A Guide To Rocking Kicks In The Summer

Well, we’re in the midst of June, which gives us practically a few weeks before the real start the summer. That’s plenty of time to get your summer rotation right if you aren’t already doing so. Just in case, Clean Your Shoes has a few tips and tricks to help you have that Hot Sneakerhead Summer that you and your kicks deserve.

Clean Your Shoes

That should be the first thing on your mind regarding kicks, all the time. The summertime is all about the flex. And if you’re going to flex your sneakers, flex them when they are clean, please. There is nothing like someone with the summer alphet put together and the kicks are raggedy. To me, it takes away all the credibility of the fit. So, Clean Your Shoes, and keep the fit lit.

Don’t Show Your Socks So Much

Summer time is an acceptable time to go sockless, if you choose to do that. It’s also a great time to wear ankle or no show socks, if you don’t like the idea of raw dogging your sneakers. It’s already going to be warm outside, why have extra fabric on if you don’t have to? Also, depending on your outfit, the low/no sock touch helps further accent your sneakers and your look.

Lose The Massive Cargo Shorts

I am going to put you on game on this very blog entry: stop wearing cargo shorts so much. It’s 2023 and shorts have come a long way. There are plenty of appropriate summer shorts out there to use with your sneakers, and just shorts in general. Cargo shorts were cool in the early aughts, but the big, baggy cargo shorts past the knee look is long dead. Lose those Kohl’s specials, bro.

Go Low

In the summertime, there are a number of things that are going to be high: The West Coast, gas, rent, temperature, traffic, and so on. But one thing that doesn’t have to be high is the pair of shoes you have on your feet. In accord with the second point of not showing so much sock, opting for a lower silhouette in your rotation gives your summer alphet a sleek and sporty look. Don’t believe me? Wear those cool little high-rise slacks you have with some Jordans 1 Highs and then come back and do it with some Jordan 1 Lows. You’ll be amazed.

Wear ONE Statement Piece

If you have a sneaker with a lot going on, don’t wear a shirt that’s equally as wild in its own right. In the age where clothing is becoming more and more avant-garde, there are still rules and conventions that must be followed unless you want to look tacky. If your sneakers are the statement piece that you want to garner the most attention, then coordinate the rest of your outfit erring on the side of subtlety. If you have a shirt or some pants that are gonna steal the show (and sunlight), opt for sneakers with few colors. And please, color-coordinate.

Wear Sneakers According To The Day’s Activities

Beach day? Rock kicks you wouldn’t mind getting a little sandy because they’re easy to clean. Going to an amusement park? Wear sneakers that are comfortable, and be sure that you are comfortable exposing them to the risks that come associated with amusement parks (like kids, more kids, their parents, and even more kids). Going to a cool cat lounge? Don some cool sleek grails you’d only pull out on certain occasions.

Wear Comfortable Sneakers

Comfortability is subjective. It means something different for every person. But, as it pertains to summer, I would encourage sneakers that aren’t (material) heavy sneakers, and/or sneakers that don’t offer much breathability for your foot. I can’t stress enough that since the summer is usually a warm season, you don’t need all that extra material trapping heat and sweat. I know the Big Red Boots are hot right now, but they’ll be even hotter on your legs come July.






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