As you know, we place a great deal of focus on the world of sneakers. But we recognize that the world of drops, deadstock, resale, and raffles isn’t for everyone. Some prefer a slower pace of footwear turnover, fewer colors, and tried-and-tested styles. If this sounds like you, it’s likely that your footwear rotation rarely changes and is full of timeless, leather options. You’d never be caught queueing up for the latest big-ticket kicks, would you?
Whether you hate sneakers or are just looking to diversify your selection and cater to a more formal angle, we’ve rounded up some solid alternatives to sneakers. From sandals by Dries Van Noten to mules by Martine Rose, all the way to leather shoes and boots by the likes of Dr. Martens, this is a one-stop-shop if you’re looking to swap mesh panels for full-grain leather.
Keep scrolling to see what to wear if you’ve fallen out of love with sneakers.
Sandals & Slides
Havaianas Flip Flops
The footwear choice of Brazil, the Havaianas flip flop is an everyday staple that has graced the feet of warm-weather dwellers since the ’60s. It’s not just Brazil that loves it, either. Last year, the brand sold an equivalent of seven pairs every second. Here, the brand collabs with Japan’s Mastermind to show its global prowess.
Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Arizona Slides
Proenza Schouler join the elite Birkenstock collaboration club with this pair of Arizona sandals that have been treated to a shiny new upgrade.
Suicoke MOTO-Cab Sandals
Suicoke’s padded-out slides will always be a go-to when we’re not sporting sneakers. Comfortable, stylish, and perfectly crafted, this is the peak of slides.
Loewe x Paulas Ibiza Logo-Embroidered Canvas Slides
Loewe and Paulas Ibiza continue to crank out the Balearic-themed collaboration pieces. These embroidered canvas slides are pretty much all you need in the way of footwear this summer.
Saturdays NYC Soho Logo Jacquard Slides
Saturdays NYC offers a light luxury take on the pool slide with this pair which features a jacquard strap embossed with the brand’s name.
Wacko Maria x Suicoke Leopard Beach Sandals
Wacko Maria teams up with Suicoke to show that loud patterns — when used in moderation — don’t have to dominate a style.
Dries Van Noten Suede Slip-On Sandals
Dries Van Noten’s typically astute use of color shines through in this comfortable and completely eye-catching slide.
Toga Virilis Polido Leather Sandals
Toga Virilis knows nothing of the word minimalism, it’s just not in the brand’s vocabulary and we love it for that. This buckle-heavy, leather-bound sandal is the attitude you need this season.
Dr. Martens Quynn Monk Derbys
Dr. Martens’ eternally stylish derby shoe takes a new form with a monkstrap running across the laces for extra intrigue.
Eytys Alexis Derbys
Using the classic simplicity of a derby shoe construction, Eytys updates the style with a chunky sole for a modern twist that’s sure to garner some attention.
Dr. Martens 1460 Full-Grain Leather Boots
It doesn’t get much more classic Dr. Martens than this pair of burgundy 1460 boots. With uppers cut from beautifully textured full-grain leather, these boots have a stylish vintage feel.
Saint Laurent Wyatt Suede Chelsea Boots
In true Saint Laurent style, the Wyatt Suede Chelsea Boots are cut with razor-sharp precision for a super-clean aesthetic. Classic to the fullest degree, this is a timeless choice for when sneakers aren’t the one.
visvim Lhamo-Folk Beaded Suede Boots
Featuring a Vibram sole unit, visvim’s Lhamo-Folk Beaded Suede Boots are only a slight shift from sneakers. Supple suede uppers feature beaded stitching to the toe box for visvim’s specialty Americana twist.
Eytys Snake Ortega Chelsea Boots
Eytys show what no-holds-barred design looks like with the Snake Ortega Chelsea Boots. A snakeskin upper leads the eye down to a statement sole unit that promises to add that extra height you’ve been wanting.
Bottega Veneta BV Tire Chelsea Boots
Cut to just above the ankle, Bottega Veneta’s Chelsea boot variation is typified by a multi-sole unit which is topped off by a transparent outsole.
Needles Butterfly Embroidered Mules
Mind-bogglingly fine suede uppers give this pair of Needles mules a royal, velveteen texture. Combine that with a comfortable rubber outsole and you’ve got a pair of majestic mules for indoor and outdoor use.
JW Anderson Metallic Loafer Mules
JW Anderson offers a unique twist to the classic loafer with a slightly clog-like toebox while penny loafer detailing to the vamp retains a classic overall aesthetic.
Martine Rose Arches Leather Loafers
Martine Rose takes inspiration from the ordinary, putting a luxurious twist on everyday designs through detailing and material choice. This pair of leather loafers may not seem like much at first sight but look closer to see embossed detailing and supple leather.
1017 ALYX 9SM Clogs With Buckles
Matthew Williams found his formula early on, giving classic designs a modern twist with recognizable details. This time around, the famous 1017 ALYX 9SM buckle confirms that you’re not just wearing any clogs…
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews