When it comes to warm-weather footwear, it’s all about keeping cool (in every sense of the word). You want something a little lighter, and maybe a little brighter. Basically, those heavy black boots are best left at the back of your closet. But even though some styles are off the table, options abound. From suede bucks to espadrilles, here are the 10 best shoes to get you through spring and summer 2017.
1 Suede Bucks
When you need something for a dressier event—like maybe one of the 14 or so weddings you’ll be attending over the next few months—switch up the brogues or oxfords for a pair of suede bucks. They’ll look especially good when paired with a cotton suit.
Cadet suede derby shoes ($530) by Common Projects, mrporter.com
2 Minimalist Sneakers
Spring style is all about paring back. And nothing is more pared-back than unadorned white leather kicks.
The Royale ($159) by Greats, greats.com
3 Boat Shoes
Unfortunate frat-bro associations aside, it’s still one of the easiest shoes to just slip on and go. Just avoid wearing a popped-collar polo at the same time (or, you know, ever).
A/O classic boat shoes ($99) by Sperry Top-Sider, eastdane.com
4 Lightweight Runners
Look for a knitted upper; it’s breathable and free from any extraneous bulk.
Pure Boost LTD ($135) by Adidas, endclothing.com
Just watch Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief and you’ll understand why loafers are the perfect summer shoe.
Citey Walk penny loafers ($1,075) by Tod’s, mrporter.com
6 Classic Sneakers
If you want to fully embrace that laid-back spring vibe, go with a pair of sneakers worn by every California surfer and skater since the dawn of time (or since they first started making them).
Old Skool $60) by Vans, vans.com
This comes with a qualifier: They are to be worn at the beach or by the pool only. But in those two locations, it’s hard to beat a good pair of sandals.
301Alts sandal ($51.95) by Rainbow, shop.nordstom.com
The ultimate chill-out shoe. Best when paired with a linen suit and a cool rum cocktail.
Pablo-washed canvas espadrilles ($150) by Castaner, mrporter.com
9 Sporty Slides
Good for post-workout or for puttering around the house. And, since they’re made from plastic, good for when you head to the pool.
Adilette Slides ($45) by Adidas, adidas.com
10 White Canvas Sneakers
They’ll never go out of style.
Jack Purcell signature low-top ($95) by Converse, nike.com