Mens Summer Shoes

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Mens Summer Shoes

I have to disagree about hybrid shoes. I understand why your opinion is what it is, but in some situations wearing hybrid shoes make a lot of sense.I like taking long walks (I mean really long, I often walk more than 20km in one day). When I travel, I take only one carry-on sized bag. Not having to deal with checked bags gives me amazing freedom. I don’t even own a car; I live in a European city, where car ownership makes little sense (travel distances are very short, parking is a huge pain, and owning a car is expensive). Here a much better way how one can get to work is by using a bicycle or walking (sure, we also have an amazing public transportation network, but I still prefer to move with my own muscle strength, I don’t want to turn into a seat potato).Now imagine walking 20km (12.4 miles) in dress shoes with stiff soles. That’s not comfortable! My most used shoes are walking-friendly Derby shoes with a flexible sole. I also own a pair of leather sneakers, which I wear when I go away from the city and well-maintained roads. Also, when I travel, I can take only one pair of shoes with me. Why can’t I just wear sneakers and dress like a modern trendy teenager instead? I absolutely hate the look. I like wearing ties, and suits, and dress shoes. Just because I have chosen to live a lifestyle without relying on motorized vehicles that much does not mean that I must wear ugly clothes. I don’t attempt to wear Oxfords and very dressy suits, because that would look too weird on a bicycle, but a sport coat and comfortable hybrid Derby shoes are fine.When it comes to clothes I also seek the same functionality I want from my shoes. Having one small bag means no space for an iron, so I need wrinkle-resistant shirts (merino wool dress shirts are amazing). I also like formal looking pants and jackets, which are made from performance fabric — quick drying, can be washed in a hotel sink (in an emergency), wrinkle-resistant. I have even seen formal looking pants made from rain-and-wine-stain-resistant softshell fabric (the same water resistant fabric, which is used for mountain climbing outfits). It is super convenient to have suits made from performance fabrics. Incidentally, also other people who prefer cycling to work often wear suits made from performance fabrics. Try cycling in a cotton shirt! That simply does not work out well.When I am traveling, I also wear backpacks together with a somewhat formal attire. Again, I usually don’t try using a backpack with a very formal suit, it works better with a sport jacket. Years ago I had a back injury, which is now causing me severe pain whenever I attempt to put any load on my shoulders. I simply cannot carry those bags marketed towards business travelers. If I bag is intended for carrying on one shoulder, I simply cannot use it. Backpacks are my only option. With a hip belt and an internal aluminum frame they allow me to put almost all weight on my hips instead of my shoulders. This is the only way how I can carry my own bag without depending on taxis.So, yeah, I need optimized performance even if that means looking less stylish. Sure, I love the look of leather briefcases and real Oxfords, but they resemble the high heels on women’s shoes – they are something that looks super pretty, but is not practical or comfortable at all. I guess in my situation you could suggest that I simply give up on suits and ties and simply wear some Nike sneakers, T-shirts, and hoodies instead. There is just one problem – I hate that look. So I rather resort to hybrid shoes and formal looking jackets made from performance fabrics. (By the way, in case you are wondering, I am 23 years old now.)Of course there are limits how far hybrids can go. Wearing the same shoes for a black tie event and a basketball game wouldn’t work. And I’m definitely not advocating that.
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Mens Summer Shoes

Hybrid shoes came about as a way for fast-fashion brands to sell shoes that offered a wider range of versatility. As an example, hybrid golf wingtips are often marketed as a shoe that can be worn on the golf course or in the boardroom. To be clear, they cannot. Golf shoes – regardless of style – should only be worn on the golf course. This is the same for hybrid casual-oxfords; a new breed of oxford-style shoes with the comforts, rubber soles and laces of athletic shoes. These are not real dress shoes, and you are better off having a designated pair of tennis shoes for the gym and decent dress shoes for the office.
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Mens Summer Shoes

This is good news if you don’t want to buy too many new pairs of shoes! Summer shoes can also be worn with many different outfits – you can even get away with wearing them with formal attire. There are a whole range of summer shoes for men: driving shoes, boat shoes, trainers, loafers, sandals, espadrilles and brogues.
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Mens Summer Shoes

Now imagine walking 20km (12.4 miles) in dress shoes with stiff soles. That’s not comfortable! My most used shoes are walking-friendly Derby shoes with a flexible sole. I also own a pair of leather sneakers, which I wear when I go away from the city and well-maintained roads. Also, when I travel, I can take only one pair of shoes with me. Why can’t I just wear sneakers and dress like a modern trendy teenager instead? I absolutely hate the look. I like wearing ties, and suits, and dress shoes. Just because I have chosen to live a lifestyle without relying on motorized vehicles that much does not mean that I must wear ugly clothes. I don’t attempt to wear Oxfords and very dressy suits, because that would look too weird on a bicycle, but a sport coat and comfortable hybrid Derby shoes are fine.
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Mens Summer Shoes

So there you have it – The Idle Man’s definitive guide to men’s summer shoes. You can never go wrong with a pair of each of these shoes in your summer wardrobe. From formal work shoes to casual trainers, you’ll have a range of footwear for any occasion. Opt for trainers, plimsolls, sandals, espadrilles and boat shoes if you’re heading off to the beach or park, and drivers, loafers and brogues if you’re going to work or meetings. Experiment with different colours and styles to create your own unique look.
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Mens Summer Shoes

Now there isn’t much difference in men’s summer shoes than there are with men’s shoes at any other time of the year. The styles are the same, however the material will sometimes differ. Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse that a pair of sweaty feet in the summer – so opt for shoes that are more ventilated and are of a lighter material.

Mens Summer Shoes

The classic dress shoes such as Oxfords, Derbies and Bluchers aren’t seasonal and one way to give them a special pop in the summer months is by adding a little sprezzatura to them with colorful laces. However, unlike the standard dress shoes, there are a number of casual shoes men can adopt in the warmer months that look great with a variety of outfits.
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Mens Summer Shoes

Summer outfits are distinctly different from fall/winter ensembles, and one aspect that is often overlooked is the choice of shoes. Therefore, this guide is all about summer shoes for men and the more casual styles every gentleman should have in his wardrobe.
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Quintessentially preppy, the boat shoe is arguably one of the most prominently seen casual shoes in summer resort towns. Originally designed as practical footwear for sailing, they became a staple in the wealthier Northeastern beach communities before making their way across the United States and around the world. Today, boat shoes are found on the feet of gentlemen who parade down the boardwalk or streets in summer as a rakish flip of the bird to their usual business attire and the man — much as the Ivy Leaguers did in the 60s with clothing.
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The white buck emerged as part of the trad style, which formed as a more traditional take on the casual preppy and Ivy league style trends in the Northeastern, United States. Like much of today’s summer style for gentlemen, it originated from one of these three rebellious fashions which were originally a mode of “sticking it to the man.” The preppies love their boat shoes, the Ivy League style took on the loafer, and so for the more traditional gents attending university whose fathers wouldn’t dare let them step foot outside the house in boat shoes, the white buck was adopted as the shoe of choice. Today, bucks aren’t exactly popular, and most men about town opt for other footwear in their place. However, for the truly stylish gentleman, having at least one or two pairs of bucks is a testament to their sartorial prowess and an excellent example of a summer shoe that can be worn with a variety of outfits. At the very least, it will certainly get you noticed.