Spring Steps

8 of the Best Shoes for Spring (and None of Them Are Sneakers)

March 14, 2020 Style By Photo by Huckberry
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Spring will spring on us any time now. And the post-sneaker era will, too. With the warmer months upon us, you might want to take stock of your footwear rotation and consider some non-sneaker options to stride through spring.

Timberland 3-Eye Classic Lug Shoe

If a boat shoe was built with the idea that the ship could, at any moment, crash straight into the side of El Capitan, you’d have Timberland’s 3-Eye Classic Lug shoe. It comes with a deck-friendly upper and off-roading tread, just in case you don’t have time to say ‘Land ho’. It feels more rugged than preppy and works well with wide pants.

Birkenstock Boston

The Birkenstock Boston has gotten enough turns in popularity that it’s safe to say it’s tightened securely as a classic shoe. A favorite among the crunchy and stylish crowds, the Boston comes in many iterations from fur-lined heaters to premium full-grain calf leather to high-end designer-morphed collaborations, but you can’t go wrong with the classic suede pair.

Unmarked Otzi Sandal/Shoes

Straight from the horses mouth, these Otzi Sandal/Shoes are also a hybrid like the Timberlands from earlier. But this one is more crunchy than preppy. Features include bovine leather uppers, vegetable-tanned leather insoles and a badass ripple outsole.

Astorflex Greenflex

Born in harsh weather and demanding military conditions, the desert boot has enjoyed a stylish retirement for decades now. The veteran boot goes well with faded jeans, army-issue vintage chinos, pupil-dilating shorts and more. This one from Astorflex uses premium suede uppers, vegetable-tanned leather insoles, cushy crepe outsoles and is crafted in Italy. And it’ll cost you a song.

Gucci Roos Horsebit Loafer

You cannot go wrong with a pair of classic Gucci loafers. We waxed about the definitive bit loafer and spring is a perfect time to get your hooves into these horseshoes.

Lemaire Chinese Slipper

Soft and supple, Lemaire’s slipper is elegantly relaxed. If it’s an afternoon nap at home or a jaunt out with friends, these loafer cousins look good in any situation.

Viberg Mule

Canadian shoe brand Viberg is known for its lineup of handcrafted boots. And when it comes to something a bit easier to get into than a pair of honkin’ eight-inch engineer boots, it’s a walk in the park. Its mule uses Goodyear-welted construction so you can wear it for an indefinite number of spring seasons. Avec or sans socks, the refined slip-on pairs easily with anything, but especially the spring weather.

Goya Leather Sandals

Crafted in Spain, these leather sandals from Goya are based on the classic Menorquina silhouette, featuring an open-toe design with a fixed heel strap. With an added lugged sole, they feel less precious.

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Gerald Ortiz

Gerald Ortiz is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering style. From San Diego, now New York City.

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