The New Breed Of Summer Shoes
The unstructured sports jacket is part of the ideal look for warmer weather. “It’s reminiscent of that quintessential Italian or European style,” says Kevin Eisenberg, a senior buyer with Harry Rosen. Kevin says that the more relaxed vibe of these kinds of jackets pairs great with other dressed-down details: “It’s perfect with soft, lightweight, flexible shoes, like casual loafers or even sneakers — preferably worn without socks.”
Men have been ditching socks more and more often lately, especially as the weather warms up and men’s style gets more open and forgiving. And that trend complements the easy-going feel of the unstructured look perfectly. Pair an unstructured sports jacket with casual shoes, sleek denim or chinos, and forgo the socks, and your low-key summer look is complete.
It’s become more acceptable in recent years for men to wear more casual shoes to the office and in settings that were previously reserved for formal dress shoes only. Now there are a lot of great ways to dress down your look while still appearing professional and impeccable.
This pair of Italian Gommino moccasins by Tod's, made of dyed pale-grey nubuck and lined along the sole with pebbled rubber, would pair beautifully with an unstructured navy sports jacket and a slim pair of dark denim jeans.
More laid-back still are these suede brogue wingtips by Hogan, finished in a subtle light brown that’s just right for summer. Pair with light denim jeans for a throwback look that’s perfect for the season.
For a truly easy-going look that’s still exacting and stylish, try a crisp pair of bright white leather sneakers, like these stunning low-tops by TOM FORD. Their full-grain Italian leather will positively gleam in the summer sun, and paired with a soft suit jacket and jeans or chinos would stand out from a mile away.
On the slightly more formal end is this pair of penny loafers, handcrafted from sumptuous, textured deerskin leather by Henderson and designed exclusively for Harry Rosen. The penny loafer looks fabulous worn without socks, and paired with a fine pair of grey dress pants and an unstructured navy or black suitcoat would give off an effortless vibe without sacrificing an ounce of class or polish.