7 Men’s Summer Shoe Mistakes & What Shoes To Wear

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Today we’ll discuss 7 summer shoes mistakes that most men make summer changes our wardrobes and it’s fun to go along with the seasons but when it comes to shoes, summer shoes are really just for summer and so they’re inherently different to the shoes that you can wear during spring, fall, and winter. Of course, people can wear absolutely anything today and trust me, they do. But as a gentleman, there’s certain classic style rules that help make you look well put together even during the peak heat of summer.

Mistake number one, wearing sandals or flip-flops for anything other than very specific outdoor occasions. Sorry, gentlemen, but if you’re serious about your outward appearance, wearing sandals or flip-flops on a regular basis is simply not in the cards unless you’re rafting or walking in a rocky riverbed. You should never wear sandals; the same is true for flip-flops, they’re really best at the pool or by the beach but otherwise, don’t show up with them at a restaurant. Ultimately, no one wants to see your hairy toes and calluses and that aside, I’ve never come across a really super high-quality pair of flip-flops or sandals that just had piles of craftsmanship in them.

The second mistake is wearing sporty trainers with your trousers and elegant summer outfits. It simply doesn’t go together. Trainers are fine if you ride your bike or go to and from the gym or workout in them but outside of that, there’s really no place for them in your general wardrobe. Nothing makes you look like an old grandpa than white trainers with white tennis socks so just skip them and put on proper summer shoes. The third mistake is not understanding the difference between driving mocs, loafers, and boat shoes. All three of those are great summer shoes because they are slip ons where you’re after tying if so it’s not just convenient but usually they also have deeper cutouts which is exposed your ankle more to the air which gives a nice flow that is cooler than wearing other regular lace-up shoes now what’s the difference between those three shoe types loafers are considered to be the most formal one out of the three you can wear the most slacks with seersucker x’ even a seersucker suit or even a railer suit except if it’s double-breasted then loafers are typically not appropriate but double-breasted is not advisable through hot summers anyways so you’re good here sometimes people even since we were in them barefoot however I don’t suggest that if you want to go for the barefoot look always go with no-show socks it’s much better for your feet and for the hygiene and it makes you more comfortable in your shoes all day next step down in firm melody are driving marks if you want to listen something a little more formal go with a penny loafer a little less casual go with it’s hassle over I like sweet for summer shoes because they’re casual and you can even go in more exotic colors so just maybe gray navy blue or dark green driving marks are a step down in terms of formality they’re usually worn inside the house or while driving but during the summer a lot of people were done just on the street very soft they’re comfortable but with the typical sole that is not solid rubber you probably wear them out prematurely if you wear them outside of the house or your car finally boat shoes are the least formal a classic staple would be a medium chestnut brown if you want to be a little brighter you can go with blues or salmon reds maybe green and blue combinations it’s a fun shoe if you adhere to the kind of waspey northeastern American style the first mistake is buying sewed formal shoes from the uppers such as Darby’s Oxford’s or wingtip brokes that are then combined with colorful trainer soles we get it summer is more casual and it also reflects in your shoe board that being said it’s wiser to play with the colors and letter materials but keeping the letter Sol then switching to a kind of rubber sole that is green or yellow or red yes it makes you stand out in a way but it’s more clownish than tasteful that being said rubber soles wear it much more quickly you can just replace them very easily and so it’s not a really good long-term investment instead buy a classic leather sole or a classic rubber sole and make a change of the uppers it’s a much better investment The fifth mistake is buying sneakers and using them to masquerade other shoes by that I mean people try to buy leather sneakers that are more expensive and nicer and so all of a sudden they think they can wear it for business casual or with a suit and it just looks odd and it’s not meant to be worn in that way the sixth mistake is to pack away all of your other shoes from your closet and simply use the specific summer shoes now yes you want specific summer shoes at the same time you can still get out your old brown loafers for example that you can wear in spring and maybe in the fall or you’re sweet desert boots those are all good shoes that you can utilize also during the summer so it pays to go through your shoe closet and yes you can set aside your black Oxford’s or the triple salt boots because that’s not something you wear during the summer but Brown Jones maybe reddish tones and sweat letters are great for summer combinations last but not least one of the biggest summer shoe mistakes is not owning a fun pair of distinct summer shoes they’re really lots of ways to have fun even with a classic men’s shoe wardrobe and that can include a white pair of buckskin shoes with colorful shoe laces for example and in general if you want to spice things up and you can’t quite afford to invest a lot in summer shoes just going with colorful shoe laces Really change the whole feel and the look of the shoes and you will immediately look summery with a very small investment for a large selection of round and flat high-quality waxed cotton shoelaces in over 15 different colors please check our shop here they’re all made from Fort Belvedere and they come in packages so the more you buy the less expensive they get alternatively if you’re looking for shoes look for a woven leather shoe or maybe something with a perforated leather because that will allow more air to get to your foot so you sweat less and you’re more comfortable if you like softer shoes maybe a pair of colorful boat shoes or driving locks or something to invest in apart from lighter desert boots that are unlined and actually very low I suggest you invest in a pair of green shoes because Green is really underrated especially for summer lately I’ve seen it much more come up in suits and sport coats and even shirts but for shoes it’s still not really popular and it’s particularly good in a darker shade such as for a screen or maybe olive green and with a suede texture apart from that classic spectators can work as well although the black and white spectators work I think brown and white are better suited for summer because it’s a less stark contrast and it just goes weather with the warmth outside if you want to learn more about different shoe types such as loafers or boat shoes Oxford’s Darby’s the differences please check out our in-depth guides on the website and if you are interested in summer suits or to eight hallmarks of a great summer jacket please subscribe to our Channel and stuff like this comes right here in box also use a search function because we have a lot of things about summer and hot weather in today’s Africa combination with an off-white jacket that has Center box pleats which makes it easy to move around it’s made out of a thicker coarser Panama weave fabric it’s from Ralph Lauren purple label and I’m combining it with a light blue open weave summery shirt and a mattr silk tie in dark bottle green with blue or yellow accents Fort Belvedere it matches the green belt as well as my green shoes which are made out of suede leather and are a wingtip Oxford from Scott Oh so to make it a little more summer without being too bright I edit dark purple shoelaces that contrast shoes work with a summery theme but they’re not super loud measures a barrel cuffs because cufflinks would be simply too hot and so I’m wearing a little pinky ring with malachite which picks up the green color just like the pocket square which ties together the green tones of a tie and a shoe as well as the light blue of the shirt Nasir Sakura trousers because the shoes are colorful and seersucker is bright I opted for a dark pair of over the calf Khan socks in navy with clocks because contrasts a shoe as well as the pants and creates a nice combination to learn more about how to combine shoes pants and socks police check out this free PDF guide and if you’re interested in all 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Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Have you ever asked yourselves, should I wear a jacket with jeans? Is it too formal, is it just right? Well in today’s video we’ll talk about nothing but jeans, blazers and suit jackets. When you can wear them, when you should avoid them and anything else you want to know about those combinations. Obviously it’s a very similar question to can I wear a jacket without a tie and we discussed it in a separate video here.

