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The Best Men’s Summer Shoes

No-one wants to wear boots or smart shoes in the heat – but sometimes trainers, sandals or sliders aren’t right either. Invest in a pair of stylish, lightweight summer shoes that can be worn with smart trousers or shorts and you’re all set for any occasion.

Dune Flamini Red And Forlan Navy Espadrille

Dune Flamini Red And Forlan Navy Espadrille

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You’d be forgiven for stopping your search for a summer shoe here, whipping the credit card out and having done with it by picking your favourite of these two espadrilles. A stylish, affordable holiday shoe that suits sunnier climes.

Buy the Flamini on dunelondon.com (opens in new tab)buy the Forlan on dunelondon.com (opens in new tab) | £40 (currently reduced to £30)


Reiss Nacho Suede Penny Espadrille

Reiss Nacho Suede Penny Espadrille

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What do you do when you’re trying to make your design for an espadrille stand out? Change the colour? Change the stripes? Nah, if you’re Reiss you chuck on a strap from a penny loafer and make it suede. Bravo, Reiss. Bravo.

Buy on reiss.com (opens in new tab) | £110 (currently reduced to £75)


Trickers Adam Suede Loafer

Trickers Adam Suede Loafer

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Speaking of penny loafers, here’s a fine example with a leather sole from the great British heritage brand Trickers. One for the grand tour, not a grand ol’ time on the lash in Faliraki.

Buy on trickers.com (opens in new tab) | £375 (currently reduced to £215)


Castaner Striped Canvas Espadrille

Castaner Striped Canvas Espadrille

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Want to fit in (or stand out less) on a forthcoming city break to Barcelona? Then try this pair from a Spanish brand that takes traditional Catalan renditions as its jumping off point.

Buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab) | £75


Rivieras Classic 20 Mesh And Canvas Loafer

Rivieras Classic 20 Mesh And Canvas Loafer

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This is the type of shoe that you’ll buy, wear, then go back and buy another five pairs of so you don’t have to shop for summer shoes for the next decade. And we wouldn’t blame you.

Buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab) | £50


Castaner Suede Espadrille

Castaner Suede Espadrille

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If you’re a sliders-by-day type, adopt a suede-espadrille-by-night strategy to keep your feet looking, and feeling, cool.

Buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab) | £85


Sebago Nubuck Docksides

Sebago Nubuck Docksides

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If you’re likely to find yourself on a yacht this summer,these leather boat shoes will look the part nicely. Equally, if a booze cruise is on the horizon, the grippy rubber sole could be a lifesaver when you’re a little unsteady on your feet.

Buy on sebago.com (opens in new tab) | £114.99


Joules Ahoy Canvas Espadrille

Joules Ahoy Canvas Espadrille

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A fine choice if you’re looking for an affordable pair of espadrilles at the last minute. Just be warned: these run small, so order a size down.

Buy on joules.com (opens in new tab) | £59.95 (currently reduced to £29.95)


River Island Suede Tassel Loafer

River Island Suede Tassel Loafer

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Another fine choice for smart-casual evening wear when the mercury has stayed high.

Buy on riverisland.com (opens in new tab) | £45


Mulo Suede Espadrille

Mulo Suede Espadrille

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This London brand does away with the rope sole in favour of a durable rubber one, but we’ll forgive them for changing the defining feature of an espadrille and keeping the name thanks to the striking cobalt colour.

Buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab) | £135


Palladium Boots Pallaphoenix Canvas Pump

Palladium Boots Pallaphoenix Canvas Pump

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Like the cobalt did you? Well try this summery hue on for size – spiced coral. That’ll sit nicely beneath any colour of block shorts in your wardrobe, trust us.

Buy on palladiumboots.com (opens in new tab) | £55 (currently reduced to £27.50)

Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.