Men’s Shoes: Move Over Flip Flops and Grey Sneakers!

Men's Spring Style Shoes

It’s the time of year when we ladies start breaking out our cute sandals, espadrilles, wedges, backless shoes, slide ons and stylish sneakers, and the guys start breaking out their…their…?!?!? Think about it… they don’t really have a plethora of options. Sure they can break out their flip flops or grey tennis shoes, but what about something different?!? Something a bit more stylish! Around this time every year, my husband starts looking for spring/summer shoes that he can wear with casual pants, jeans and shorts. So when Nordstrom asked me to look into doing a spring post for men, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

It all started with the navy Tod’s (#1). I saw them at Nordstrom, took a picture of them and sent them to my husband. He loved them! Of course he did because they are TOD’s -ha! That got us looking through Nordstrom’s site for other good spring/summer shoes for him. He is picky, so here’s the good news: my husband is so picky that you have a pretty sure bet on any of these shoes.  Here’s what we found:

1. Tod’s Marlin Penny Loafer- Where it all started.

2. Tod’s Gommini Tie Front Driving Moccasin- The blue suede color of these shoes is so pretty. I joke with my husband that the only color he wears is blue. If your guy is the same way, these would match everything in his closet -ha!

3. Swims Penny Loafer- I feel like I’ve posted these a million times, but everyone always tells me how much they love their Swims. These shoes are rubber and mesh, so they can be completely submerged underwater and dry out immediately. Move over flip flops.

4. J&M 1850 Allister Sneaker- Do you remember the old school Vans with the brown rubber bottoms? Yup, these are totally hip. What does a guy wear with his t-shirt and shorts in the summer? Move over flip flops and grey sneakers, a cool new, hip sneaker is in town. These come in 6 different colors.

5. Cole Haan ‘Pinch’ Penny Loafer- I love this look. Who doesn’t love a preppy throwback? Don’t these look awfully similar to #1? They’re a third of the price! These also come in different colors, here and here.

6. Reaction Kenneth Cole Pot Luck Loafer- My cousin’s husband has these shoes, and I love the way they look on him. If your guy isn’t super preppy but he’s not real trendy either, these meet perfectly in the middle. They are classic. These come in a few different colors, including navy. Hmmmmmm…..

7. 1901 Bermuda Driving Shoe- If you ask me, this shoe is a sure bet. What guy wouldn’t like this shoe and the price? Plus, it comes in NINE different colors. NINE!

8. Vans ‘Classic’ Slip-on Sneaker- My husband wears his grey Vans slip-ons ALL THE TIME.

9. TOMS ‘Classic’ Canvas Slip-on- For guys, TOMS in the summer just makes sense. To me, they are the perfect flip flop alternative. My husband and I both really liked the jute they added around the sole.

Shoe Links: 1. Tod’s Marlin Penny Loafer 2. Tod’s Gommini Tie Front Driving Moccasin 3. Swims Penny Loafer 4. J&M 1850 Allister Sneaker 5. Cole Haan ‘Pinch’ Penny Loafer 6. Reaction Kenneth Cole Pot Luck Loafer 7. 1901 Bermuda Driving Shoe 8. Vans ‘Classic’ Slip-on Sneaker 9. TOMS ‘Classic’ Canvas Slip-on

Cropped Denim, Are You In?

Jazmin Crop Straight Leg Jeans CITIZENS OF HUMANITY I’ve received more compliments on these jeans than any other jeans I’ve ever worn. To be honest, it baffles me. You see, I like tight jeans, and I haven’t seen a pair of cropped jeans that don’t give me flashbacks to a pair of cropped capri pants I wore the tar out of not too long ago. Ha! But, I like to follow trends, so during a particularly weak moment after I had been wearing a pair of high waisted, tight, skinny jeans all day and felt sick to my stomach (ok, maybe that’s a little too tight -ha!), I bought these jeans. I wore them out, and low and behold, everyone was asking me where I bought my jeans!

Jazmin Crop Straight Leg Jeans CITIZENS OF HUMANITYJeans – Citizens of Humanity here and here

I have come to realize that a cropped, looser fitting jean is a nice piece to have in your jean arsenal. They’re on trend and they’re comfy, but for me, more than anything, they can give my “cutesy” outfit the perfect amount of edge. You know how it’s on trend to mix up your styles? Like, instead of just wearing an all preppy outfit, it’s “cool” to combine preppy with edgy or classic with distressed. Well, these jeans do just that for my closet. For example…

Jazmin Crop Straight Leg Jeans CITIZENS OF HUMANITY

Outfit links: Top – Similar HERE, Jeans – Citizens of Humanity here and here, Sneakers –  Puma, Watch – Kate Spade, Earrings – Madewell, Lip – NARS.

…a classic look of a stripe top with white tennis shoes get a bit of edge with my cropped jeans, or…

Jazmin Crop Straight Leg Jeans CITIZENS OF HUMANITY

Outfit links: Top – Similar HERE and HERE, Jeans – Citizens of Humanity here and here, Sandals – K. Jacques, Similar HERE.

…a #prettywhitetop from years ago gets an updated look with a new pair of cropped jeans.

A few styling notes: These jeans came with a cuff sewn at a certain place. I wanted to have the flexibility to cuff them the way I wanted to, just like in the picture above. Also, I went down one size and I wish I had gone down two sizes. I said I liked tight -ha!


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