Summer is a difficult time to maintain some sort of decorum, as much as you may feel like stripping your shirt off, opening a tinny and have a good ruck with some Russian fans in Marseille (actually we really hope that isn’t what you fancy) in reality most people still need to go to offices, restaurants and all things in between. The formality of the summer months is normally more relaxed, probably a charming hangover from school summer uniforms. However shoes can be especially tricky, only Jesus ever really managed to go to work in Sandals and carry if off and a lot of the times trainers just aren’t smart enough so here is a handy guide to five different alternatives that should fit well in any wardrobe.
Pointer – Seeker in Hickory Stripe
Pointer are a brand that has floated around for a while without really being recognised in the market and recognised for there very good, relatively casual and well made footwear. The Seeker is a case in point, nice chunky sole, really nice hickory stripe upper (that’s the same fabric as overalls are made of) generally all round good summer shoe.
Hudson – Houghton III in tobacco Suede
No list of summer shoe alternatives would be complete without a desert boot and although Clarks are the classic this alternative from Hudson is slightly less seen, has a slightly more rounded toe and a less slippery sole, all good things when shifting between showers and bright sunshine
YMC – Slacker Trainer in cream
A very nice rendition of what is essentially a nicely made plimsoll from the creative London based design house, the canvas sole is both lightweight , a little more grown up than a Van and if you fancy something more lux comes in a leather and a suede.
Bass – Camp Moc Jackman
Bass are good at classics, possibly because they invented half of them and their deck shoe is no exception, although it can smack slightly of the kings road or the Kennedy child that never was a good boat shoe is a summer essential and the quality for price of Bass is hard to beat.
Kickers – Classic Kick Hi in Tan
Although best known for a school shoe brand Kickers actually has more to it and if you take a lot of their styles in other colours they make surprisingly wearable and good value shoes. This kick hi in tan treads the casual balance perfectly and £85 really can’t be argued with.