10 Must Have Summer Shoes [2012 Edition]

As the weather turns warmer, it is inevitable that thoughts of summer vacations spent at the beach come to mind. These then manifest into thoughts on the wardrobe required for such activities. Someone once told me that an outfit starts with the shoe. So, here is a list of shoes, just waiting for the right temperature to make an appearance.

Tods Gommino Driving Moccasins

There’s something just right about that bright colour of Tod’s Gommino Driving Moccasins for the warmer months. With the company’s reputation for making comfortable and effortlessly stylish shoes, what could go wrong? Buy through selected David Jones stores and Luisa boutiques. www.tods.com

Stubbs and Wootton Navajo Slipper

These Stubbs and Wootton slippers with Navajo-inspired prints are distinct enough to add a little visual interest to any outfit that needs that little extra detail. Understated luxury at its casual best. Buy through www.mrporter.com.

Quoddy Boat Shoes

Summer and Boat Shoes are inseparable. Usually worn dockside, they have since been adopted into mainstream fashion. Quoddy’s are hand sewn in Maine and are sleeker than others out there. This particular one in a bright mustard colour is just perfect for that summer stroll by the pier. Buy through www.mrporter.com

Rivieras Hot Roads 30°

A 1950’s designed shoe, it has not changed much since it was first produced. This is testament to their functionality and their quality. In canvas and cotton mesh, these are quick drying, breathable shoes that belong by poolsides spent waiting for summer to pass. Buy through www.mrporter.com

Mark McNairy Oh God Loafer

The contrast yellow rubber sole of this Mark McNairy tasseled loafers in green suede is simply a cool shoe. In case you missed it, the sole gives it that little extra attitude. Buy through www.markmcnairy.com

Bottega Veneta
Every one needs a little luxury, even in summer. Bottega Veneta gives us just that in a rubber soled slip-on topped with their signature Intrecciato weave in blue suede. The perforated leather insole is breathable for that extra comfort in warmer weather. Buy through www.mrporter.com.

Lanvin Low Sneaker

Lanvin makes good sneakers. It’s the way they mix unlikely elements to form something that works. For summer, this classic sneaker in navy suede with a cap toe that is almost a metallic patent leather provides just the right contrast and is a must have. Buy through www.lanvin.com.

Diemme Marostica Low

Makers of stylish hiking boots, I have always been a fan of their designs but could not get my head around feeling like a phony wearing hiking boots in the city. These, on the other hand, retains that rugged aesthetic but is essentially a sneaker for trodding around in. This, I can get behind. Buy through www.someday-store.com

Paul Smith+ John Lobb Westbourne

British quirk and tradition meet in this collaboration between Paul Smith and John Lobb to create this Westbourne oxford in green. They are dressy enough for any occasion that summer throws your way and the unconventional colour does away with the stuffiness of typical dress shoes. Buy through selected Paul Smith stores from Sept 1.

Common Projects

Made with polished burgundy leather with contrasting rubber crepe sole, these derbies are a fresh take on the ‘downtown cool’ vibe for this New York based brand known for their sleek understated sneakers. Buy through www.mrporter.com.

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