A lot of cities across the globe just marked one whole year since the first lockdown. For many of us, those past 12 months have been spent largely indoors and in WFH footwear. Rotations have dealt out sandals, slippers, and, well, nothing at all. When we finally emerge back into the light of the real world this summer, shoe acclimatization might not come easy.
Enter — the advanced summer shoe.
Basically, it’s a natural meeting point of WFH comfort and the world’s continued obsession with hike-ready sneakers. Still slip-on and still laceless, advanced summer shoes offer you help up from the couch, preparing you for the real world by equipping Vibram soles, Contragrip, and beefed-up durability. Your ugg slipper is running scared.
From Diemme down to Salomon, we’ve picked out some favorites from the category we’re calling advanced summer shoes. Labels clearly recognize the heightened requirement for this type of footwear, too, with a wide range of new hybrids on offer, featuring everything from clog/ sneaker marriages to no-back wellies.
Diemme is an Italian label that specializes in mountaineering footwear. Here, Diemme sticks some outdoor prowess, namely a Vibram Fast Trail sole, on a step-in slide.
This is exactly what we’re looking for when talking advanced summer shoes. Specifically designed for summer walking, KEEN’s Zerraport melds a quick-drying mesh upper with an all-terrain, grip-ready rubber outsole.
If you haven’t seen the latest Salomon x and Wander capsule, go check it. Alongside scuba-like sneakers and poncho raincoats were these fire Speedcross sandals. That sole means business.
Hands down one of the wildest clogs I’ve ever laid eyes on.
How’d you make a welly summer-ready? Well, chop most of it off. That’s exactly what welly expert Hunter did when coming up with its Playclog.
Love everything adidas has done with Japanese label HYKE so far, and this season’s releases live up to those expectations. Where are you going? 7-Eleven or the moon?
The Bolzter continues to be one of the best things Acne is putting out right now. This beautiful monster combines the best qualities of sneakers and sandals and is absolutely perfect for a summer spent enjoying new freedoms (hopefully).
It’s a HOKA running sneaker, just not as you might know it.
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