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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