During the casual days of summer, a pair of sneakers can dress down a lightweight cotton suit or add a pop of color to jeans — but you've got to do it right. "Blend business with casual and vice versa," says Rian Pozzebon, head designer for Vans. Wear clean, restrained sneakers with a summer suit — no Air Jordans with a pinstripe — and larger basketball sneakers with more understated basics. Here is our guide for pairing classic skaters, slip-ons, hi-tops, and boat shoes with the right clothes and occasion.
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SWIMS Luca Sneakers
New for Spring 2014, the Luca Sneaker is the latest from do-anything, go-anywhere, all-terrain shoe company SWIMS. They're made from an anti-bacterial mesh which allows you to go sans socks, sans worries this summer – and will dry up in a pinch should you get them wet. [$135; swims.com]