In the summer, we would prefer to go barefoot, but the reality is "no shoes, no shirts, no service" tends to get in the way. For whose lifestyle allows them to live in flip-flops, we commend you. For most of us, we require a more diverse set of warm-weather options.

So what really makes a great summer shoe? First, comfort. In the summer, we live outdoors, and we're constantly on the go. The shoe has to feel great straight out of the box and feel even better after the mile hike. Second, breathability. Ultimately, feet hate to be hot. And if you're like me, you rarely open your sock drawer between Memorial and Labor day. Lastly, versatility. Summer shoes need to work with a whole range of looks (think shorts and jeans) and settings (office and the yard). To wrap this all in a single shoe is a difficult feat (get it?), but we think we have four that will get you there.

The Nomad Lace-Up by Patara

The All-Day Summer Shoe - Patara Nomad 

Look good without breaking a sweat in these lightweight lace-ups. Dressy enough for the work but casual enough for any outdoor adventure, these get five stars for versatility. 

Our favorite feature: a super light and supportive cork sole that makes the shoe as comfortable as they are breathable. And with sustainable sourcing, you will feel as good about what you're wearing as your feet feel when you wear them. Shop The Nomad here.


The Brown Tolliver Loafer by Tangier

The Go-Anywhere Loafer – The Tangier Tolliver Flex Loafer

It is quite possibly our favorite loafer ever. It's ultra-flexible, lightweight, and designed specifically for warm-weather wear. French water-resistant suede protects them from the elements and keeps your feet cool all summer long (suede breaths much better than leather). The versatile dress/casual look makes them the perfect choice for a weekday dinner out or weekend away. Available exclusively at


The Loden Lione Sneaker by Ascot and Charlie

The Essential White Sneaker - The Ascot and Charlie Leone Sneaker

These are the best sneakers we have ever worn. Designed in France, each pair is hand-made in Italy. The design is minimal, but far from boring, leading to an elegant shoe that you can wear in any setting. And amazing comfort! Chalk it up to pillow-like insole, a cushioned heel, and a spacious enough width for a wider foot without looking like a clog. Available for the first time in the U.S. at Ledbury

The Grey Kingstowne Kudu Boot


The Do Anything Boot – The Tangier Kingstowne Kudu Boot

Everyone needs a least one boot in the summer, and this is it. After all, it rains, you'll go on hikes, or you might escape to cooler climates. 

Go laceless (perfect for getting through TSA) with a Chelsea style that hits just above the ankle. The Kudu (African antelope) is ferociously durable and surprisingly lightweight. The hide is also naturally a bit distressed, so roughing them up only makes them better. Go for the Gaucho color, and you have a boot that pairs with any pants and will be a favorite for the Summer, Fall, and the next ten years.  

May 04, 2021 — Paul Trible