If there’s one thing I can’t buy for Mike, it’s shoes. I can usually nail the shirt-and-tie combo, suits are a no brainer (blue Hugo Boss all day long), and even with jeans and tees I have a success rate of over 50%. But shoes? Not even close. The man is super picky about shoes. And so is Scotti’s husband, Zack. And, now that I think about it….so is my Dad. Is this a man thing?
In any case, when Nordstrom asked me to take a look at their selection of guys’ shoes (which, btw, is starting to rival their women’s selection), I turned the whole thing over to Mike and Zack, instructing them to pick shoes they would actually wear this summer.
True to form, their picks surprised me. So. From our guys to yours, here are our favorite summer man shoes.
1. Cole Haan Pinch Penny Loafer, $130
This might be my top pick. The sneaker bottom and conservative upper are a solid choice for skateboarding to work in a suit. These are like cool old-man shoes.
2. Born Allen Slip-On, $115
Just a really sweet weekend shoe. Wear these like sneakers – with jeans, shorts, whatever – but they’ll look way sharper.
3. Rockport Path To Greatness Slip On, $110
Similar to the Cole Haan – can’t decide which I like better.
4. Joe’s Vertu Espadrille, $185
Similar to the one above – another badass weekend shoe – but with unique styling.
Normally these things are $400, so when they’re on sale I jump. I like this color especially in the warmer months – goes great with lighter suits. And the monkstrap is a modern update on the oxford. Looks sleek.
6. Nike Tennis Classic Flyknit, $150
I wear these bad boys everywhere – date night, weekends, a spontaneous squash game. Super lightweight. Best all around summer sneaker.
7. New Balance Utility Sneaker, $80
Just a sweet design.
8. Havaianas Brazil Flip-Flops, $24
I’m a 90’s guy. I’ll always have a pair of flip-flops close by.
Shop Mike’s Favorites
1. Sanuk Admiral Boat Shoe, $60
My favorite summer shoe – I don’t wear sandals, so these are as close as I get. They’re lightweight, comfortable and can go in and out of the water.
2. Cole Haan ZeroGrand Wingtip, $270
A sweet dress shoe for work or weddings in the summer.
3. Paul Sperry Flex Deck Boat Shoe, $56
Sperrys are sweet and versatile.
4. Nike Jordan Eclipse Sneaker, $110
I never thought I’d like a pair of Jordan’s, but these are lower-profile and just a cleaner style.
5. Vans Cali – Era 59 Sneakers, $60
The classic summer shoe – wear with jeans or shorts.
Love this style of shoe for long bike rides or days when we’re out of the house all day. Comfortable.
I wear these everywhere. Classic Chucks will always be in style.
Converse shoes have always been my favorite. Will always be my favorite.
Shop Zack’s Favorites
What are your thoughts on the man-sandal? Mike is intrigued….but they still didn’t make his list of top picks. Hmmmm….
A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! There’s nothing my husband likes more than being woken up at 5AM to a cup of coffee, and a wife with a laptop: “I need you to pick out some shoes”. Haha, just kidding. But seriously – we’re always thrilled at the opportunity to help up Dad’s style game, and this was a fun one. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are our own. And readers, thank you so much for your continued support of The Mom Edit. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.
photo credit: Amanda Danziger