Once the cold winter weather starts fading away and the warmth of the sun is getting stronger it is time to get our spring and summer shoes ready. Sure, you can still wear your monk straps, Oxford and Derby shoes, even boots in some cases, but you should try wearing something more specific.
Usually a Derby, since most of your outfits are going to be casual. Besides the fact they are not as formal as an Oxford they are also a bit more comfortable. Wear them with: chinos, 5 pocket pants, jeans, linen trousers, seersucker trousers, shorts.
Boat shoes / deck shoes
Probably one of the most recognizable summer shoe. Originally they were designed for use on boats, with a special rubber sole that was made to offer you a good grip even on wet surfaces. Also the leather was treated with oil in order to repel water. Wear them with: chinos, 5 pocket pants, jeans, linen trousers, seersucker trousers, shorts.
Loafers – they are mostly worn in casual outfits. Two very popular loafer models are:
The penny loafer :
The tassel loafer :
These two models can either be made of suede, like the ones in pictures above, or smooth leather:
Driving shoes / Driving mocs – first thing I have to say: PLEASE DO NOT wear them with white socks and 3/4 pants! You can wear them on the street since they are very comfortable but they were mostly designed to be worn when you are driving. With their soft suede leather and special rubber sole designed to give you a good grip on the pedals they will be a pleasant company on long drives. Although you can find the driving shoe in all sorts of colours, suede or smooth skin leather, with of without tassels, with or without shoe laces, etc they are usually easy to recognize:
Saddle shoes – the saddle shoe is a classic American, casual although it’s an Oxford, with a plain toe and with a saddle-shaped piece of leather in the middle that is in contrast with the rest of the shoe. The original model was made of white leather with a piece of black leather placed mid-foot where the laces are but nowadays you can find them in any colour, you can even find suede saddle shoes.
The “casual shoe” – it can be an Oxford or a Derby, made of suede or smooth leather, and usually it features a foam sole to give you the comfort you need when you are wearing a casual outfit.
Espadrilles and sandals – I’m not really a fan of these shoes, I would only wear them on the beach.
Sneakers and tennis shoes – again I’m not a big fan, I would only wear these shoes if I were to take part in a sport activity.
I highly recommend you wear all these shoes with invisible socks: