If the sun’s out and you want to feel the sand beneath your feet, get thee to a beach — but never, under any circumstances, skimp on style. While poorly constructed flip-flops may have worked in the summers of your youth, you’re a grown-ass man now and it’s time to up your footwear game.
Don’t know where to start? Never fear! We’ve compiled some of our favorite sandals for the upcoming season. They’re eye-catching, playful, and designed with the kinds of premium materials that’ll have you looking like a million bucks all summer long. Now, go forth and feel the wind on your ankles!
Best Sandals for Men this Summer
While you may be familiar with Chaco’s iconic hiking sandals, you may not know that the brand also has a dressier version all done up in leather. These shoes are just as supportive as their cloth brethren, but are sure to look a lot more stylish as you make your way through a busy summer weekend.
On the prowl for a pair of ultra-comfortable flip-flops that also happen to look super fly? Then you may want to consider these beauties from Olukai. Built with a supportive, rubber footbed and premium leather straps, these sandals are as appropriate for a day out on the shore as they are for happy hour drinks with the boys.
Need something simple for a day by the pool? Check out this pair of flip-flops from Hari Mari. Moisture-wicking hemp insoles are complemented by a memory foam toe post, ensuring the ultimate in contouring fit. Plus, a layer of firm arch supports makes them great for all-day wear.
If you’re in the mood for some playful summer footwear, check out the match sandal from Camper. Easily adjustable webbed straps give way to a sporty sandal featuring no-slip soles ideal for low-impact hikes, lazy walks along the beach, or outdoor brunches with pals. Pair with jeans, linen pants, or your favorite pair of shorts and you’re all set!
For those who desire the ease of a sandal, but don’t want to sacrifice their personal style, we’d recommend the Banya leather slides from Saturdays NYC. Sleek, subtle, and urbane, these bad boys are tailor-made for the city slicker looking to catch those summer vibes. While you could wear these with colorful separates, I suggest going all-black to catch that monochromatic flow.
Sometimes, chunky sandals are just the way to go, and there’s no better option than this pair from ECCO. The combination of contouring cork footbed and smooth nubuck leather straps makes for a sandal that’s optimized for performance — and comfort. Perhaps not the dressiest pair on this list, but a versatile one that’s sure to see you happily through warm weather days.
For something a little unorthodox, why not snag these calf hair slides from Dries Van Noten. Though the feel is … um, a tad different, the effect is absolutely stunning. Pair with dark pants and a bright, linen top for a summer look that’s breezy and sophisticated. And while you can wear these out and about town, we wouldn’t suggest letting them anywhere near water.
Sandals not really your thing due to gross Hobbit-like feet? Maybe try a pedicure to up your confidence.