The 25 Best Mens Summer Shoes (2020 Edition)

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Deciding which kicks constitute the best mens summer shoes is a little harder than you might think.

For a lot of us, the best men’s shoes are the ones that have qualities similar to the ones we want to have ourselves: they’re good looking, sure, but they’re also tough, rugged, versatile and resilient.

The problem is that summer is the season when the livin’ is supposed to be easy. That kick-ass pair of casual boots that you usually wear with jeans might look awesome in the autumn, but it doesn’t pair well with the shorts, brighter colors and lighter fabrics that you wear in the summer.

Fortunately for those of us who want to look both laid back and masculine come summer, all is not lost.

Even when you keep your focus narrowed to shoes that work well in warm weather, there’s still a pretty wide selection of sharp, stylish and dapper options to choose from.

Below I’ve rounded up 25 of my top picks for the best mens shoes for summer, and categorized them based on both the type of shoe and the best occasion or situation in which to wear them.

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The Best Mens Summer Slip-On Shoes

Rounding up the best-looking loafers
The M.Gemi Sacca suede loafer

When you think about it, there’s really no reason why summer should lend itself more to slip-on shoes than any other season.

You would think that the convenience of pulling your shoes on quickly and not having to bother with laces would be equally appealing at all times of year, but for whatever reason, slip-on shoes like loafers have always had a distinctly summer vibe.

Maybe it’s because summer is the time for simplicity in all things, or maybe we just want it to be as easy as possible to slip our feet out of our shoes and into warm water or sand.

Either way, summer is a great time for slip-ons, and the options I’ve included below will allow you to look sharp as you keep it simple.

The Picks:

Beckett Simonon | Roy Loafer in Suede

Beckett Simonon | Roy Loafer in Suede

$199 ➤


M.Gemi | The Filare

M.Gemi | The Filare

$278 ➤


Bonobos | The Oxley

Bonobos | The Oxley

$198 ➤


M.Gemi | The Sacca

M.Gemi | The Sacca

$248 ➤


Johnston & Murphy | The Cormac

Johnston & Murphy | The Cormac

$299 ➤


The Best Mens Summer Shoes for No Socks

A collection of  dapper deck shoes and drivers
Sperry Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe

As a Canadian who has to keep his feet (and the rest of his body) wrapped up warm for much of the year, one of the absolute best things about summer is the ability to go sockless.

There’s just something so freeing about skipping socks and sliding your foot directly into your shoes, then slipping them off and going barefoot through the house, the sand, the water, or where ever you happen to be.

Deck shoes, also known as boat shoes, tend to make the best option for foregoing socks because they were literally designed to be worn while barefoot.

But as someone who doesn’t find himself on a deck or in a boat very often, I also like to skip the socks while wearing driving shoes—which share a lot of the same qualities as boat shoes, but give off a less nautical vibe—and even sneakers.

The Picks:

Sperry | A/O Boat Shoe

(Available in multiple colors)

Sperry | A/O Boat Shoe

$95 ➤


Beckett Simonon | Reid Sneakers

(Also available in multiple colors)

Beckett Simonon | Reid Sneakers

$149 ➤


M.Gemi | The Brolio Drivers

(Also available in multiple colors)

M.Gemi Brolio Drivers

$228 ➤


Johnston & Murphy | The Cort Drivers

(Also available in black)

Johnston & Murphy Cort Driving Shoes

$139 ➤


206 Collective | Boyer Boat Shoe

(Available in multiple colors)

206 Collective | Boyer Boat Shoe

$87 ➤


The Best Mens Summer House Shoes

Summer’s the perfect time to ditch your slippers
Sperry Authentic Originals

Here’s a little something about me you definitely didn’t know, and probably didn’t care to learn: my feet are always cold.

Even at the height of summer, when it’s 90 degrees and I’m perfectly comfortable stocking around the house in shorts and a t-shirt, my feet will be freezing if I don’t wear slippers or socks.

The trouble is that most slippers are made to be worn when the temperature is cooler, so they’re a little too insulated.

That means my feet go from feeling like they’re in the arctic to feeling like they’re in a sweaty sauna within a matter of minutes. (Like I said: you probably didn’t care to learn this—but I swear, I’m getting to the point. )

That’s where house shoes come in. Swapping out the thinsulate-lined slippers for lightweight shoes I can wear indoors keeps my feet warm (to say nothing of stylish) without overheating.

