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    The name alone of this French brand is enough to conjure up images of languorous days on deck or by the pool, and its slip-on shoes so happen to be the perfect thing to wear on your feet for such activities. Finished in denim, this pair looks clean and contemporary.


    Based in Maine, USA, this footwear firm has specialised in hand-stitched moccasins since 1909, which are especially comfortable since the absence of any gluing or stapling in the construction means the shoes are soft and can adapt to the shape of the wearer's foot. We were particularly taken by the emerald green colour of this pair.


    Boat shoes are a summer classic, although legend has it they were invented in winter when a man observed how his dog could run on ice without slipping, and set about creating lightweight shoes with rubber soles (that mimicked the dog's paw pattern) which would stop sailors from slipping on deck. The contrast-colour leather and suede panels of this pair lend them a raffish edge.


    Messrs Yves Saint Laurent and Salvador Dalí were both fans of this Catalonian brand's espadrilles, which look just as stylish today as they did half a century ago. This hybrid desert boot pair works brilliantly with nothing more than chinos and a T-shirt.

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    With their modish tassels and fringed detail, these midnight blue suede driving shoes mirror the joie de vivre spirit conveyed by Mr Oscar Niemeyer's architecture. The louche design of this pair will take you seamlessly from day to night.


    Suede penny loafers are a versatile choice for summer, being dressy enough to wear with tailored chinos and a blazer for smart-casual events, while being sufficiently relaxed to team with shorts and a polo shirt. The sophisticated neutral shade of this pair goes with most things.

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Photography by Mr Robert Astley Sparke | Words by Mr Peter Henderson

When summer sets in and the mercury rises, it's time to reconsider your footwear, not just for aesthetic reasons but for the sake of practicality too. By substituting your winter shoes for unlined desert boots, deck shoes, lightweight loafers or leather sandals (need we say, worn without socks), you'll be sure to keep your cool without resorting to flip-flops, which are best kept for the beach or by the pool. And finally, a few words of advice: shorts call for shoes worn without socks (unless you're pulling off a particularly fashion-forward look) to avoid looking like a boy scout. In fact, ditching the socks is often the best policy when it comes to summer shoes, particularly if you plan to wear them with rolled-up jeans or chinos. In regard to sandals, if your feet resemble a pair of old hooves, do yourself (and everyone else) a favour by getting a chiropodist on speed dial - or by sticking to a less revealing type of footwear.

Read our Knack on prepping your feet for summer here.