Whether you’re going for a walk, meeting with clients or gearing up for a night on the town, comfortable, quality footwear is a must for your daily activities. Are you a bit overwhelmed by the wide selection of shoes available? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll introduce you to the three hottest footwear styles of the summer. Depending on the weather and your plans for the day, these types of shoes can be paired with virtually any outfit.
- Casual shoes
Whether they’re made of leather or canvas, casual shoes are the perfect compromise between formal dress shoes and sneakers. What’s more, the styles available this season are both polished and unique. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can opt for shoes in a subtle, neutral shade or a bold, vibrant colour. However, if there’s a time of year to step outside your comfort zone, it’s definitely summer.
Even though you’re limited in the types of activities you can do during the pandemic, there’s no reason you can’t maintain your style. So slip on a pair of these trendy shoes for all your outings, from morning strolls in late spring to evenings out in early autumn.
A versatile type of footwear, casual shoes pair just as well with dress pants as they do with jeans and a sport jacket or your favourite collared shirt. And if you’re headed to the store, don’t forget your essential pandemic accessory: a mask. Available at Ernest, the Au Noir, Mavi and Anthony of London face coverings are well-made, comfortable and elegant.
- Athletic shoes
Are you looking for shoes that are the epitome of comfort? If so, a stylish pair of sneakers is the way to go. Whether they’re made of leather or canvas, this type of footwear can help you create a look that’s both refined and approachable.
This season, we’re particularly excited about the Geox models available. They’re sure to keep your feet dry with their breathable, waterproof soles. Sneakers from Florsheim are also top contenders, as their lightweight material and cushioned soles make it feel like you’re walking on a cloud. If you’re looking for comfort, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth with these shoes.
Additionally, keep in mind that wedge-heel shoes are a major trend this year. Do you have a pair with an athletic appearance that you can’t wait to show off in public? Pair them with your favourite jeans or chinos to create an outfit that’s casual yet well put together. To complete the look, just slip on a high-quality tee or a collared shirt made of cotton or linen.
- Leather loafers
The leather version of this classic shoe is a summer must, and with good reason. This practical type of footwear is easy to slip on and pairs well with just about any outfit. Depending on your mood and the weather, you can wear them with jeans, chinos, shorts, capris and more. Not sure which colour to choose? When in doubt, opt for a neutral tone that’ll go with anything, like black, cognac or navy.
If you’re not a fan of going barefoot inside your loafers, wear a pair of cropped athletic socks. These will keep your feet comfortable and sweat-free.
Tips for keeping your shoes in good shape
If you invest in a pair of high-end shoes, it’s in your best interest to take care of them so they remain in good condition for many summers to come. Depending on their material, there are assorted quality shoe care products you can use to maintain your footwear. From cleaning wipes and shine sponges to waterproof sprays, there are plenty of ways to keep your shoes in good shape. You might also want to avoid jumping in puddles or running through mud and wet grass in nice shoes.
Find first-rate shoes at Ernest
It’s a good idea to have at least three styles of shoes in your wardrobe to suit all your summer activities. In addition to a pair of casual shoes, athletic shoes and leather loafers, feel free to pick up some comfortable sandals for lounging by the pool or short walks on hot days.
To discover more wardrobe essentials and stock up on trendy, lightweight apparel for the summer, visit one of our stores or shop online from the comfort of your home.