Strap In: Men’s Leather Strap Sandals Spring/Summer 2011

Men's Sandals SS11

Men's Sandals SS11: Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Kris Van Assche, Ermenegildo Zegna, DSquared2

Sandals have been around forever.  Technically the first real shoe, ancient Egyptians made them from palm leaves and papyrus, the Greeks made from willow leaves and twigs, and the Japanese from pieces of fabric and rice straw.  These archaic sandals sound significantly less comfortable than the cheap and cheerful Havaianas everyone’s been wearing for better part of the last 10 years.  I own a few pairs of Havaianas as well.  They are great for hitting the beach in Miami, or heading up to that overpriced insect-ridden cottage in Muskoka you mungie cakes seem to love.  Muskoka doesn’t sound all that bad when the alternative is lounging around an open toxic sewer that we comically call the beach here in Toronto.

J.R. Watkins Foot Scrub and Cream

J.R. Watkins Foot Scrub and Cream

Plastic/rubber thong sandals are great, but as a man you really should limit them to the beach.  For city-ready ensembles such as the spring/summer 2011 selections above, you’ll need to get yourself a proper pair of black or brown leather strap sandals.  Also called gladiator or Grecian sandals, leather strap sandals have been getting more popular with each SS collection.  If we can get past some of the designers’ obsession with socks and sandals during their SS11 runway shows, most of the labels have given us guys a great selection for this season.  Pair these up with a clean pair of khaki shorts or linen pants and braided or roped belt for a shot of personal spring/summer style.  Some of my favourite leather strap sandals are listed below.  Click on the thumbnails below to check out prices online.

Picking up a great pair of designer sandals is good move, but you won’t make any friends with those gnarly looking feet.  You think that this would go without say, but always keep your toenails clean and trimmed.  Also, make sure to use a natural foot scrub followed by a natural moisturizing cream like the ones by J.R. Watkins’ (Foot Scrub and Cream $12.99 each).  Together, these products will exfoliate and moisturize your feet using natural ingredients like pumice and peppermint oil.  Your feet will look good and smell like Pep-O-Mint Lifesavers instead of rotting cheese.

G-Star Cross Strap SandalsLANVIN Ribbon Cross Strap SandalsDiesel Kilmer Cross Strap Sandals

Diesel Klimer Cross Strap SandalsMaison Martin Margiela Leather SandalsMaison Martin Margiela Leather Sandals

Common Projects Black SandalsCommon Projects Brown SandalsKris Van Assche Sandals

Dsquared2 Thong SandalsDiesel Brown Mannu Thong SandalsDiesel Black Mannu Thong Sandals


2 Responses to Strap In: Men’s Leather Strap Sandals Spring/Summer 2011

  1. I picked up a pair of black and brown sandals. All set.

  2. Pingback: Young Men & The Sea: Fisherman’s Sweaters & Loose Knits Spring/Summer 2011 « It's All Style To Me

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