Each week, DFW Style Daily’s Jim Duran examines an up-and-coming trend for men. Today, preppy kicks in primary colors are on his radar. Read on for picks to fit any budget, plus tips on how – and how not – to wear ‘em.
The summer months are the perfect time for you to express yourself with color. From Jil Sander’s electric blue suiting to race car red leather goods by Cole Haan, bold colors are the theme of the season. For maximum impact, however, a man must start with his shoes.
Boat shoes, drivers, loafers – top designers have selected Pantone primaries to sum up this summer’s footwear selection. Larger chain stores have also caught on to the trend.
For starters, Ralph Lauren delivered a Crayola spectrum of sumptuous suede shoes to his stores in recent months. Made in Italy, with hand-finished stitching, they are sure to please even the pickiest preppy.
Neiman Marcus and TOMS have also collaborated, producing limited editions of those classic slip-ons. Their sea creature prints and embroidered details would make Lily Pulitzer jealous.
Other brands like Sperry and Aldo offer shoes in an assortment of fabrics, prints, and colors. Sperry, creator of the original Top-sider, offers their classic style in a variety of brights, from red and blue suede to a chic tri-colored option. For the budget-conscious, Aldo delivers an amazing selection of colorful, well-priced (under $100) slides, equally capable of turning your friends green with envy.
Whether you decide to go high-end or mass market, there are a few things you must remember when wearing these fashion-forward kicks. First and foremost, I recommend you omit the socks. Haters may joke about guys’ ankles, but most ladies (and gents) are attracted to a man who can pull off the sock-less look with confidence.
Second, it’s important to choose a color that is reflective of your personality, one that speaks to you, I might say. In doing so, you will be more likely to wear your Skittle’d shoes with ease. We all want to feel secure in our appearance, especially when dipping our feet into uncharted fashion waters.
Finally, have fun with color, but keep your balance. Pair a red suede loafer with blue trousers and a white shirt. If you are making a statement down below, keep the look simple up top.
Follow my lead and I’m sure you’ll agree that a bold, bright shoe is among the most comfortable and stylish trends of the summer sole-stice.
(photos, from top: 1. TOMS Octopus-print slip-on, $78 at Neiman Marcus; 2. Men’s 3 Eye Boat Shoe by Band of Outsiders, $175 from Sperry Top-Sider; 3. Compiseno Mocs, $90 at Aldo Shoes; 4. Timberland Classic 2 Eye Boat Shoe, $54 from endless.com)