Men’s Business Casual Shoes for Summer

I’m going to keep things simple for you and advise that you actually only need TWO types of footwear for your summer shoe. Especially for business casual purposes:

1. A great sneaker

2. A versatile loafer

With these two options, you will actually be able to make more outfit options out of fewer items in your closet, one of the ultimate goals I have in my men’s personal styling services with clients. 

Here are my top picks for Men’s summer business casual shoes.

Summer business casual shoes for men 1. A great sneaker

You probably have already seen many posts and influencers featuring men wearing white sneakers, zzzz. 

At this point, they are a fashion staple in every man’s closet and can be worn in a business casual work environment and with casual wear. Let’s consider some versatile options beyond white.

Why I selected it:

Gray is the new white when it comes to sneakers. 

This pick is a summer-friendly light gray with just the right material for summer. Choosing breathable options that will not trap heat is important, and this knit texture is an example of one that won’t leave your feet sweaty by lunchtime. 

These sneakers are also 100% vegan and machine washable.

My Insider Styling Tip:

Pair these with almost any trouser, shorts, or even a monochromatic gray outfit, which focuses on going from lighter to darker grays top to bottom. Gray is also a core color I focus on integrating for clients, which makes it easy to mix and match with almost anything in a capsule wardrobe. 

Pacer Taupe | To Boot New York

Why I selected it: 

Another alternative to white is an underappreciated color: taupe or tan (as most people call it.)

This brownish-gray hue provides versatility and can be worn with just about any other color. 

It adds a sophisticated, unexpected, and modern touch to any business casual outfit. These sneakers are a better alternative to brown dress shoes which can come off as stuffy or less approachable. 

Too Boot offers high-quality men’s shoes, and is one of my go-to brands for my personal styling clients. Many of the styles, including this one, are hand-crafted in Italy. In addition, the texture of the suede fabric adds visual interest to any outfit, as it doesn’t look flat and will give you outfit some “oomph.” 

My insider styling tip:

When it comes to creating memorable outfits, you want to make sure that you’re incorporating texture. What does that mean? 

Check out the picture on the right . Notice how the clothes aren’t ‘flat’- they are interesting to look at and have some dimension to them, especially that sweater.

Incorporating suede is one of the best ways to add texture to your outfits. Whether it’s with your sneakers or jackets- you can’t go wrong!

Summer business casual shoes for men 2. A loafer

I encourage my male styling clients to not shy away from high-quality investment pieces that they will wear for years to come. 

Loafers fall into this category, and my philosophy on those is to buy an excellent pair of top-notch loafers and keep them forever as a staple in your business casual wardrobe.

Summer Walk Suede | Loro Piana

Why I selected it:

When shopping for a summer loafer, look for “unlined,” which will ensure better airflow in hotter months. 

These 100% suede, Italian made shoes are high quality and won’t wear out in just a few seasons. If you are investing in one pair, choose a more neutral color and save your second pair for that pop of color.

My Insider Styling Tip:

We all know you get what you pay for in life…especially when it comes to your style. The reason why these loafers are hundreds of dollars?

They were made by hand in Italy and the fabric they are using is top notch. When you decide to invest in upgrading your style, ensure that you’re investing in the right quality pieces to take your look up a few notches.

Why I selected it:

Some offices are on the more formal side of business casual, and for these atmospheres, a classic penny loafer is a closet essential. 

The shoes are hand-made in Italy, made of calf-skin, and the finish is applied by hand to each pair. 

This  pair are lined, which I recommend in some cases because it provides a bit more comfort and structure to your footwear, although it may not be as cool for outdoor events.

The burgundy color is formal but better than black for summer wear, as black can read too harsh in the summer and look heavy. These loafers come in a variety of colors, and even offer women’s options.

My Insider Styling Tip:

Remember, most brands produce their best selling styles every season, and offer new fabrics and colors. This penny loafer falls into that category. 

Keep things simple for yourself and find the right styles that fit you best, then buy multiple colors- nothing wrong with systematizing your wardrobe.



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Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.

 

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