Flip-flops are part of the unofficial wardrobe of summer, although many contend that men should never wear them. But choosing a leather sandal, classic buck or derby lace-up is an option for completing a summer shoe wardrobe. Rubber flip-flops are fine for running around at the pool or beach, but a pair of heavier and more stylish leather slip-ons is worth considering when wearing dressier shorts and pants. Rubber and canvas flip-flops also can be a color focus for accessorizing, so picking up a red, green or blue pair in addition to standard brown or black is another option.
Derbies and bucks, on the other hand, can last years and even decades, taking on a style and comfort as they soften and shape to your feet. Rules about white, brown and black shoes and when to wear which color used to be pretty rigid and seasonal, but most anything goes these days. White bucks or black derbies can flow from May through September interchangeably in most social and even work situations.