Sandals have always had a bad reputation, and it’s unfortunately, because as any man (or woman for that matter) who has ever worn them will tell you – they’re super comfortable. Some men think it’s not worthwhile splurging on designer sandals, because they’re mostly for the sand and beach, but the truth is, sandals don’t have be just for the seaside. A well-made pair of designer sandals can often be the perfect footwear on any guy for summer.
This season, we’re seeing designers put twists into their sandals. There are also some heavy gladiator influences in the footwear as well as intricate woven details. Of course, there are also modern interpretations of the designer sandal, with leather shoes featuring laser cut outs. Here are our top 10 designer sandals for men this season.
Saint Laurent Black Studded Sandals for Men
Embodying the tough-luxe trend for this season, Saint Laurent as created a multi-strapped studded sandals in a classic design. Wear them with chino shorts and basic tee for a laidback summer look.
Alexander McQueen Distressed Leather Lace Up Sandals
With its subtle washed effect and distressed markings, these sandals ticks the ‘effortless sartorialist’ box. It has a laced-up design that makes it a tad more formal than other sandals, making it perfect with a white linen shirt for the summer weather. Made in Italy.
Pierre Hardy Mens Black Gladiator Sandals
If there’s one pair of sandals a man should invest in, it’s gladiator sandals. This pair from Pierre Hardy is exactly what makes a timeless design – it has smooth calfskin throughout and the spiral ankle strap has a neat pin-buckle closure. We like the fact that it’s black and not brown like many other sandals.
Paul Smith Oskar Cut-Out Leather Sandals
Trust Paul Smith to produce a pair of cut-out leather shoes that double up as sandals. Strictly not to be worn to the beach, this pair of sandals can be paired with rolled-up denim jeans and a simple white tee.
Alvaro Leather Sandals for Men
Italian designer Álvaro González always produces luxurious solutions to everyday items and these exquisite hand-crafted sandals are no exception. Made from specially selected supple leather with a mottled finish resulting from the tanning process, they are agelessly sophisticated. Wear them with linen trousers or a light summer suit to complete the look.
K. Jacques Barigole Sandals
The price is just right when it comes to these thoughtfully-constructed sandals from French designer K. Jacques. At just USD370, these are the ultimate stylish sandals that won’t break y0ur wallet. Made from soft calfskin with an adjustable buckle.
L’eclaireur by Officine Creative Black Leather Sandals
The criss-crossing straps in this men’s sandals can only mean it’s made in Italy. It’s likely a homage to films like Gladiator and 300. Not only are these sandals comfy, but they also look modern with a slim silhouette. Pair it with black denim and a simple top and you’re ready to go.
Alexander McQueen Multi-strap Sandals
This criss-cross multi-strap sandal from Alexander McQueen is an interesting take on the class Gladiator scandal. The green and black leather gives it a casual look and we like the attention to detail with its grip at the bottom of the sole.
Carven Black and Nude Leather Sandals
Sandals enviably come across as being casual, yet this black and nude leather sandal from Carven is best described with the term ‘futuristic’. This pair of sandals is to be worn with ankle-length trouser and a simple tee for an effortless outfit.
Valentino Textured Leather Sandals
Textured leather on sandals is a perfect match, as demonstrated by this pair by Valentino. Not only do we love the understated design, but the colour is also uniquely dyed.