Style meets comfort in these versatile kicks.
This boot goes with everything: slacks, jeans, even shorts. The suede can handle a few scuffs and look even better for it, and we love the plentiful color options. The crepe sole added a bit of spring to our step.
Lots of dress shoes come across as staid. The Durban—with a pop of color on the sole to contrast with the rich leather—does not. It’s equally at home in the office as it is outside at a summer barbecue.
Vans Slip-On SF
Forget the classic black-and-white checked slip-on. These days we opt for something a bit louder. This Vans style comes in lots of hues and designs, but our favorite is the seagull and fish pattern by Japanese artist Yusuke Hanai. It’s a fun nod to surf culture.
Don’t be fooled by the thick canvas upper. It’s plenty airy, ventilating our dogs on even the hottest days, while the thick laces, padded collar, and blocky toe box make for a relaxed, Margaritaville look. The antimicrobial footbed reduces funk should you elect to go sockless.
SeaVees Legend Clipper Class
Sneakers don’t scream slacker if they’re made from polished leather. The Clipper Class takes its name from the 1960s equivalent of upper-crust air travel, and it looks damn fine on the bow of a yacht. Or, even better, a whitewater dory.
Reef Ripper Tx
Yes, it has polka dots, but the real story is inside. The Ripper Tx is the most comfortable shoe here, with a contoured EVA insole that envelops and supports your foot. A wavelike pattern underneath the sole provides grip in wet and dry conditions.