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Welcome to the dog days of summer.
As in: there are way too many guys showin’ off their tired, sweaty dogs out there.
Simply put, don’t wear sandals. No one wants to see those feet.
Instead, consider the slip-on. A nice pair of espadrilles, boat shoes or loafers will keep you cool and walk you comfortably from beach casual to dressier affairs.
Herein, our 10 picks for summer-worthy slip-ons. And we threw in a few deals, too.
For dressier occasions: Loafer by Leonardo Principi
A handsome, no-frills calfskin loafer with leather lining and sole, a square heel and a sale price (currently 21% off).
For beach fun in any weather: Native Apollo Moc
Native uses “future fibers” to make shoes that feel lighter than air. This microfiber moc is perforated to keep your feet cool and dry.
For dressing up and down: Castaner Pablo Canvas Espadrilles
Half slipper, half shoe, all summertime ease. More relaxed than a loafer, more personality than a boat shoe or driver, and has the added distinction of being able to both elevate printed shorts and dress down a suit.
For sneaker addicts: Onitsuka Tiger Appian
Laceless leather kicks with contrasting side panels and anti-slip, high-traction outsoles.
For convenience: Allbirds Wool Lounger
Incredibly lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking. Colorful (hello, “Kotare Plum”) and machine washable, too. But based off of experience, ignore the “sockless” claim and do put on some (no-show) socks.
For celebrity foot worship: Rivieras Tour De Monde
These slip-ons are at the exact nexus of affordability, style and quality (the terrycloth lining is a nice touch). Leo, a man that can afford whatever he wants, wears the hell out of these $90 shoes (and right now they are $69).
For the fashion forward: Fingerprint Indigo Jacquard
These cool herringbone slip-ons from The Hill-Side are sewn and assembled by hand ... and the non-repeating woven pattern means each pair is unique.
For ship adventures: Boothbay Boat Shoe
A staple of seafaring men and blazer-sporting prepsters alike. Cole Haan’s soft nubuck take on boat shoes ups the look and the comfort level. (Also, CH has a great sale on loafers while you’re looking.)
For disrupting summer “white parties”: Vans OG Classic LX
Off-white canvas slip-ons with thick rubber soles from the skate/surf lifestyle gurus. Also: damn cheap ($60).
For your Italy adventures: M. Gemi The Sacca
Completely unlined and incredibly packable. This flexible suede loafer is made by hand in Italy, and should be worn without socks.