When should you wear a jacket with denim is a popular question because many men today wear it, yet it goes against traditional style rules because jeans used to be strictly blue-collar workwear. Today, men’s style is a lot more casual than it used to be 50 or 60 years ago and jeans are probably the number one worn pants by men. As everything gets more casual of course a lot of men try to wear jeans with anything else they have in their wardrobe particularly suit separates because that’s what they sometimes have to wear to work.

In an attempt to dress up their jeans or to dress down their suit they simply combine the two but it rarely works and it hardly ever looks advantageous unless you follow a few clear-cut rules. The issue of suit jackets with jeans is that it is a clash of formalities. Typically it’s a combination seen worn by middle managers who want to seem approachable yet be a cut above their subordinates.

It’s definitely a fine line to walk but dressing purposefully and thoughtfully is the key here. Personally I hardly ever wear jeans with a jacket, it’s simply not my style. But here is how you can pull it off. First of all pair your blazer or sport coat only with your dressiest jeans. That means no holes and no used look. Also it’s really important that you have enough contrast between your sport coat and your jeans. If you have a dark washed denim with a dark navy blazer it’s not enough contrast and it looks odd because it’s similar yet it’s not a suit and it’s just weird. So in general, a medium dark wash or something slightly lighter is best. It’s essential that your jeans don’t puddle and are hemmed to the exactly right length. To learn more about what length is right for you, check out this video here.

