How to Style Sandals for Summer.

Your comprehensive guide to
rocking this summer look.

Written by Maddie Howard

Sandals have been a summertime
staple since the 90’s, but somewhere down the line someone decided to combine
the practical breezy footwear with socks, and things just got messy. We here at
The GentleManual decided it’s high time sandals (a.k.a mandals) get their
well-deserved redemption into the fashion world. Here are the hottest styles of
sandals for summer 2018 and how we suggest you style them
Types of Sandals

Slide on sandals

Men's Slides Sandals
Slides are perhaps the most
widely accepted sandal at the moment, re-popularized by the luxury Gucci
slides. Rubber slides are the perfect summer shoe because they are durable and
can’t be damaged by water. However, you don’t have to spend big bucks to
achieve this look. There are plenty of affordable options on the market to
achieve this look-for-less. Get yourself a pair of these, and you will be the
envy of all of your friends.

Men's Sandal Styles-Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks contoured design
makes it the pinnacle of comfort. The only thing that can make these shoes
better is their sleek design making Birkenstocks the perfect go-to footwear to
pair with any outfit.
Leather Sandals

Men's Sandal Styles-Leather Sandals

Leather sandals are an upscale
solution when flip-flop don’t feel fancy enough, but you need something more
breezy than a boat shoe. A nice looking pair of leather sandals is hard to come
by so when you find the perfect pair make sure to take care of them.

How to Style Sandals for

The Casual Look

Men's Sandal Styling Jeans with Sandals

Sandals are the perfect
finishing touch to a casual summer outfit. Whether you’re headed to the park or
going out for drinks with the guys, this look can take you from day to night
without breaking a sweat. Pair your favorite sandals with a rolled up pair of
jeans and a casual tee for a relaxed but put together look. Be sure to match
the proper sandal with the appropriate shorts. Upscale shorts such as chinos
should be paired with an elevated shoe whereas jean shorts will call for a more
casual option such as slides.
The Nighttime Look

Elevated Men's Sandal Style
When the sun goes down, and
the temperature cools off you might be tempted to reach for a longer pair of
pants. But if your dirty old sneakers aren’t cutting it, consider reaching for
a couple of Birkenstocks and a button down shirt. This is the perfect
lightweight vacation outfit that you’ll wear again and again.
The Elevated Look

Suit and Sandals Outfit

If you have an event booked in
your calendar this summer that calls for you to dress up, it may be the perfect
excuse to try out the sandal and sports jacket combo. Layer a short-sleeved
shirt under the suit jacket to lighten up the look and ensure maximum comfort
from the summer heat. Finish off the look with a pair of neutral leather
sandals, and you have the ultimate summer looks.

What Not to Wear

Although sandals have come a
long way since their invention, there are a select few styles of sandals we
recommend steering clear of.

Fisherman Sandals

Fisherman Sandals in Men's Sandal Styles
Are they sandals? Are they
shoes? Who knows! Are they ugly? Yes! Fisherman shoes will only hinder an
already put together look. Unless you are going camping we suggest leaving
these in the back of your closet where you found them.


Tevas Men's Sandals
If your Dad owns Tevas, it
means you shouldn’t. Although it can be argued that Tevas are making a comeback
they are still more function than fashion. For that reason, they have ended up
on our what-not-to-wear list.

Socks and Any Sandals

Why not to Wear Socks and Sandals
This shouldn’t need to be said
but we will repeat it again for the people in the back…DO NOT WEAR SOCKS AND
SANDALS. Just don’t. You’ll thank us later.
With this trusty guide in
hand, you should feel confident displaying your (hopefully pedicured) toes this
Tell us in the comments below
how you style your favorite sandals.

Maddie Howard

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.