Sandals can be a sartorial conundrum, particularly for men. But designers have not shied away from the often-reviled footwear, with stylish options for boardwalks, barbecues and city streets. From rope to leather, here are six open-toed options for guys.
J. Crew makes the classic flip-flop in a grown-up, durable leather that is just as easy to wear. Exclusively online or from the catalog for $40.
California label South Willard lends subtle functionality to its collection of handcrafted leather sandals, all constructed with brass rivets and Vibram soles. The Running Sandal provides full support with its myriad of fully adjustable straps while still keeping the feet cool. Pick them up for $138 from online or from their L.A. boutique.
While technically slip-ons, this pair of mesh kicks from Generic Man‘s diffusion line offer that airy feeling for those not ready to bare all. Pick them up in dark gray or black at the Generic Surplus webstore for $50.
Spun from carpet fibers, these durable rope sandals by Gurkees can be machine washed and hung out to dry. Get them from Gurkees or Opening Ceremony for $27.
The Acne Agra sandals are for the minimalist wardrobe, reduced to its basic components. Buy them from the Swedish label’s online shop for $269 in red, black or brown.
Yves Saint Laurent
Highlighted in Fantastic Man’s inaugural “Sandal Week” feature, these luxe YSL sandals just might banish Tevas from fashion’s collective consciousness. They fasten with a simple ball-and-hole closure. Call YSL at +1 212 832 7100 for purchasing details.