Summer is the time for outdoor adventures, vacations, and relaxation where you should feel and look your best. Throughout all your summer plans you want to make sure you feel comfortable, which includes being stylish too. As you shop for an updated summer wardrobe, remember that shoes can make a big statement. 

Finding the right pair of shoes for the summer isn’t hard when there are a variety of top-rated shoes on the market for the season. All you need to do is pick the pair (or two) that fits with your style and you’ll be set for the summer. It is always helpful to have a variety of options available in your closet which will help ensure that your appearance this summer will be the most stylish version of you yet. 

Style #1: The Retro Tennis Shoe

Everyone loves the comfort of a cushioned tennis shoe for summer excursions. One of the latest style trends is bringing retro-style tennis shoes back on the market. The much anticipated Paris Saint-Germain Air Jordan 7 Retro set to release in Spring of 2021 combines classic collegiate colors of college navy, sport royal, and university red. If you are looking for a stylish retro tennis shoe, the PSG Air Jordan 7 Retro is at the top of the list. 

Other retro shoes that are trending for the summer of 2021 are color block shoes that mix the retro look with bold or bright colors. You can pair retro tennis shoes with jeans or shorts. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors in your wardrobe, as summer is a great time to showcase the colorful pieces you own. 

Style #2: Leather Sandals

Most men have a favorite pair of flip-flops they throw on for lounging or a quick errand. But if you are looking to up your style game when it comes to sandals, you may need to retire the old flip-flops and look into investing in a pair of leather sandals. 

There are a variety of options available when it comes to leather sandals. When trying to choose your ideal pair, think about the strap design as well as the color that would work best with your wardrobe. You may want to find a pair that is a more neutral color that can match with most items in your clothing collection. 

Many outdoor brands have added a leather sandal option to their collection that adds both style and durability to your sandal collection. Stylists aren’t saying to get rid of your sandals completely, but simply to have a more stylish pair on hand to increase the appeal of your wardrobe. 

Style #3: Loafers


While looking to complete your summer shoe wardrobe, the staple penny loafer option should be at the top of the list. These loafers are versatile enough to be paired with a casual look, but can also be worn with more formal attire. All of the major style brands carry these classic shoes as part of their shoe ware collection and for good reason.

The popularity of loafers originated in Scandinavia and although they are sometimes categorized as preppy, penny loafers are truly a shoe that can be worn with almost anything. Suede Drivers are a spin on penny loafers that offer a more modern look to the penny loafer while still providing the casual, comfortable, and classic look of a loafer. 

Another popular option is the tassel loafer which is a popular choice among Italian men and designers. This style of loafer is usually made with leather, although suede is another stylish option as well. If you want to add some color to your shoe wardrobe, some popular color trends for the summer are navy or burgundy suede loafers. 

Style #4: The Brogue Shoe 

One of the most stylish shoes out there, the Brogue shoe continues to be a trend for the summer of 2021 in men’s fashion. The Brogue style originated in Scotland and the decorative perforations were originally meant to keep the shoes from getting waterlogged. Over time, the perforations have become more of a style statement instead of being used for a functional purpose. 

Brogues come in a variety of colors and shapes, including a half-brogue and quarter-brogue option. Many stylists prefer to pair them with a suit or dress pants, but they can also be worn with khakis for a more casual daily look. Just remember that your dress pants should hit right at the ankle so as to not cover the shoe to help avoid the baggy and unkempt look. 

Style #5: The Dress Sneaker

Did you know that one of the first things people notice about your appearance is the shoes you’re wearing? If you have been sporting a pair of worn-out tennis shoes, it is time for an upgrade. In 2021, one of the most popular options for men’s shoe wear is the dress sneaker. 

A classic white low-top sneaker is at the top of the list for many stylists and designers this summer as it pairs well with almost any outfit. Just keep in mind that you may need to do some extra cleaning with an all-white sneaker to keep it looking fresh and new. There are some stylists out there that even suggest wearing a dress tennis shoe with a suit, as long as the event you are attending is more on the casual side.

Prepping Your Shoe Wardrobe for Summer

As you prepare your wardrobe for the summer of 2021, remember that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to shoes. Invest in a pair of retro sneakers that can be mixed and matched with different pieces in your wardrobe.

Finding a good pair of dress shoes such as a pair of loafers or Brogue style shoes is a must for any formal events you will be attending in the summer. Don’t be afraid to be a little bold with shoe color or material to celebrate the warmth and fun that comes with the season of summer. 


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