what shoes to wear with shorts

On those extremely rare occasions the sun starts to shine on this island of ours, the beer gardens are absolutely heaving and the days are lasting until 10 at night, it’s time to slip yourself into a pair of short pants.

Now knowing exactly what shoes to wear with your shorts, at home or abroad, can cause quite the headache for some gents. Am I looking barking? Is it too casual/smart? That’s where we’ll help you out lads – here are 4 styles that will give you the long and short of what shoes to wear with your shorts.

Looking Sharp

Chino shorts – the delicious in between of smart and casual, making them a must have when the long trousers are back in the wardrobe. You don’t need to go too smart with them, you could add more casual trainers to the look. But to really get the best out of them, go with a nice crisp short sleeved shirt and a pair of Timberland Classic Boat shoes, to go for that summer gentleman vibe.

timberland navy classic boat shoes

Cool Casual

Just like your jeans, the denim short should just be like your bread and butter in warmer climates. From festivals to kicking about the town, denim shorts offer that bit more durability than other styles and are versatile enough to wear with any smart or casual ensemble.

Although we would probably go down the casual route more than the smart since it’s where it can really come into its own. T-shirt? Shirt? Go for both -layering is what you’re wanting. Pair them up with Vans Sk8 Hi’s – a true casual classic – you’re laughing my man.

vans black and white sk8 hi trainers

Pool Party

Right you’re next to the pool, or heading down to the beach, and you’re thinking of putting your trainers on. Nip that in the bud right away – do you really want to be continuously getting rid of sand or trying to dry off your sneaks after someone’s went a bit buck wild in the pool? Nah you don’t. So get a pair of pool slides to go with your swimming shorts. The old pastels are going down a treat this year as well, so go bold with a pair of Reebok Classic Slides.

reebok lilac classic pool slides

Street Style

Going to the gym or even just like to kick about in comfortable gear? Then when you’re wearing your casual sports shorts and a classic plain white T, sticking on a good pair of trainers is what you need – adidas EQT RF Primeknit is the perfect little number for you. We’re talking a long day of trekking round the town on a city break or visiting the market on your beach holiday – comfort is a must.

Even if you’re just going for a streetstyle look then you can’t go wrong with sport or jersey shorts and a pair of sporty trainers.

adidas white and grey eqt support rf primeknit trainers

So there you go. Sometimes matching your shorts with your shoes will come down to just comfort and context, but if you stick to our shoes and shorts guide you won’t be getting those weird looks walking about the street/beach/festival. We know what we’re talking about lads, trust us.