Top Summer Footwear: Sunshine For Your Soles

August 11, 2015

by Peter Reese
Top Summer Footwear: Sunshine For Your Soles

Whether there’s a point break outside your door or waves of concrete flow in every direction, summer’s for your feet. Stroll into warm weather with a handpicked, toes-approved selection: these are five of Active Junky’s favorite summer footwear picks. 

Sanuk Rounder Hobo Classic

Sanuk’s no stranger to seizing the moment.  The Rounder Hobo Classic sports heavy, breathable canvas uppers replete with frayed edges.  Reviewers paired Hobo with everything from boardshorts to tailored jeans with equal ease.  The EVA footbed made all-day wearing tolerable, as did an anti-microbial additive.  

evolv Cruzer Psyche Starting at: $71.58

Ready to get serious about traction while scrambling through life, evolv’s Cruzer Psyche turns 100% cotton canvas into barefoot luxury.  Like most climbers, we’ve relied on the brand at the crag. Here, Cruzer’s mountain roots are evident as high traction soles are tucked beneath an unassuming stitched upper.  A microfiber lining lets the shoe (slip-on) open wide and say “aaahh.”

Satorisan’s Benirras Sandal requires an open mind.  Floating somewhere between Goa, India and Miami Beach, Florida, luxury leather is reason enough to get past unconventional styling.  Ideal for “Meet the Parents” weddings or Bay view pour-over coffee in Sausalito, Benirras stretches your mind without getting sloppy on fit or walking performance.

Olukai Kia'i Kei Flip Flop

As cocktails give way to blazing ocean sunsets, OluKai is truly the only choice.  Profoundly well built with detailing unavailable from mainstream makers, the Kia’I Kei model handles wet surfaces like a local; molded sole siping is a critical factor.  To keep the vibe alive, the sharkskin inspired strap detail got noticed as our reviewer surfed Australia in recent weeks.  Be advised that purchasing this model benefits the HLA Junior Lifeguard Program. Yet another reason to stay here, toes in the breeze, until the stars come out. 

Ahnu’s contribution to summer? The women’s Telegraph Leather.  Mary Jane styling offers cute, pavement-pounding potential; testers put this one to terra firm in recent Chile travels.  Suede masquerading as canvas promotes hard use even as the proprietary Numentum Commute build stabilizes the heel.  Travellers need to take note of this Ahnu model when versatility is required.


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