When summer rolls around, we usually jump pretty fast for cotton sneakers, but there are plenty of other options—and a few of them put your plimsolls to shame.

This one comes from Osborn Design, with cotton uppers and leather soles. The result lands somewhere between a weejun and an espadrille—the kind of thing you’d wear to a semi-formal beach party. It’s also one of the most discreet ways to pull off that loose, sockless, “I’m-almost-barefoot” vibe that tends to surface in July.

Just keep the foot powder handy.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom