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Summer is here, and it’s time to put your best foot forward with the perfect pair of shoes. Whether you're headed to the office, a summer wedding, or a weekend getaway, finding the right footwear can be a challenge. But fret not, our IndyBest tester has done the research and walked the extra mile to bring you the top picks for this season.
Versatility and Style: Shoes that Work for Every Occasion
Imagine a pair of shoes that can take you from the office to happy hour, or sandals that are stylish enough for a wedding yet comfortable enough for a weekend in Italy. Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore. We’ve compiled a list of the best men’s summer shoes for 2023 that are not only stylish but versatile and comfortable too.
Ancient Greek Sandals Filippos (£185, Ancient-greek-sandals.com)
The top spot goes to the Ancient Greek Sandals Filippos, our best buy for men’s summer shoes. These backless sandals with a woven leather front offer a surprising level of comfort, perfect for a day of walking around the city. Style them with straight leg jeans and a graphic tee for a laid-back look. Note, though, that these sandals don’t offer arch support, and it’s advised to avoid wearing them in wet weather.
Adidas Samba (£72.99, Amazon.co.uk)
For a versatile pair of trainers, look no further than the Adidas Samba. A classic design dating back to 1949, the Samba has stood the test of time, offering comfort, lightness, and a style that pairs well with almost any outfit. Opt for the white or black pair for a minimal look.
Grenson Dale Sandals (£195, Grenson.com)
Mules and clogs are in vogue, and Grenson’s Dale Sandals are a testament to this trend. These clogs can be dressed up or down, suitable for both casual and formal events during the summer. They come in various colours, but testers recommend wearing them with socks.
AllSaints Rio Leather Sandals (£118, Allsaints.com)
Flip flops are a summer staple, and AllSaints’ Rio Leather Sandals show that they can be stylish too. These chunky flip flops can be dressed up, perfect for shorter walks and indoor escapades. Their weight makes them more suitable for shorter distances, but their style is undeniable.
M&S Autograph Leather Slip-on Sandals (£45, Marksandspencer.com)
For a robust and comfortable pair of slides, the M&S Autograph Leather Slip-on Sandals are a top choice. Ideal for beach days, city wanders, and quick trips to the shops, these slides pair well with linen shorts and a shirt, offering cool comfort during your summer adventures.
Styling Tips for Your New Summer Shoes
Now that you have the perfect pair of shoes, here are some styling tips to ensure you look your best:
- Balance is key: If you’re going for a chunky sandal, balance the look with tailored trousers or straight leg jeans.
- Sock it up: Don’t be afraid to wear socks with sandals, especially with mules and clogs. Choose a sock that complements your outfit for a cohesive look.
- Keep it simple: With versatile trainers like the Adidas Samba, keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the shoes do the talking.
Finding the perfect summer shoe doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these top picks from our IndyBest tester, you’re sure to find a pair that suits your style, occasion, and comfort needs. So step out in style this summer and make every moment count.
This article was inspired and informed by research conducted by The Independent.