker
This exclusive unisex colourway from J. Crew dropped recently to celebrate the birthday of New Balance’s 996 style. The taupe gold suede and mesh upper gives it the versatility and cushioning you expect from a summer runner, all without sacrificing style.
Castañer Pablo Canvas Espadrilles
The super lightweight and practical espadrille gets the luxury treatment from Castañer, which complements the style’s typical rope-spun edging with a non-slip rubber sole for enhanced durability and grip. Small details like the ankle pull tab and a soft inner suede ankle support make them so comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on.
Acne Studios Kaiden derby
This is how summer does formal. Acne Studios’ Kaiden derby shoe is an Italian leather lace-up with a burst of colour thanks to its contrasting green micro wedge. This same feature upgrades your typical flat feet to a zig-zag sawtooth sole for extra traction.
Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony Vans Chukka Sneakers
If you need to solidify your position as king of summer, put on these bold floral kicks designed by Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony. The print on these shoes is an actual arrangement by Boutemy, who used broken foliage to create the flowery collage.