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How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Don't fall short when it comes to this key summer style pairing

As the heatwave rolls on and the sun continues to shine, it isn’t quite time to lock away your summer wardrobe just yet. However, with a cupboard stocked full of cooler clothes comes a whole new range of style pitfalls to navigate, and shorts can be a particularly fiendish garment when it comes to pairing with footwear.

"Shorts can be a particularly fiendish garment when it comes to pairing with footwear..."

Fortunately, and as ever, GJ are on hand to give you a few simple, fool-proof styling tips to ensure that your shoes and shorts can work in heat-proof harmony without costing you in the style stakes.

Key things to keep in mind include opting for a low-slung shoe made from a lightweight, breathable material in a minimalist design. With these in mind, here is our round-up of the best shoes to pair with shorts this season.

With your light chino shorts: Tod’s Gommino Driving Shoes

Tod’s Gommino driving shoes were developed more than 35 years ago and have since become the cornerstone of the Italian label. This latest pair is made from navy suede with a supple leather backing and set on full rubber bases detailed with the signature pebbles for additional grip. Slip yours on with chino shorts for a low-key brunch or coffee date.

How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Tod’s Gommino Driving Shoes

£310

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Salle Privée Steven Slim-Fit Cotton-Poplin Chino Shorts

£190

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With your jersey shorts: Converse All Star Low Leather White Mono Leather

Originally designed as basketball footwear, the Converse All Star style is now iconic the world over. Smart and recognisable, without compromising on comfort and street style, the Chuck Taylor All Star Mono Ox style will team perfectly with your summer wear. The white leather colourway is our favourite for a smart look.   

How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Converse All Star Low Leather White Mono Leather

£65

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Polo Ralph Lauren Mélange Jersey Drawstring Shorts

£85

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With your linen shorts: North 89 Sand No-2 Sneakers

North 89’s newest model are made with an ultra breathable mesh to allow the air to travel through the shoe. Simple and extremely comfortable (thanks to a memory foam sole), these will keep your feet nice and cool during the warm summer months.

How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

North 89 Sand No-2 Sneakers

£160

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How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Luca Faloni Marine Green Panarea Linen-Cotton Shorts

£95

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With patterned shorts: Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

Common Projects ‘sneakers have gained cult status thanks to their minimalist design and superior construction. This white version is perfect for creating crisp city-smart looks. Wear this pair with shorts and a lightweight knit for understated flair.

How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

£290

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Battenwear Active Lazy Printed Linen And Cotton-Blend Drawstring Shorts

£135

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With your board shorts: Vans Authentic in True White

At GJ, we have a fondness for a brand that has stayed true to its original style. Vans Authentic, unchanged since its conception in 1966, is a shoe that has stayed true to its roots. Now it has become a classic for any casual occasion and can be paired perfectly with any summer outfit.

How to match your shoes with your shorts this summer

Vans Authentic in True White

£52

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Orlebar Brown Bulldog Mid-Length Swim Shorts

£145

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