Lightweight, breathable and not susceptible to water damage, SWIMS rubber loafers are a stylish and more substantial alternative to flip-flops, whether you're on a boat or by the pool. In sky blue, with white non-slip soles, this pair look refreshing and summery.When we're on holiday we like to dress a little more expressively than we otherwise might, which makes these vividly patterned needlepoint slippers seem very attractive indeed. Wear them for evening cocktails and parties with a louche, old-school Mr Hugh Hefner air.In an arresting shade of red, these handmade suede boat shoes go with shorts, chinos and jeans alike, and are perfect for relaxed meals or ambling around the narrow streets of the old town (or up the gangway of your 250ft yacht, if that's more your style).Even if you plan no exertions greater than walking from your sun lounger to the beach bar and back again, you can still maintain style standards and enjoy classic design when it comes to footwear. In a modish shade of pea green, these comfortable espadrilles easily slip on and off.A sort of espadrille-plimsoll hybrid with airy mesh uppers, these navy blue slip-ons provide the comfort of sandals, without the toe exposure - perfect for those of us whose feet aren't about to win any beauty contests. They're sophisticated too, bringing to mind vintage Cote d'Azur style.The sand shade of the suede complements darker and tanned skin, making these well-proportioned loafers perfect for holidays. Wear them without socks from the moment you leave the house - you'll be ready for the sun when you arrive at your destination, and unlike flip-flops or sandals they won't make driving that damn rental car any harder than it already is.
When it comes to holiday footwear, there are two main considerations. The first is practicality: if you're going somewhere sunny, sandy or salty, anything too restrictive or liable to be scratched and blemished needs to be left behind - polished leather boots, for example. The second, and more interesting, concern is aesthetic. You don't want to be that guy who looks uptight in brogues at the beach, or mistakes "holiday style" for "no effort required" and wears ratty old running shoes everywhere. Instead, we find a carefully selected armoury of boat shoes, espadrilles and loafers cover most holiday situations, and will ensure you look sharp as you sun yourself. If you normally wear figuratively straight-laced shoes in dark colours for work, holidays present a great opportunity for being more adventurous and introducing your feet to some pattern and colour. Click through the gallery above to see six of our favourite off-duty summer shoes.