Gentlemen, it’s time for the big reveal of the season … your feet. They’ve been cooped up all winter (and spring), and it’s just about time for them to make their yearly appearance in a pair of fashionable sandals. We can all agree at this point that sandals, well, the right ones, are a great option. However, the catch in making sandals work is to put the effort into making them fit into your late spring/summer attire. Just because the mercury rises doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about how and what you wear your sandals with. After all, you’re a sartorially savvy gent who doesn’t just throw on any old pair of sandals all willy nilly — you do so with purpose and flare.
So, scrub those feet and spring for that pedicure because everyone appreciates a man with nice feet, and get ready to try one or all of these great sandal options for the season, which are sure to go with almost any off-duty outfit or any beach adventure. Here are 7 of the best sandals to try for summer (and whatever you do, steer clear of rubber flip flops unless you are sitting by a pool or walking through the sand.)
1. Montcler Basile Striped Leather and Rubber Slides
With the sportswear trend not going anywhere anytime soon, these sleek Basile slides by Moncler exude that perfect sophisticated spin on the typical after-the-game sporty design. They’re for the athletic man who is willing to give up his sneakers for just a bit, and only because it’s so hot outside. These athletic slides are made in Italty and have clean lines and black, red, and white leather stripes set on a molded rubber footbed, marrying both luxury and sport in one sandal. They are comfortable enough to wear in the city on your days off during the summer or by the pool. Wear these comfy slides with a plain white tee and a pair of rolled chinos or tapered sweats to maintain the sporty feel to them.
2. Base London Commodus Leather Sandal
The Commodus Leather Sandal by Base London is what could best be described as a budget friendly sleek sandal that is for the man who is still on the fence about how he feels about wearing sandals. Made of a textured leather upper and a suede footbed designed with cross-over straps, these slip-ons work well with everything from slim-fitting jeans to shorts, chinos, and linen trousers.
3. H&M Leather Sandals
Part of H&M’s Premium Quality collection, these black leather sandals are a steal in price for the quality offered. These sandals are made with an adjustable ankle strap with a painted metal buckle. These sandals are as versatile as they are sophisticated and comfortable, made with molded nappa insoles. Feel free to experiment with this pair, but just be sure that whichever pants you choose to pair them with are slim fitted, rollable or fall above the ankle.
4. To Boot New York Bedford Double Strap Sandals
A different take on the Birkenstock, they’re less bulky and slightly more sophisticated in style. The best part about these double strap sandals by To Boot New York are the care and ease of wearing them. Made of Italian leather and with the lived-in comfort of a nicely cushioned sole, they fit true to size. These are yet another great pair you can wear with practically any smart off-duty attire, matching nicely with a pair of olive fitted cargo pants, a plain white tee and white sports jacket.
5. Hender Scheme Atelier Slipper
If you’re a man of simple tastes and a true minimalist at heart, then you’re going to love the Hender Scheme Atelier slipper in nude. Simplicity in craftsmanship, the company hails from Japan, a country so well known for precision, expertise, and quality, these slippers are made from a raw leather that promises to age well. Crafted with one single strap, and make of the same signature sole of one of the world’s most comfortably crafted sandal manufactures, Birkenstock, let’s just say that these slippers are perfection.
6. Nike Benassi ‘Just Do It’ Mismatch
Touted by Nike themselves as “pure comfort” we don’t doubt this fact upon looking at these utterly cool and chic sandals. The Nike Benassi ‘Just Do It’ Mismatch Men’s Slide (we’re not kidding about the being mismatched — you may come across as wearing two different sandals) is for the very fashion-forward man who can’t get enough of the athleisure trend. While these are not so much a wear-anywhere slide with a textured footbed and ulta-soft cushioning, they’re great for the beach, but also on a Sunday when you’re grabbing a boozy brunch with your buddies. Totally lightweight and should be worn with the most casual of attire.
7. Valentino Camo Sandal
Iconic Italian brand Valentino can do no wrong, and while renowned more so for it’s elegant collections, this casual camo sandal deviates from the fashion house’s style. Though the sandals are incredibly casual, they’re made of fine Italian Calfskin leather and styled with woven camouflage straps, with the footbed intricately stitched onto a rugged rubber sole. They’re truly a piece of art that should be worn with a pair of rolled chinos and/or linen pants. Steer clear of pairing jeans with these smart casual sandals.