If you're planning to rock pants in the upcoming summer, we feel for you bro. But for those of you with the good sense to let the sweet relief of an occasional breeze hit your pins, are you doing all you can to avoid a summer-style faux pas?
Pairing the cut of your shorts with the correct pair of sneakers is a must when it comes to your summer ’fits. There's a time and a place for chunky silhouettes, high and low tops in the summer months, and getting it right can make or break any look. Fortunately, we've got your waist-down styling covered, no matter how much leg you're choosing to share with the world.
Scroll through our full selection of shorts-friendly sneakers below and take note of a few styling tips for the perfect foot-to-thigh partnerships.
Scroll down to see our favorite shorts and sneakers combinations
Dawning clothing and shoes that are functional, almost utilitarian in nature, are the key to surviving this apocalyptic heat. Thankfully functional wear is still very much part of the meta. A-Cold-Wall*'s density shorts are a neutral staple that is comfortable, light, and padded out with plenty of pockets. Pair this with Salomon's newest cult classic, and you have a fit that will make the gorp bros jealous.
Comfort is another core tenet of summer heat survival. Thankfully Wales Bonner has blessed us with another go-to pair of luxuriously comfortable shorts that look great — due in part to the stunning patterning. Staying on theme with comfort, we have a pair of New Balance XC-72 in a summer-ready white.
East meets East Coast
Shameless plug? Absolutely. But a great pair of shorts are hard to come by. Made from light and airy Japanese Nylon, these shorts will keep your bottom half extra cool while offering a little and much-needed ventilation. The Saucony Grid Azura 2000s were an easy pick here as this specific colorway matches flawlessly with the navy bottoms.
Batman on Vacation
Linen is a GOAT material in the summertime. It's seductively light and feels very lovely on the skin, even on your sweatiest of days. As linen can be a little fussy to deal with, we decided to pair these with a solid, low-maintenance pair of black sneakers by ASICS. The black on black looks fantastic with the black shorts. Think Batman in the summer if Gotham wasn't a shithole.
This is the type of fit that can transition from the hiking trail to city asphalt easily. Gramicci is another brand created specifically for those of you who like to get active outdoors. While Salomon is currently the undisputed king of trail-running.
Functional but Flashy
Do you want to be active but need a little flair? Phipps has got you covered. The shorts might single-handedly bring animal print back into meta. As for the sneakers, I recommend keeping things simple but sleek. These Wales Bronner sneakers will do.
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