6 Shoes & Boots Every Stylish Man Will Want For Spring/Summer 2024

Few purchases are as satisfying as a new pair of shoes or boots. They have the ability to make or break a look, transforming even the most humble outfits into something worthy of a double take.

So, with that in mind, we’ve teamed up with acclaimed French shoemaker Kleman to showcase six essential styles that deserve a spot on your rack this season.

Chunky Moc Toe Derby

A uniquely French style, the moc toe Derby shoe is at its best in the form of Kleman’s Bastille model. Originally a walking shoe, this design makes for a stylish alternative to chunky loafers or traditional dress shoes, with a character all its own.

It’s smart but not stuffy, and its chunky rubber sole offers excellent grip in spring showers. While it’s available in premium-quality smooth leather and a lovely textured micro cord, we’re particularly fond of the nubuck version, which comes in three lighter colourways that feel appropriate for the season.

Wear yours with pale-wash jeans, T-shirts and polos for an effortlessly cool off-duty look.

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Statement Horsebit Loafer

With close associations to the Jet Set of the 1950s and 60s, the classic horsebit loafer screams sun loungers and poolside cocktails. Like its penny loafer cousin (below), the horsebit is in its element in spring and summer – it will never not look cool when worn with tailored trousers and a knitted polo.

Kleman has again given this timeless slip-on a contemporary twist, bolting on a chunky black commando sole that contrasts with the vintage-style suede or leather uppers. Modernising it further is a thick Cuban link in place of the traditional horsebit detailing, which places the design well and truly into ‘statement’ territory.

As such, it’s best to play down the rest of your outfit here, keeping it simple with neutral jeans or trousers and a button-down shirt.

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Strap Sandal

Is there a more spring-appropriate shoe than the sandal? Lightweight, breezy and easy to style, sandals have long accompanied its wearers to beach resorts, but they’re becoming increasingly popular options for daily wear. This is thanks to brands designing high-quality leather and suede pairs that are as stylish as they are comfortable.

Kleman has a couple of designs that tick all the boxes. The Ballast V borrows its silhouette from vintage fisherman sandals, with soft suede straps and a metal buckle offering a customisable fit.

The Ilot Oak, on the other hand, offers a smarter look with its leather crossover straps and clean, chunky rubber sole.

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Slip-On Mule

If comfort is a priority, a slip-on mule should be at the top of your list. About as comfortable as shoes get, this style offers the practicality of a slip-on loafer with the softness of a slipper.

Kleman’s Pacha VP Oak model is a highlight, with its supple suede upper, adjustable buckle and signature chunky rubber sole.

Try these instead of loafers with shorts and polo shirts, or dress them up with tailored trousers and a chore coat.

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Lightweight Work Boot

You might not think the work boot could work when the weather heats up, but with a few subtle changes to make it less wintery, it’s an excellent option. For example, the uppers on Kleman’s Oxal boot have been swapped for lightweight nubuck, designed to develop a unique patina with wear.

The soles, meanwhile, are equally light and flexible, offering up none of the weightiness of a heavier winter boot.

Ideal for cool evenings when worn with denim jeans and cotton jackets, these are boots you’ll return to time and again.

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Chunky Penny Loafer

The penny loafer is a perennial spring/summer staple. First introduced as a ‘leisure’ shoe in the States during the mid-century, it has cemented itself in multiple style movements, from Ivy League students to Mods to royalty favouring them.

The classic, slimline penny loafer will always be a winner, but if you want something a bit more daring, consider a more substantial design this spring. Kleman’s Accore model is the chunky penny loafer at its best.

Finished in semi-formal matte black leather or hairy suede, they have a seriously stompy commando sole and a raised 360-degree welt. This elevates the style figuratively and literally, ensuring they can be worn with everything from soft spring tailoring to wide-leg chinos and drawstring pants.

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Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a writer and photographer, contributing to publications including The Independent, The Times, The Rake and Black + White Photography magazine. His photography has been exhibited by Photofusion, Central Saint Martins and Photo Co-Op.