If the sun’s out and you want to feel the sand beneath your feet, get yourself to a beach — but don’t skimp on style. An upgraded pair of stylish sandals for summer can actually work wonders for a laidback look. Men’s sandals of years past were often easily disposable, oft-forgotten and not too well-constructed, either. But this year’s crop features details like premium leather, eye-catching colors and a dash of street style cool. Adding a nice pair to your summer gear can round out a warm-weather beach get-up alongside stylish summer sunglasses just as easily as a pair of slim leather loafers might complement a more traditional work-week look. Trust us — it can be done. Shop our picks for the most stylish men’s sandals below, and complement these picks up with other summer style essentials.
GREATS Canarsee in Cargo [$149]
Think summer is all about traditional flip-flops? We’ve got plenty of those coming, but these are something else. In addition to its selection of classic sneakers, GREATS has done a fine job expanding its line. In this case, that means a pair of stylish, technically minded sandals that were co-signed by none other than style icon Nick Wooster. That’s great news for you, as it means the GREATS Canarsee is premium, sturdy and fashion-forward without being too ostentatious.
Reef teamed up with Japanese brand Boy + Girl for a style-minded upgrade to its Reef Voyage sandal, complete with a premium cotton webbing upper and premium raw leather footbed. They also incorporate an anatomically correct arch support and Vibram lug outsole for perhaps the most performance-minded pair of sandals on the market.
It’s tough to mention sandals without mentioning the Birkenstock brand, which has come back into vogue in a big way in the past few years. The Amalfi Leather Sandal is one way to keep your feet breathing free and easy while still looking stylish; they’re definitely not a pair of gas-station flip-flops, and that means they’ll look right at home on the boardwalk or the beach.
Havainas is yet another brand taking on the regular flip-flop and doing so in style, and they’ve built an empire out of one simple silhouette. Its Urban Premium Flip-Flop incorporates a leather strap and textured footbed, along with a treaded sole for a smooth walk from your car to the beach. Again, these are another upgrade to a traditional style.
Lest we forget yet another classic surf brand, Quiksilver is yet another brand you should explore when on the hunt for stylish men’s sandals. The Carver Full-Grain is made from eye-catching, reliably cool tan full-grain leather, and it’s a step up in quality and construction from the last pair of flip-flops you grabbed from the checkout line. If that’s something you can get on board with, grab a pair and rock them with slim chino shorts on your next boardwalk outing, too.