From the Mailbag: Shorts and Shoes in really hot climates.
Subject: Shorts and Shoes
I live in Texas, where the weather is shorts capable for 9 months out of the year. The only problem is, I don’t exactly know what sort of shoes to wear with said shorts other than flip-flops, tennis shoes, or boat shoes. Do you have any suggestions for shoes other than these? I had considered the driving mocs, but I’m concerned that they would look strange with shorts. Any input would be great.
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Subject: Re: Shorts and Shoes
Thanks for the kind words. We enjoy putting the site together. So a win win all around.
Here’s the good news: Some people, including Esquire’s style corespondent, think you really can wear driving mocs with your shorts. Here’s the bad news: Wearing anything other than classic American style sneakers, flip flops, or boat shoes can get really tough to pull off.
I think the question maybe to ask is not what to wear on your feet, but instead what to wear on your legs.
If a pair of sneakers won’t fly for a certain event, shouldn’t you be wearing pants anyway?
(Chinos by Banana Republic. James Bond’s Suit by… some expensive designer)
Yes it’s ungodly hot in Texas in the summer. I know, I’ve been there for it. But pants have worked for James Bond in the Bahamas. It could work for you in Texas. And he’s wearing a jacket.
Shorts are comfortable and easy. But if you’re trying to look a shade better than decent, shorts just won’t be in the picture. I can’t remember the last time any of us saw George Clooney’s calves. Shorts are kind of like winter hats with pom poms on top. Sure they can be fun, but it’s one more thing you’re going to have in common with a 12 year old while wearing it.
Keep your summer pants (or suits) light in both color and fabric weight. Chino or linen blend, nothing else. Take a cool or downright cold shower to start the day, to the point where it’s uncomfortable, and cut back on the caffeine. That should help set the tone for your internal body temp. Skip the socks, add some foot powder, and give it a try. You might be surprised that it’s not that much different than wearing a pair of shorts.
Will I totally stick to pants when the hot weather comes back around? Of course not. But when it comes time to pull on a pair of shorts, like you, I’ll have filp flops, boat shoes, or my favorite pair of Jack Purcells on my feet.
Enjoy the Texas Pants weather while you still got it.