The Picks:

TOMS | Slip On Trainers

(Available in multiple colors)

TOMS | Slip On Trainers

$50 ➤


SuitSupply | Grey Loafer

(Also available in brown)

SuitSupply | Grey Loafer

$249 ➤


Bonobos | The Rhoads

(Available in multiple colors)

Bonobos | The Rhoads

$198 ➤


Sperry | Top Sider

(Available in multiple colors)

Sperry | Top Sider

$55 ➤


TOMS | Canvas Classics Slip-On

(Available in multiple colors)

TOMS | Canvas Classics Slip-On

$54 ➤


The Best Mens Summer Dress Shoes

Think summer means sneakers-only? Think again.
Suitsupply Oxfords

In my round up of the most stylish types of shoes for guys, I pointed out that the sleeker a shoe is, the dressier it is.

According to this definition, “dress” shoes tend to have a sharper toe shape, a thin outsole/welt and neutral laces and eyelets.

And summer is the perfect time of year to wear any shoe that meets that description.

Since the streets are clear of the debris, sleet and snow that covers them from fall to spring, you can wear your most stylish kicks without having to worry that they’ll get damaged by the conditions.

Plus, because the rest of your outfit is likely to be more casual, throwing on any of the sleek pairs of dress shoes below will immediately elevate the rest of your look.

The Picks:

SuitSupply | Cognac Oxford Brogue

SuitSupply | Cognac Oxford Brogue

$399 ➤


Beckett Simonon | Dean Oxfords

Beckett Simonon | Dean Oxfords

$199 ➤

| Dive Deeper:

M.Gemi | The Esperto

Also available in black

M.Gemi | The Esperto

$278 ➤


Johnston & Murphy | Hyde Park II Cap Toe

Johnston & Murphy | Hyde Park II Cap Toe

$319 ➤


Frye | James Oxford

Frye | James Oxford

$279 ➤


The Best Mens Summer Shoes with Shorts

Hint: keep your vintage Jordan 1’s on the court
Banana Republic Nicklas Leather Sneaker

When it comes to pairing shoes with shorts, it’s important to choose a shoe that complements the rest of your wardrobe.

For instance, when you’re rocking a plain white tee and a pair of blue shorts (like, say, Banana Republic’s excellent Aiden short), a simple sneaker is probably your best bet.

But if you’re wearing a button down shirt with a pair of crisp khaki shorts, a brown leather dress shoe will elevate the look, while a driving shoe or boat shoe will make it a little more laid back.

Regardless of which shoe is right for your particular get-up, the key is to make sure your shoe sits below your ankle. That means boots are definitely out, as are sneakers or athletic shoes that provide a lot of ankle support.

That is, unless you’re actually doing something athletic, in which case substance trumps style and you should wear the shoe that helps you perform your best.

Any of the options below should sit at the perfect place on your ankle (as will most of the options above, for that matter), and help you make the most of your summer style.

The Picks:

Beckett Simonon | Beaumont Loafers

Beckett Simonon | Beaumont Loafers

$199 ➤


Banana Republic | Nicklas Sneakers

Banana Republic | Nicklas Sneakers

$138 ➤


Johnston & Murphy | Milliken Penny

Also available in brown (but that blue is sick, and works great with white or khaki shorts)

Johnston & Murphy | Milliken Penny

$139 ➤


London Fog | Harrow Boat Shoe

London Fog | Harrow Boat Shoe

$30 ➤


Sperry | Men’s Striper II

Sperry | Men's Striper II

$70 ➤


What’s Next?

Now that you know which summer shoes will help you look sharp, you’ll be able to better allocate your clothes budget and elevate your warm-weather wardrobe.

But summer is only one season, and shoes, though definitely key, are only one piece of the puzzle that is a man’s style.

Men today dress way better than they did in our dad’s generation, and if you really want to keep up with the crowd – or better yet, stand out from it – you need to know how to nail the details.

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2 thoughts on “The 25 Best Mens Summer Shoes (2020 Edition)”

  1. Great list. Totally agree with you about that blue loafer from johhnston. Just might have to nab that one…

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