Men's summer shoes and how to style them

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your summer wardrobe out and refreshing it ready for this season. From flip flops and sandals to boat shoes and loafers, when it comes to men’s summer shoes, there are plenty of styles to choose from depending on the occasion. We may not know how our summers will pan out, but there’s no time like the present for revamping your wardrobe.

When it comes to choosing your next pair of summer shoes, comfort is key! So, as well as style, consider practical factors such as materials as you’ll want shoes that are breathable in warm weather. Clarks has a summer collection designed for unbeatable all-day comfort, here’s our top picks of men’s summer shoes, with tips on how to style them this season…

Best Boat Shoes for Men

Boat shoes are a classic summer staple and the perfect shoe if you’re channeling smart casual. Originally designed to be worn by sailors, they’re typically made from canvas and leather and are designed to dry quickly when wet, making them ideal for on the beach, the deck or even on a summer walk when the weather is somewhat precarious.

At Clarks, we have boat shoes in suede, leather and canvas styles. Our collection offers a fresh twist on nautical styling by teaming cutting edge technology with premium materials. Check out our Pickwell Sail boat shoes in a variety of nautical colour combinations with subtle stitching details, or explore our Batcombe Sail shoes for a new take on the boat shoe silhouette.

How to Wear Boat Shoes

Boat shoes are versatile and can be styled up or down. Team with chinos and a polo shirt and layer a sweatshirt on top on cool summer evenings, or pair with jeans and a shirt or shorts and t-shirt for everyday wear.

Man Wearing Brown Boat Shoes

Best Flip Flops for Men

No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of trusty flip flops. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pottering around the garden, flip flops are easy to take on and off, easy to clean and they’re fast drying.

Our collection of men’s flip flops features both textile and leather styles. We also have a range of men’s flip flops with arch support for ultimate comfort.

How to Wear Flip Flops

There’s not much to say when it comes to styling flip flops. Pair with shorts and a t-shirt for a true taste of summer or use them to dress down a smart-casual summer outfit of chinos or linen trousers and a shirt.

Best Loafers for Men

Loafers are a wardrobe staple, the main benefit being that they can be slipped on and off easily, as by definition they have no laces. There are many different types of loafer to suit different styles and tastes, and one of the most popular is the penny loafer, featuring a leather strap with a diamond-shaped cutout.

Clarks has men's loafers in a variety of styles, materials and colours. Try our Ernest Free loafers for a classic leather pair in tan or black, or for a suede pair in tan or navy try our Reazor Penny loafers.

How to Wear Loafers

Loafers toe the line between smart and casual. Style premium leather loafers with smart casual attire for more formal occasions or create a relaxed look by teaming suede loafers with jeans and a casual shirt, t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Man Wearing Black Loafer Shoes

Best Sandals for Men

When the sun is well and truly shining, nothing beats a pair of men’s sandals. Along with flip flops, they’re the closest you can get to being barefoot while still wearing shoes.

Our collection of men’s summer sandals features styles made from leather or textile, with both smart and casual pairs on offer depending on your needs. Flat sandals can often lead to discomfort after a day on your feet, but our men’s sandals have arch support to keep you comfortable all day long.

For casual, minimalist style, check out our Sunder Cross sandals in black or tan leather, or embrace summer to the fullest with our Sunder Slide sandals in black, tan or sage.

Best Men’s Sandals for Walking

If you’re a keen walker, you’ll know the importance of comfortable and supportive walking shoes. Walking sandals offer more coverage than a regular sandal and are ideal for summer hikes.

Our walking sandals are designed with adjustable straps, durable soles and cushioned padding for ultimate comfort on long summer walks. Explore our Tri Cove Trail sandals for a pair that are ultralight, with three-part adjustability, or for extra coverage check out our Brixby Cove walking sandals.

How to Wear Sandals

There’s really no incorrect way to style sandals. Wear a pair of leather sliders with shorts and a t-shirt or add a summery twist to smart casual with a pair of toe-post sandals.

Best Trainers for Men

Trainers are a go-to year-round, but they’re particularly ideal for summer when you want support and coverage combined with breathability. Look for breathable fabrics like canvas and suede for ultimate comfort.

Our collection of men’s trainers features a range of styles for everyday wear, in a variety of designs, materials and colours. For a classic sports casual look, try a pair of our Un Costa Lace trainers, or for added fun check out our Un Costa Band trainers, featuring retro-inspired pops of colour.

Mens White Trainers

How to Wear Trainers

Summer is a good excuse for stepping away from dark coloured trainers and embracing something fresh. A classic white pair of trainers will add a contemporary feel to any outfit, while a beige or blue suede pair will add a touch of interest. Trainers work with anything from shorts and t-shirts to chinos and shirts. Style with pulled-up socks for a sporty aesthetic or wear invisible socks for a no-sock look.

Explore our collection of men’s summer shoes and find your perfect pair for the warmer weather.