Trust Me—Shorts Look Even More Fashionable With These 6 Summer Shoe Trends

Summer, we've missed you. And if there's one thing we've been counting down to this year, it would undoubtedly be the return of bare legs season. Whilst designers tried to distract us with supersized jeans and the high street is still singing the virtues of the denim maxi skirt, those of us who have been quietly suffering in the rising temperatures are looking for something a little more practical. When our favourite linen trousers are still covering a little too much skin, we're heading straight to our wardrobes and digging out a pair of shorts. Nothing signifies that summer is well and truly in effect quite like the first time in the year you put on shorts

Don't already own a pair of reliable shorts? Well, you can pick up some great pairs from just about any brand, both designer and high street (although linen is our style of choice). In the warm weather, there's nothing better than pulling on a pair of shorts that go with everything, and whether you're into classic khakis or currently-trending "jorts" (that's long jean shorts, FYI), there's a style to wear to the office, the park and even for evenings out. 

Shoes to wear with shorts: @marina_torres wears striped shorts



Now that we're all in agreement that shorts are the best heatwave-proof option, the only thing left to figure out is what to wear them with. The obvious answers are tank tops, loose shirts, simple tees or swimwear, but I'm talking specifically about footwear. I find that my usual high-top trainers don't make much sense with shorts, and as much as I love cowboy boots, I'm no Daisy Duke. In a bid to solve this fashion conundrum, I sifted through socials and scoured the new-in sections of some of our favourite brands to determine the very best shoes to wear with shorts, and I have the conclusive results. 

So whether you've bought a pair of denim shorts, holiday-ready linen, micro hot pants or sensible culottes, consider this your definitive guide to always getting the shoe styling right.



shoes to wear with shorts: @aimeesong wears New Balance trainers with shorts



Style Notes: Thank god for comfy trainers. Thanks to the likes of New Balance, Salomon and Asics, the retro dad sneaker is cool again, and it happens to be the perfect accompaniment to a pair of loose, cotton shorts. 


shoes to wear with shorts: slingbacks



Style Notes: Proof that shorts aren't only for casual wear, they also look incredible with a kitten-heel slingback for dressier occasions. Imagine a waistcoat with a tailored pair of shorts and an elegant slingback heel on a summer evening. Dreamy. 


The pair that kicked off an entire trend.

You'll find a pair of these in Dakota Johnson's wardrobe. 


shoes to wear with shorts: @tylynnnguyen wears strappy sandals with shorts



Style Notes: We've all got that one pair of strappy sandals (usually gladiator) that we bought a few summers ago and wear on repeat. The truth is, the strappy sandal never goes out of style. Opt for flats and wear with a loose shirt tucked into a pair of printed shorts. 


The metal toe-ring gives these enough polish for an evening occasion. 

I cannot stop talking about this price tag. 


shoes to wear with shorts: @francescasaffari wears flip-flops with shorts



Style Notes: The humble flip-flop had fallen out of favour of late, but thanks to The Row's Ginza pair, the thong sandal has had a fashionable makeover. Premium leather pairs are the editor's shoe of choice, but I've also spotted colour-pop Havaianas making a return to holiday wardrobes all over Instagram. 


Francesca Saffari (pictured above) has convinced me that rubber flip-flops are back. 

I honestly thought these were designer. 


shoes to wear with shorts: @juliesfi wears sliders with shorts



Style Notes: You've got to appreciate a shoe so effortless, you can quite literally slide into it. Sliders are the barely-there sandals that make immediate sense with shorts—the epitome of the "throw-on-and-go" uniform. 

Further proof that COS make some of the best accessories on the high street. 

These are selling out, so act fast!


shoes to wear with shorts: @aniyahmorinia wears pointed mules with shorts



Style Notes: Another way to take shorts from dressed-down to dinner plans is with party mules. Embellished heels, chic satin and luxe leather look particularly good with denim and tailored shorts for a look very reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw. 


Jimmy Choo has crafted the perfect mules. 

These are too good just to save for special occasions.