We’re in the middle of summer, which means most men between the ages of 20 and 40 have been wearing that tried-and-true pair of boat shoes to beat the heat.
It’s a default option, but it’s far from the only option. Men have a plethora of choices in the summer-shoe department. There’s a whole world of moccasin-inspired summer footwear just waiting to be explored — before summer ends.
With four alternatives as good as these, there’s no excuse to wear those familiar, worn-out boat shoes from now until it’s time to break out the boots again.
Oak Street Bootmakers
Oak Street Bootmakers Beefroll Penny Loafer ($US328).
No longer relegated to the closets of the prep, the penny loafer has gained acceptance as a three-season casual shoe. It’s a definite step up from the boat shoe — and it will get you noticed.
The pair pictured is the Oak Street Bootmakers Beefroll Penny Loafer.
Cole Haan Grant Driver ($US168).
Many men are now donning the driving moc for activities other than driving. They have a refined yet laid-back vibe that’s ideal for summer in the city. The driving moc is often considered the penny loafer’s sportier, more-Euro cousin.
The pair pictures is Cole Haan’s Grant Driver.
L.L. Bean Camp Moc ($US79).
A very close relative of the boat shoe, the camp moc even has the same wraparound leather lacing and general profile. However, the front lacing sets it apart, with a distinctive row of metal eyelets.
The pair pictured is L.L. Bean’s Camp Moc.
Rancourt & Co. Ranger Moc for Brooks Brothers ($US240).
The blucher moc ditches the wraparound lace in favour of a full four-eyelet system. This changes the profile of the shoe but still provides that low-profile, moc-toe summer look with the oh-so casual spirit we love.
The pair pictured is Rancourt & Co.’s Ranger Moc for Brooks Brothers.