The best shoes to style with your summer suit

20 November 2017

With great weather comes great suiting. In general, summer suiting is lighter in colour and fabrication, and handsome footwear is the natural accompaniment. You might wonder which colour shoes suit the spring aesthetic. No matter the outfit, there is a stylish solution. Here is our guide on how to wear shoes with summer suits.

Lighter summer fabrics look better with shoes in lighter tones and fabrications. Colours like chestnut, tan and navy shoes look less business and more seasonal and come in leather, canvas or cotton. Black shoes are fine with traditional business suits, but there’s more opportunity to wear other coloured shoes when your suit is more exploratory. Summer is the perfect time to enhance your wardrobe with colour.

Loafers are the one summer choice no man should go past. More than just a slip-on, they’re a comfortable shoe that looks smart dressed both up and down. Loafers come in a range of styles and varying degrees of formality to suit the modern gent. There has been much debate whether a gentleman should wear loafers with a suit, but this debate is over. As long as the trouser leg sits correctly on the shoe and doesn’t bunch or catch inside the opening, it’s a strong look.

The perfect dress shoe for suits, monkstraps wear well with a business suit or dressed down with jeans and chinos. They have a vintage feel and are playful with coloured socks. Driving shoes are more casual and work best for casual wear, but should never be worn with a suit. Instead, wear them with casual trousers and a blazer for a relaxed look that still embodies style.

A casual derby shoe is perfect for tailored trousers, and with a linen suit, they’re the ideal shoes to wear. Brogues are a classic style that enhance all suits from plain cloth to seersucker. The decorative broguing transforms a shoe and never goes out of style. Try contrast-coloured laces for an unexpected twist. Suede wears well and is easier to care for than you think. A good suede brush and soft cloth are all you need to maintain a pair of suede shoes, such as desert boots.

Whatever the footwear choice, look your best this summer. Oscar Hunt has shoes available in store in a range of colours and styles. You can view Oscar Hunt's full collection of shoes online here.

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