The 20 Best Shoes For Summer 2022

Fall may be the season when we really start dressin’, but summer is the season where we get to indulge in the warm weather relaxation with abandon—when we really kick back. And speaking of kicking back: Because you’ll be wearing less, each item in a given outfit has to be extra considered, especially your footwear. Those sneakers aren’t just grounding the look, they’re helping to define it. Those slides aren’t simply for shuffling, they’re for stunting, too. And those loafers? Well, they really pull the vibe together.

With all that in mind, it’s time to cop the perfect pair (or three) of summer shoes. Are you in the mood for some canvas plimsolls? Driving mocs? Are you a desert boot dude or a Birkenstock boy? These are the questions you have to ask yourself. And then, once you’ve plumbed the depths of your personality, go out there and get whatever your heart desires. The sun’s shining. The weather is warming. It’s time to—dare we say it?—really start dressin’. Start with the shoes.

Best Woven Summer Mules

City Slipper

Handmade in Athani Village, India, these Mohinders mules, made of intricately woven strips of brown leather, offer the richness and refinement that’ll turn heads.

Best Luxury Summer Sneakers

Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

Common Projects

Common Projects’ cool-guy, high-end sneakers are officially a modern-day icon. And if you’ve got the scratch, they’ll make a truly investment-worthy addition to your portfolio.

Best Vintage-Inspired Summer Sneakers

Killshot OG Sneaker

It was only a few years ago that it was nearly impossible to get your hands on the Nike Killshot 2, a low-slung sneaker that launched (what felt like) a billion blogs and had a nasty habit of selling out every time it released. Now, you can snatch it up with a little less hassle. And that’s great. But the real flex? Don’t opt for the sequel. Go with the OG version, which is a little sportier, a little more throwback in feel, and entirely right for the summer ahead.

Best White Summer Sneakers

Stan Smith Sneakers

Adidas Originals

The Stan Smith stays winning, especially in this new iteration made from a material that’s at least 50 percent recycled plastic but feels just like leather.

Best Summer Boots

Desert Boot Sand Suede

Clarks Originals

Best Summer Boat Shoes

Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoes

The boat shoe that started it all, now made with Ortholite cushioning—and, of course, that signature siped sole for traction—to make cruising the open sea that much easier.

Best Summer Driving Shoes

Gommino Suede Driving Shoes

Tod’s iconic Gomminos are basically built for cool Italian dudes sipping espresso on the banks of the Arno, or riding down the Amalfi Coast. And assuming you want to channel that vibe—why wouldn’t you?—they’re built for you, too.

Best Overall Summer Sandals

Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals


Wear ‘em around your house. Wear ‘em to the beach. Wear ‘em as you wade in the ocean (they’re waterproof!). Wear ‘em with socks, even. They’re so damn comfortable, you’ll want to explore all your options.

Best Summer Sneakers

Tree Runners

Say what you will about Allbirds, but the brand’s bouncy, breathable Allbirds will help your feet stay cool all summer long. Plus, they’re machine washable and you can wear ‘em sockless. A perfect formula for a summer shoe.

Best Fisherman Sandals

Wainscott Leather Fisherman Sandals

Ugg may be best-known for its winter-ready, shearling-lined stuff, but the brand also has some great summer-friendly styles, too. This super sleek fisherman sandal is proof.

Reverse Suede Loafers


Sleek and sophisticated, but not too serious. Leave it to Jerry Lorenzo and co. to absolutely nail the dressed-up summer shoe hat trick.

Best Beach Sneakers

Lace-Up Beach Sneaker

Amazon Essentials

Basic, comfy sneakers you can wear into the ground, whether it’s on a hot city street, countryside, or, if its name means anything, the beach.

Best Summer Skate Shoes

Old Skool Sneakers

If you want to fully embrace that laid-back, warm-weather vibe, go with a pair of sneakers worn by every California surfer and skater since the dawn of time (or since Vans first started making them).

Best Summer Tennis Sneakers

Club C 85 Sneakers

Inspired by old-school tennis style, and yet perfectly suited to right now.

Best High-Top Summer Sneakers

Chuck 70 High-Top Sneaker

There’s just something about that “fresh pair of Chucks” feeling.

Best Sporty Summer Sandals

DEPA-2CAB Eco Sandals

From the textured Vibram footbed to the foam rubber outsole, Suicoke has the perfect sandals for any and all physical activities once the warm weather arrives.

Best Summer Penny Loafer

Larson Weejuns Loafers

G.H. Bass & Co.

The grandaddy of penny loafers is looking pretty damn good for his age.

Best Designer Summer Slides

Logo Pool Slide Sandal

What is summer without slides? And if they’re stunt-worthy slides? Well, all the better.

Best Slip-On Summer Sneakers

Edge Leather Slip-On

Good Man Brand

Canvas is well and good, but luxe Italian leather is exactly what you need to take your go-to summer slip-ons to an effortlessly elevated place.

Best Luxury Summer Sandals

Arabia IV Slide Sandal

Armando Cabral

Come for the luxe Italian leather uppers. Stay for refined stitch details and textured patterns that gives these sandals that little something extra.

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Source : Esquire