It’s really easy to throw on an old pair of tennis shoes or a pair of flip flops and call it a day during the summer, but think first before you do, guys. After all, wearing shorts only draws more attention to your legs, and thus, your shoes. If you aren’t sure what shoes will look best with your go-to shorts, here’s a helpful primer that will get you sorted.
When You Wear Tailored Shorts
Tailored shorts are always a smart look and allow you to breathe a lot better at outdoor parties and similar events than trousers would. So the trick here is going to be pretty simple, actually: you need to pair your tailored shorts with aptly refined looking shoes.
That means you’ll be getting out the Brogues or Oxfords, both of which look great with tailored shorts. If you’re not attending an event and just wearing your tailored shorts for a day on the town or to run errands, try some loafers or driving shoes in suede or leather. Just keep in mind that no matter what, you’ll want no-show liners or socks. If it’s really hot, dark leather sandals will suffice if they aren’t scuffed up or overly worn from previous use.
When You Wear Chino Shorts
Chino shorts are what most men find themselves wearing throughout the summer on a typical day. They provide a lot of versatility, comfort, and great fashion options for a season when it’s very easy to feel like you don’t have a lot of choices.
Boat shoes are the real go-to with chino shorts. This can even work for fairly formal events. If you have a big day planned, go for a pair of minimalist trainers that will keep you comfortable and allow you to look your best, day or night. If you’re not keen on either of these options, try out some suede loafers, which will likely be more your style.
When You Wear Athletic Shorts
For more sporty occasions or when you want a more streetwear feel to your attire, pair your athletic or jersey shorts with designer trainers, runners that aren’t worn out from, you know, actual running, or high-tops.
You can also try a pair of canvas plimsolls or even pool sliders, depending on what your plans are for the day. The key here is to stay away from anything loud or which is actually used for athletics.