Low-cut Chucks just not low enough for you and your summertime attire? Peep these new Converse Chuck Taylor Coast Sneakers ($40). Sporting a "super-low" profile and dyed canvas, they offer a relaxed, slightly distressed look, which should go well with a uniform of shorts and tees.
One of the only knocks we've ever heard about the bulk of New Balance's sneaker lineup is their conservative appearance. That's not a problem with these New Balance Custom US574 Sneakers ($115). Made in America, these custom kicks allow you to alter the color of the sole, toe wrap, saddle, ankle wrap, mesh, tongue label, heel wrap, heel tab, embroidery, logo, lining, and laces, and let you personalize even further by adding your own message to the back of each shoe.
Our go-to summer sneaker now lets you be even lazier. The Vans Era Laceless ($42), a nice mix of the Era slip-on and the classic Authentic kicks, keeps the simple canvas structure and simply drops the laces. Choose from black, white, or red.
Obviously inspired by Volkswagen slogans, the Patagonia Das Boot ($175) is built for anything, with a TecTuff leather upper, a full toe box, waterproof construction, PrimaLoft Eco insulation and PolarTec 200 lining, an EVA footbed that molds to your foot, a Vibram trail outsole with Icetrek rubber for unbeatable traction, and a Patagonia Air Cushion Plus insert for comfort. Oh, and about that slogan thing? Totally joking.
Mixing hard working utility with casual style, the Red Wing Work Oxford ($275) lets you transition from worksite to dinner date with minimal hassle. Features include an Abilene leather upper, a Goodyear welt, and a thick sole that will keep your heels happy all day long.