One day, we’ll show off fits in real life again, even if it takes a little re-learning along the way. The Highsnobiety Summer Style Guide is here to help, ensuring that lightweight pieces still result in heavyweight looks.

Cities across the globe have passed the one-year mark since the first Corona lockdown. For many of us, those past 12 months have been spent largely indoors and in WFH footwear. Rotations have dealt out sandals, slippers, and, well, nothing at all. When we finally emerge back into the light of the real world this summer, shoe acclimatization might not come easy.

Enter — the advanced summer shoe.

Basically, it's a natural meeting point of WFH comfort and the world's continued obsession with hike-ready sneakers. Still slip-on and still laceless, advanced summer shoes offer you help up from the couch, preparing you for the real world by equipping Vibram soles, Contragrip, and beefed-up durability. Your ugg slipper is running scared.

From Diemme down to Salomon, we’ve picked out some favorites from the category we're calling advanced summer shoes. Labels clearly recognize the heightened requirement for this type of footwear, too, with a wide range of new hybrids on offer, featuring everything from clog/ sneaker marriages to no-back wellies.

Scroll and equip your advanced summer shoes.

BEAMS x Keen Unseek SNK Sandal

Uneek Laced Mesh Trainers

Uneek Laced Mesh Trainers

from $123

Beams x Keen

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

A sock-like upper that hugs your forefoot. Exposed sides for maximum breathability. Climbing-inspired rope detailing that adds structure without the weight of a traditional upper. Toggle laces for easy adjusting. These are just some of the myriad reasons why the BEAMS x Keen Unseek SNK Sandal is one of the most advanced sneakers you’ll be able to get your hands on this summer.

Diemme Maggiore Slides

Maggiore

Maggiore

$249

Diemme

Buy at Highsnobiety

Diemme is an Italian label that specializes in mountaineering footwear. Here, Diemme sticks some outdoor prowess, namely a Vibram Fast Trail sole, on a step-in slide.

Salomon x and Wander

Speedcross Sandals

Speedcross Sandals

$134

Salomon x and Wander

Buy at and Wander

If you haven't seen the latest Salomon x and Wander capsule, go check it. Alongside scuba-like sneakers and poncho raincoats were these fire Speedcross sandals. That sole means business.

Rombaut Boccaccio 2 Clog

Boccaccio 2 Clog Bunny

Boccaccio 2 Clog Bunny

$459

Rombaut

Buy at Farfetch

Hands down one of the wildest clogs I've ever laid eyes on.

Hunter Playclog

Play Clogs

Play Clogs

$75

Hunter

Buy at Hunter

How'd you make a welly summer-ready? Well, chop most of it off. That's exactly what welly expert Hunter did when coming up with its Playclog.

adidas x HYKE AH-003 XTA Sandal

AH-003 XTA Sandal

from $125

adidas x HYKE

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Love everything adidas has done with Japanese label HYKE so far, and this season's releases live up to those expectations. Where are you going? 7-Eleven or the moon?

Acne Studios Bolzter

Velcro Sneakers

Velcro Sneakers

$500

Acne Studios

Buy at ssense

The Bolzter continues to be one of the best things Acne is putting out right now. This beautiful monster combines the best qualities of sneakers and sandals and is absolutely perfect for a summer spent enjoying new freedoms (hopefully).

HOKA One One Hopara Sandals

Hopara

Hopara

$120

HOKA

Buy at Bodega

It's a HOKA running sneaker, just not as you might know it.

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