Shorts with an athletic vibe used to be verboten unless you were actually engaged in an athletic pursuit. But the new breed of sports-inspired options is perfect for everywhere but the gym. Whether track, basketball, or soccer, each of these shorts takes technical details from the sport for which it was intended. But thanks to the mashup state of menswear right now, they’re really fit for any occasion. Here are the best pairs to wear this summer.
Don’t fear the word “wool”—it’s actually a really breathable fabric to wear, even in the summer.
SHOP NOW: $890, gucci.com
Athletic shorts already feel pretty ’90s, but a Tommy Jeans throwback pair is a throwback force to be reckoned with.
SHOP NOW: $103, farfetch.com
Thom Browne’s signature stripes are a simple way to add an athletic feel.
SHOP NOW: $550, farfetch.com
When it’s just too hot for track pants, a short alternative.
SHOP NOW: $45, urbanoutfitters.com
Hotel Lounge Shorts
The prime location for these is all in the name: hotel. Maybe the spa, while you’re at it.
SHOP NOW: $108, farfetch.com
Cotton Blend Fleece Short
Leave it to Ralph Lauren to make a seemingly simple pair of athletic shorts look expertly stylish.
SHOP NOW: $195, ralphlauren.com
Fila x U.O.
Perona Volleyball Short
Wear ’em with a crewneck sweatshirt for a casual night outfit.
SHOP NOW: $54, urbanoutfitters.com
Basketball and track shorts don’t get all the glory here—a silky pair of soccer shorts are just as cool.
SHOP NOW: $40, urbanoutfitters.com
Super Puma Short
Complement the bold red by wearing a plain black or white shirt with it. We’d also pair it with a pullover anorak on rainy days.
SHOP NOW: $60, urbanoutfitters.com
Black Champion Edition Logo Shorts
The love for Champion is still running strong. This collaboration with All In is a luxe take on the classic mesh short.
SHOP NOW: $70, ssense.com