August 3rd, 2015
Menswear is all about seasonality.
In order to allow your clothing investments to last, it’s a good idea to rotate your wardrobe according to the seasons and climate changes. This is especially important with shoes; it’s always good to give them a break during the off-season to keep them fresh and avoid injury.
During the hottest week of the summer so far, here are the pairs that I’ve been reaching for. Most of these shoes I would consider “Summer Specific”, but since moving to the West Coast they’ve become year-round go-tos and have replaced many of the hard-bottom captoes and wingtips in my rotation.
So while we’re soaking up the sun, here are some summer footwear staples.
White Suede Bucks
Not the super traditional bucks – I’m not much for round toes. I like my bucks with a little more shape, like these custom nubuck wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco. They’re a perfect match for a slim & cropped linen trouser, in just any color you can imagine.
Patterned Needlepoint Slippers
More of an occasional thing, these. Perfect for a poolside party in Hollywood or weekend trip to Miami. For more slipper inspiration, check out the king of slippers, Mr. Miami, Angel Ramos.
Taupe Grey Woven Huaraches
This traditional Mexican sandal has been trending in menswear this season, which means shoe brands from all over have been re-interpreting it in all kinds of fabrications. Check out this taupish-grey version in woven leather with gummy crepe soles.
Black Leather Driving Mocs
I’ve had these Gucci bamboo drivers for almost 10 years. I even backpacked Europe for 3 months with only these and a pair of white converse sneakers. All this to say they are very versatile and very resilient. Best for driving, but not bad for walking tropical locales. Sockless, of course.
Leather Strap Sandals
People love these sandals. Maybe it’s the old-world masculinity associated with gladiators and the Roman Empire. Or maybe it’s a Jesus of Nazareth thing. Or maybe they just look really cool. Whatever the case, they’re my go-to on super hot days, usually with leisurely tailoring.
The canvas espadrille with the traditional jute rope sole is definitely a summer specific style. Consider it the most casual version of a slip-on loafer, and wear it as such.
White Low Top Sneakers
These are a must-have for Spring/Summer. For those long days pounding the pavement and getting around the city. For outfit ideas (including any of these styles) don’t forget you can always filter our archives using the AoS Style Guide.
Suede Belgian Loafers
This is my newest pair of shoes – about 48 hours old. They’re a modern take on the traditional Belgian shoe. More on these coming up later this week…
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.