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 beachwear 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. To do you one better, we’ve tossed in our favorite slip-on options too. Now, go forth and feel the wind on your ankles!
Mohinders City Slippers – $145
If you’re on the lookout for a playful slip-on that’ll stand out among the traditional shoes of summer, look no further than this pair of woven slippers from Mohinders. Crafted with water buffalo leather, these shoes are versatile and ultra-comfortable, as appropriate for an afternoon grill-out as they are for a rooftop happy hour.
Michael Kors Embossed Leather Flip-Flop – $228
For those of you who prefer the casual style of a flip-flop, you may want to consider this pair from Michael Kors. The embossed leather finish elevates these for a “grown-up look” that can transition from the beach to dinner and back again with ease. They’re also soft as hell.
SOLE Recycle Cork Beach Flip-Flops – $60
Built with soles made from 100-percent recycled cork, these beach sandals from SOLE are perfect for the eco-friendly guy. These shoes aren’t only easy on the environment, they’re also super comfy and lightweight, which makes them the perfect accessory for a day out in the sun.
Chaco Wayfarer – $130
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.
Hari Mari from the Scout Collection – $65
Need something simple for a day by the pool? Check out this pair of flip-flops from Hari Mari. Smooth leather 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.
Sea Star Beachwear BeachComber Espadrilles – $89
If you’re on the hunt for a pair of beach shoes that won’t expose your poor little toes to the sun, you can’t go wrong with this cheeky pair of espadrilles from Sea Star Beachwear. The classic silhouette is outfitted with waterproof neoprene and a protective rubber sole, making it the ideal companion for a leisurely stroll along the shore.
SeaVees Baja Slip-On – $68
These slip-ons put a twist on the minimalist sneaker with a series of perforations along its exterior. Aside from making these shoes look more fashion-forward, the small holes also help with breathability to keep your feet nice and cool in the summer of heat.
Sandals not really your thing due to gross Hobbit-like feet? Maybe try a pedicure to up your confidence.