In terms of cut, a straight leg or maybe something that slightly tapered works best. Definitely avoid really baggy cuts as well as a bootcut. Also don’t cuff or pin roll your jeans because that’s simply too casual. If you still want to learn how to do it please check out this video here. Two, rather than going with a navy blazer instead branch out and maybe go with jackets that have different colors as well as patterns and materials because that’s more contrasting or interesting, but also more casual and it works better with jeans.

Good features include notch lapels because peak lapels would be too formal. You can also have patch pockets because they’re more formal than jetted pockets or flat pockets. In terms of patterns, you can go with little houndstooth pattern maybe a small micro check or a classic Prince of Wales check. When it comes to material compositions, 100% wool is okay but to make it more casual add cotton and linen blends sometimes wool linen or wool cotton blends or sometimes also a little bit of silk or cashmere for a softer hand and touch. In terms of jacket colors, you can go with lighter shades of blue, maybe a royal blue for example or even a lighter blue. Overchecks could be in red or an orange because that’s a little more casual. In the winter brown tones are great especially as a Glen check with dark brown and off-white or maybe a herringbone jacket in a medium brown. With all those lighter colors, one pair of dark washed denim really works best because it provides a contrast and it’s a classic jeans color.

The personal favorite of mine is the color green it goes really well with dark washed denim. And to learn more about why green is underrated in menswear, please check out this video here. Also definitely avoid white or off-white jackets because the denim will color off on it and the contrast is too strong. Three, make sure to wear your denim and your sport coat with casual shirts to bridge the gap formalities. Long-sleeve dress shirts are good but ideally you should avoid the most formal variations in solid white because they’re just too businesslike.

Instead maybe you go with an off-white or a green shirt maybe something with a rougher texture and maybe skip ironing to create a more casual look. Alternatively you can also go with button-down collars because they are more casual and check shirts, as well as little houndstooth shirts because they’re also more casual than solids. If you want something like a solid I suggest an Oxford fabric with a two-tone maybe light blue and white because it’s durable and more casual. No matter what shirt you choose always tuck it in because an untucked shirt with a sport coat or a suit jacket simply looks odd. Four, wear the combination of jeans and sport coat with the right kind of shoes. Black Oxfords are way too formal and not appropriate here. At the same time boat shoes are too informal and should likewise be avoided. So what should you wear? Ideally go with brown tones or burgundy and oxblood. If you want to be a little more experimental you can think about olive green, grey or maybe navy. In terms of styles a classic derby shoe is good just like those burgundy derbies or these olive green derbies on a very Parisian elegant last.

Because of the color it makes them work with a jeans and a sport coat. Alternatively you could opt for loafers either tassel loafers or penny loafers, both work. Another good options are monk straps such as those brown single monks with some broguing and a wingtip or those more fashion-forward double monks in burgundy. If you want to go with oxfords go with brogues either half brogues or full brogues because that’s casual enough to wear with jeans and it ties the ensemble together with your sport coat. Other good options include chukka boots or chelsea boots. In terms of leather texture, suede is really great to combine with jeans and a sport coat. Why? Simply because it’s a little more casual. It’s less serious and as such it ties together those two elements of different formalities So now that you know how and when to wear a blazer with jeans, the question is, when should you not wear those two items together? First of all the biggest mistake I see men make in this situation is that they pair a traditional business suit with a pair of jeans they have.

