How to style mens shoes with shorts

If you want your summer outfit to look on trend, it’s vital to match your shorts with the perfect pair of shoes. Whether you’re rocking sliders or sneakers, there are plenty of combinations which will work well. 

We reveal how to make the classic shoes and shorts combination work every time. You’ll soon realise there is more to looking good than throwing on the first items you find in your wardrobe. Here’s the advice you’ll be relying on this summer every morning when you get ready to head out to the beach. 

Choose the Right Shoes for the Occasion   

This sounds like common sense, but it’s all too easy to find yourself walking into a posh restaurant in a pair of beach sliders because you didn’t head out prepared. Whatever shoes you go for, make sure they can adapt to any situation. For example, if you know you’ll be on the beach so you’ve slipped on your lime green Mallet sliders, but you know there’s a chance you’ll be getting dinner that evening, make sure you pack a stylish pair of sneakers like the Hoxton 2.0 Black Suede so you fit into any situation you find yourself in.  

Find the Right Fit  

Finding the right fitting shorts can make all the difference in how comfortable you feel. It's important that they fit your waist and aren’t too baggy. Nobody wants the embarrassment of having their shorts fall down because they went a size too big and didn’t check they fitted before buying them. To make sure you buy a pair that fits well, take proper measurements before going shopping, try several pairs on, and get a size that looks good without being overly tight or uncomfortable. When you find the perfect fit, you'll know it. 

Enhance Your Outfit with Accessories  

Enhancing your outfit with accessories can be a great way to freshen up a look that has become stale. Belts, hats, and sunglasses are essentials for amping up an outfit and making it more interesting. When you add a belt, you add interesting textures to a plain pair of shorts – especially if you add a stylish buckle or go for a belt with an unusual pattern. Plus, by adding a cap, not only are you staying protected from the sun but you’ll look both stylish and sophisticated. Don a pair of sleek black sunglasses and your beach outfit will be complete. 

Consider Colour Combinations  

When you’re putting your clothes on, consider the colours that you choose to create an eye-catching outfit. Complementary colours can help you stand out from the crowd, making you look stylish and confident. As a rule of thumb, ensure that the brightness level of each colour is similar - this will allow them to complement each other nicely. Plus, try wearing your complementary colours in different fabrics and textures. For example, you could go with a light blue t-shirt, a dark blue pair of shorts and a navy leather belt. 

Mix it Up 

You may have a trusty summer outfit or two that you wear over and over during the warmer season, but try stepping outside your comfort zone this year and wearing some new pieces. You can stick to the basic rule of shorts and shoes – it is bright sunshine outside, after all – but there are plenty of ways to look a little different each day. You can accessories with different sneakers that won’t absorb sunlight, like the Elmore Tumbled White, or mix and match with mens coloured sliders for beach days.  

Final Thoughts 

Making your shoes and shorts combo look good can be a difficult task, especially if you are used to wearing similar outfits on repeat. However, by having an awareness of different colour combinations, ensuring you pick the right shoes for the day you have ahead of you and upgrading your wardrobe with some well-fitting pieces, you’ll be ready to tackle the summer sun in style.