Three of the Best

Summer Shoes

When summer (finally) comes, you'll need some shoes to wear in the heat. Here are three suggestions. 

Summer shoes seem like an oxymoron. 'Summer shoes? why not wear the ones you already have all year round?' While that sounds like a novel idea, there's several sound theories on why you shouldn't do that.

The first is that shoes are designed with weather in mind. And by that we mean that most shoes will be lined. The lining is great for winter, providing insulation, but not so good for summer, when lining leads to the dreaded clammy foot.

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A good summer shoe should be light, unlined and, preferably, in a material that lends itself to the hot summer months.

Polo Ralph Lauren (above)

White shoes will always have an air of the Great Gatsby about them - and that's not a knock. These shoes would work well with a grey shirt and navy chinos, the red on the sole providing enough colour to liven up a muted outfit. The sole has some grip, so it'll be able to deal with those random (and inevitable) downpours. (ASOS, £132)

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2 Mr Hare

While he makes shoes for all seasons, it's obvious that Mr Hare loves a summer shoe. His latest summer shoe are these 'Genet' loafers, which come with an abundance of tassels. They're on the smarter end of the summer shoe spectrum so wear these with summer weight trousers and a crisp white shirt for an office ready look. (Mr-Porter, £405)



3 Grenson

Suede loafers are forever associated with the American Prep look, so it's no surprise that Ralph Lauren has created the quintessential version for the summer. The navy suede means they can be worn as either a smarter finish to a casual outfit or a laid back touch to a smart outfit. They're the navy blazer of shoes, if you will. (Oki-ni, £135)

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