Particularly it’s that black business suit jacket or that pinstripe jacket that they wear with dark blue jeans and it just looks weird and odd. As discussed before, while some suit jackets can be worn with jeans especially if they’re more casual any kind of business suit should not be combined with jeans, that includes solid navy jackets or maybe solid grey jackets but also any kind of stripe, pinstripe, rope stripe or chalk stripe. They won’t look good with jeans. Don’t combine jeans with a double-breasted business jacket. Double-breasted is typically more formal. It has peak lapels and as such is even more formal than a single breasted blazer with patch pockets. Hence, avoid. However in recent years double-breasted jackets have become a lot more popular especially at Pitti Uomo. And if you have something that has a nice linen blend maybe with the Prince of Wales pattern and lighter colors, you can definitely combine them with jeans. Never wear a t-shirt with jeans underneath a jacket because it’s a clash of formalities. Either you wear just a t-shirt and some jeans and you skip the jacket all together or you opt for the jacket but you go with a casual dress shirt or this blend of polo shirt and dress shirt I mentioned before.

Four, never wear any kind of black shoes especially not black dress shoes with this combination because it looks out of place. Black is fine for formal business suits and office wear but not when you were jeans. Instead go with browns, tan tones, burgundy tones, greens or anything else but not black. To learn why black is one of the most overrated colors in menswear, please check out this video here.

Five, jeans with a jacket are not ideal if you want to wear a tie, a bow tie or maybe an ascot simply because it would be too formal and a clash. So if you opt for the combination of jacket and jeans forgo your tie and your neck wear instead go with a pocket square or maybe a boutonniere because that creates a visual interest and it just creates for a more polished look. For a selection of pocket squares that are perfect to be worn with jeans and a sport coat please check out our store here. You’ll also find boutonnieres there that will just round out your outfit. Six, you don’t want to wear jeans with a jacket if you want to have a formal dress shirt. That means, double cuffs with cufflinks because that’s too formal for regular cotton denim. Likewise, a solid white shirt is not appropriate.

A light blue might work. Maybe go with a different texture, a different weave that is more open so it breathes better and you’re more comfortable during the summer. Striped shirts can work especially if you have bolder stripes, wider or larger scale stripes or maybe stripes in a different color. At the same time the whole ensemble has to work together. And we’ll cover the specific skill of combining patterns especially stripes in a different video. Don’t wear jeans and a sport coat if you don’t know the dress code or if you’re unsure about the formality at the event or the occasion you will wear it to. Why you might wonder? Well, if you’re not sure about a dress code it always pays to dress one notch up.

In that case it would mean wearing your blazer with a pair of chinos rather than your jeans. Alternatively if you think that’s over-the-top you can skip the jacket and just go with a casual dress shirt and a pair of slacks either chinos or jeans depending on what you think is right for the occasion. By the way during the colder months of the year, a tweed jacket works really well with jeans simply because it’s more casual by definition.

It has a coarser weave. It has more warmer earth tones and so it’s a great jacket that is usually single breasted and has notch lapels which makes it again less formal and therefore perfectly suited for jeans. That being said there are tons of other jackets which are less formal and therefore equally as well suited to jeans as a tweed jacket. Some of them include a Panama jacket which is more of a summery jacket. Another one, the Harrington jacket and you can check out more in our Harrington jacket guide here. So in conclusion, you can definitely wear a jacket with jeans just make sure it’s casual enough and not your typical business suit.

When it comes to foot wear, brown shoes are your friend and make sure it’s not too casual but also not too formal. In today’s video I’m wearing a combination of dark wash denim jeans and a suit jacket which is part of a Prince of Wales suit with a slight brown over check. Obviously there’s a lot of contrast between the jacket and so it works. I combined it with a cream or off-white dress shirt. It has button cuffs, no French cuffs.

And I also decided to leave them undone because it’s a little warmer outside and it simply adds a more casual flare to your overall ensemble. Of course I skipped the necktie and instead I went with a very casual pocket square which is made out of a handcrafted linen with hand rolled edges and X stitches. You can find a rich selection of those pocket squares in this color or others in our shop here. For my shoes I opted for a reddish chestnut brown monk strap with silver buckles and a wingtip full brogue and I combined it with a belt in the same kind of color tone which is alligator and also has a silver buckle so everything is harmonious and works. For my socks I opted for a pair of Fort Belvedere socks in navy blue and yellow because they provide a bit of contrast to the shoe as well as the jeans yet they tie everything well together.

To learn more about how you can combine shoes with socks and pants, please check out this video here. If you enjoyed this video give us a like and subscribe to this channel so videos like this come right to your inbox. .